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A Brincadeira Favorita

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,320 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Em 1959, o poeta Leonard Cohen se retirou em Londres e na ilha grega de Hydra para escrever seu primeiro romance, "A brincadeira favorita". O livro foi publicado sem muito alarde em 1963. Três anos depois, um segundo romance, "Beautiful losers", encerraria a breve incursão de Cohen no gênero, e as décadas seguintes o teriam como um dos cantores e compositores mais adorados ...more
Paperback, Primeira, 248 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Cosac Naify (first published January 1st 1963)
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It's been over 10 years since I read Cohen's Beautiful Losers and I really don't remember much besides, well, a vibrator. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book? What will the favorite game turn out to be? Does it involve a vibrator?

This is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel about Montrealian (is that a thing? let's call it a thing) Lawrence Breavman who, from a rather young age, is fairly obsessed with sex. Or, I don't know, maybe all boys are, or maybe it's a Canadian thing.

Paul Bryant
Nov 23, 2011 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leonard Cohen, like the artist at various times known as Prince, likes to fuse God and sex together, so that for him shagging is like Communion is for Catholics, and he shares this view with crazy cult leaders and holy lechers throughout history, as can be seen in songs like Hallelujah (check out what that holy dove is up to), Dance Me to the End of Love (one of my top favourites) and his other - wilder - weirder - better - far more disgusting - novel Beautiful Losers.

In this first novel he give
Dec 25, 2015 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Kada spava, svaki covek je samo dete!

Iskreno, nisam nikad bila fan Koena ali me je zainteresovalo da procitam njegov prvi roman i moram priznati da sam se prijatno iznenadila. Pise na jako dopadljiv nacin, ima lepe opise i drzi paznju do samog kraja.
David Hartzheim
Jul 23, 2014 David Hartzheim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't take very many pages into Leonard Cohen's The Favorite Game to be reminded just how much the man loves language and how well he paints with it. Better known as a song writer and a poet, Cohen has published only two novels: The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). No doubt he has his reasons for not channeling more of his output into prose, but it's a shame as his fiction is every bit as good as his music and poetry.

The Favorite Game is a love story, a love story about bei
Dec 31, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As can be confirmed from the recently released biography of Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man, The Favourite Game is a semi- autobiographical work. Humour is something most people don’t associate with Leonard Cohen but this book has it (mostly in the first part). What I first found striking about the book was the short chapters, more like vignettes almost like poems connecting the dots of the story. Not having grown up in 1950’s Canada I can only guess that Cohen’s depiction of it during Breavman’s chi ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Shell was genuinely fond of him. She had to resort to that expression when she examined her feelings. That sickened her because she did not wish to dedicate her life to a fondness. This was not the kind of quiet she wanted. The elegance of a dancing couple was remarkable only because the grace evolved from a sweet struggle of flesh. Otherwise it was puppetry, hideous. She began to understand peace as an aftermath."

Out of print, bitches. Find your own copy.
Matej Vidaković
Ne sramim se priznati kako sam "Divne gubitnike" Leonarda Cohena počinjao čitati dva puta. Prvi put sam odustao od tog aluzivnog postmodernog kaosa punog seksa, prošaptanih molitvi i pritajene želje za vječnim spasenjem. Kad sam roman, pak, uzeo drugi puta - progutao sam ga u jednom dahu. To je bilo TO. I dan-danas mi je to jedan od najdražih romana, jedan od onih čije mjesto ne možeš objasniti drugima koliko god se trudio. Kakve to veze ima sa "Omiljenom igrom" (inače, prvim Cohenovim romanom)? ...more
Brian Baker
Mar 12, 2012 Brian Baker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I only got halfway through this so maybe it's a bit unfair to give it a one-star rating, but I couldn't sustain my interest in this book. It's a good job he took up music in my opinion - a three minute drone is pleasant enough, but over a hundred pages of it palls horribly. Sincerely B. Baker
Nov 03, 2010 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Drew
Lawrence Breavman, you are, in actuality, a misogynist, a user and a taker and your ultimate fate is briefly noted within the same grey colored future as you left your mother and deserted your friend and lovers.

