Leonard Cohen’s Reading List: Cocksure By Mordecai Richler

In his September 6, 1984 CBC interview with Vicki Gabereau, Leonard praises Cocksure by Mordecai Richler, calling it “a wonderful book” (although Leonard can’t recall the name of the book, it is clear from his description of a character who cannibalizes body parts to prolong his life that it is Cocksure).

The Penguin site offers this description of the book:

In the swinging culture of sixties’ London, Canadian Mortimer Griffin is a beleaguered editor adrift in a sea of hypocrisy and deceit. Alone in a world where nobody shares his values but everyone wants the same things, Mortimer must navigate the currents of these changing times. Richler’s eccentric cast of characters include the gorgeous Polly, who conducts her life as though it were a movie, complete with censor-type cuts at all the climactic moments; Rachel Coleman, slinky Black Panther of the boudoir; Star Maker, the narcissistic Hollywood tycoon who has discovered the secret of eternal life; and a precocious group of school children with a taste for the teachings of the Marquis de Sade. Cocksure is a savagely funny satire on television, movies, and the entertainment industry.This is Mordecai Richler at his most caustic and wicked best.


The Leonard Cohen Reading List

This is the latest entry to the Leonard Cohen Reading List, a compilation of books commended by the Canadian singer-songwriter.

All entries in the Leonard Cohen Reading List can be found at

The Original Leonard Cohen Reading List


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted September 11, 2018.

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