In praise of Wein­traub

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Re: A shrewd eye for un­con­scious com­edy; the life and times of Wil­liam Wein­traub, Robert Ful­ford, Nov. 14

Wil­lian Wein­traub was a good hu­morist, but un­like so many hu­morists who are can­tan­ker­ous and cur­mud­geonly when off- duty, Wein­traub was also a man of good hu­mour. He was a happy war­rior who put a smile on the face of the an­gri­est an­gry­phone while mer­ci­lessly doc­u­ment­ing the plight of the English- speak­ing com­mu­nity at the close of the past cen­tury. His gift to us was the hu­mour that al­lows hope to flour­ish long af­ter the case for op­ti­mism is closed.

I re­mem­ber him say­ing years ago in con­ver­sa­tion that he hoped to live as long as his fa­ther, who died at 93. He al­most suc­ceeded, and he prob­a­bly ex­ceeded his own ex­pec­ta­tions for the longevity of his work. An un­der­stand­ing of English Que­bec is nec­es­sar­ily in­com­plete if it ne­glects the books and films of Wil­liam Wein­traub.

Howard Green­field, Mon­treal

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