I have no real summary review of this book - what it does is remind me again of the wisdom of Shakyamuni in the Upajjhatthana Sutta:

"'I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.'

"'I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.' ...

"'I am subject to death, have not gone beyo
Dec 15, 2010 Sophia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was talking with my philosophy teacher about stream-of-consciousness fiction. We both agreed it was a frustrating format, because, as he put it, "it was too self-indulgent."

Enter Leonard Cohen, brilliant poet and musician. His books are blatantly too much of a good thing -- because if you want 330 pages of his poetic comparisons, you must have some kind of infinite tolerance. It took forever to finish because it was just so odd to go through; it was vaguely chronological, but felt almost above
Jan 26, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A few years ago, I read Beautiful Losers and was impressed by its beauty. It took me a while to come to Leonard's other novel, because sometimes when a poet you love has written only two novels, you want to take your time to be finished with his literature. Now that I had a bit of spare time I came to the Favourite Game, and it fed me, I was dry inside and didn't know it, and it gave me poetic energy and the desire to write again, and I did. I think that the most beautiful books deliver inspirat ...more
Ilyhana Kennedy
Feb 22, 2015 Ilyhana Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason why I give less than five stars to so many others.
Exquisitely written, it allows the reader an insight into the life experiences of a brutally self-involved person.
The central character Breavman lives in a world of his own creation, a world of "expectation". He lurches from one whim to the next and in the process leaves a trail of relationship debris, about which he cares little.
In the sheer genius of his style, Cohen redeems his protagonist from his life of arrogance an
Apr 05, 2009 Eggsovergreasy marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
I tired to read this book for a second time and again I couldn't make it past the first 10 pages.

Leonard Cohen is one of my top 5 favorite music list, but I don't like his prose at all.

All of the literature in the James Joyce style of "steam of consciousness" or whatever you call it... when the text tries to confuse you... no, it doesn't cut it with me. Though I can't say Cohen's text in this book was incoherent... you just get the feeling immediately that it's more about the writer than about
Lucas Ferraz
Jan 21, 2016 Lucas Ferraz rated it it was amazing
A Brincadeira Favorita é um livro envolvente, que incomoda e instiga com sua narrativa caótica e poética.
A misoginia que citei anteriormente é menos um ódio e mais uma adoração do feminino provinda do medo do personagem por conhecer a si mesmo, que o leva a mergulhar em corpos e versos, cada qual se retroalimentando e fortalecendo suas delusões e desilusões.
Essa aspecto egoísta se apresenta até para com o amigo que, tendo crescido, deixou de atender às suas expectativas de conversas espirituosas
Some pretty incredible imagery and language unfortunately mired by misogyny in what is essentially a young man's coming of age story established around an enumeration of his sexual conquests.
Melissa D'andrea
I respect Leonard Cohen but I was so bored with this book and felt it lacked a plot. Didn't help that the protagonist was extremely unlikable.
May 27, 2015 Greta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She went to sleep and he opened his eyes in the black and his room was never emptier or a woman further away. He listened to her breathing. It was like the delicate engine of some cruel machine spreading distance after distance between them. Her sleep was the final withdrawal, more perfect than anything she could say or do. She slept with a deeper grace than that with which she moved."

"Here is my poem for you.
I don’t know you, Anne.
I don’t know you, Anne.
I don’t know you, Anne."


It's the crapshoot of prose written by a poet: parts break your heart, other parts fail to keep your attention.
Susan Armstrong
Sep 02, 2014 Susan Armstrong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
longest read ever of a short book. The Globe and Mail compared it to Catcher in the Rye. I think not.
Jan 14, 2016 Aries rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Di solito si vorrebbe sempre parlare bene degli autori che ci piacciono o addirittura amiamo e, proprio per questo, l'occhio può tendere a essere più benevolo rispetto ad altri che ci sono sconosciuti.

Leonard Cohen è, per quanto mi riguarda, un grandissimo artista con una capacità unica di esprimere immagini ed emozioni in musica; ammetto, però, che fino a pochi anni fa ignoravo totalmente il fatto che prima di comporre e cantare avesse intrapreso (o tentato) la strada della scrittura, attravers
Hannah Lockhart
This actually took me quite a while to read. I read it in slivers, in small sections, maybe a few pages a day for a month. Perhaps I was savouring it or perhaps it was just difficult to read. In all likelihood, it was a mixture of the two. A friend leant it to me, knowing how much I love Leonard Cohen (I leant her his poetry book 'The Book of Longing' in exchange).

I'm not too sure that his fiction (or semi-autobiographical fiction, I beg your pardon) is that different from his poetry, really. I
Aug 29, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-1969, prose
Cohen's prose is generous yet contained, and so exquisitely evocative and sensual that reading The Favourite Game in a short period of time, as I did, in just over five hours, begins to feel much like the hours-long embrace of passionate young lovers, punctuated by fevered outbursts of raw sexuality. Putting the book down, at its end, feels like one last tight hug and tender kiss at a door, before the young lovers lose one another for an unthinkable, no matter how short, time.

The easy way to ta
Aug 06, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This could get a little gushy...Being a huge fan of Leonard Cohen, imagine my joy when Jade found this book at the library. Imagine also my nervousness at starting it - would it meet my (very high) expectations or would I struggle to find something to admire? It felt a little like a first date.

It seems fitting then that, once embarked upon, the experience of reading this felt like a wonderful seduction, each word chosen with such care, that had me falling in love with Leonard all over again. A c
Jul 28, 2009 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A novel of dialogue and memory in which a young man tells his lover about his experiences growing up in Montreal. Some of those experiences seem embarrassingly intimate, and even if the young man does not tell his lover about them, the third person narrator describes them for us, the readers. The narrator mentions “scars” early in the novel and this suggests a possible metaphor for the text, which combines sexual experimentation, violence and adolescent consciousness in a way that frequently see ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Hamish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really liked it the first time I read it, but I have more mixed feelings now. There are some really beautiful passages, and others that scream 'this is my first novel'. Most of the really good ones are at the beginning, when Our Protagonist is a kid, and then to a lesser extent again at the end. Cohen links some images and rapidly jumps chronologically in a way that creates this really effective choppiness. But as it progresses he gets more showy in a way that isn't as effective, and so much of ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Breavman is a child, then a youth, then something a little older. Lawrence Breavman is a student, a lover, a seeker. But mostly Lawrence Breavman is just really fucking intense.
The novel unfolds in discrete imagistic scenes. The writing's very, forlackofabetterword, poetic: it reaches constantly and often ostentatiously toward beauty, transcendence, etc. There's a bit of a tendency to aphorism, with results that are pretty if not always earned. Beauty, achieving beauty, holding on to be
Dane Cobain
Oct 10, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not to be confused with the (quite frankly awesome) song of the same name by The Cardigans, The Favourite Game is singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's first novel, and boy, does it set a high standard. In fact, I'm inclined to think of it as Cohen's best, and it's certainly my personal favourite.

It's also a difficult book to classify - Cohen's fluid prose often resembles poetry in its style and form, and there are elements of the manuscript that are autobiographical. It has a story behind it, too -
Jodi Lu
I love Leonard Cohen so much, but not so much that he can do no wrong, and he does some wrong here. There is stunning poetry in this prose, as you'd expect (or maybe you'd expect nothing of a short paperback it took me over two YEARS to finish), but it's VERY heavy-handed (as one might also expect). When you are enjoying the sting of being artfully hit, he hits you again too soon, too much, too deliberately, and then you get calloused, and dizzy, and disinterested ultimately. It is very good, bu ...more

ho fatto fatica a leggerlo. e non ho capito perché fin quasi alla fine: mi piaceva, era intenso e pensieroso, problematico come piace a me. troppo, ecco. i pensieri di un capitolo concentrati in una frase per volta, compressi. per leggerlo veramente ci vuole la concentrazione di dieci pagine in ogni riga, e io così faccio fatica.
come dopo aver letto troppo coupland, mi sono convinto che c'è qualcosa di malinconico, nel canada. un paese troppo grande per avere un'unica anima, con le città troppo

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Leonard Norman Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963.
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