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من گم شده بودم

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In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour – a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and war, with their infinite capacity for f...more
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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.

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...more
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
"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.
David Hartzheim
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...more
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It's the crapshoot of prose written by a poet: parts break your heart, other parts fail to keep your attention.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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 -...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

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
Mar 20, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is on my bedside table because it was recommended by Alan, a bookseller at Waterstones in Islington, who seemed from his other picks to have good taste. And I've always had a soft spot for Leonard Cohen. Soft like a spreading bruise...
Daniel Benevides
Tem uma ótima edição em português, da Cosac Naify, mas nao apareceu a capinha aqui
Non conosco abbastanza Cohen per fare un paragone con le sue canzoni, ma questo libro è poesia allo stato puro. Una serie di fotografie che ci portano dall'infanzia all'età adulta di Breavman, illustrandoci le sue scoperte e i suoi pensieri.
Il rapporto con i genitori, l'amicizia e soprattutto l'amore sono i temi ricorrenti di questa vita in fondo simile a tante altre, ma resa lirica da un linguaggio mai banale. Il dono dei grandi poeti è quello di rendere commoventi e speciali anche le cose più...more
Jordaan Mason
'your body will never familiar.'
Erwin Maack

Livro 3, 10
" Algumas mulheres tomam a própria beleza como um carro esporte especialmente adaptado ou um cavalo puro-sangue. Levam-na a cada compromisso e dão entrevistas sentadas na sela. As mais afortunadas sofrem pequenos acidentes e aprendem a andar na rua porque ninguém quer dar ouvidos a uma senhora arrogante. Algumas mulheres vestem musgo sobre a beleza e de vez em quando alguma coisa remove esse musgo – um amante, uma gravidez, ou mesmo a morte -, e um sorriso incrível se revela, olhos p...more
I've always thought of Leonard Cohen as a songwriter and poet first (Every time I hear his name I get his song "Hallelujah" stuck in my head) so I was surprised to see that he'd written a novel. The Favorite Game was actually written and published clear back in the early 1960s, so it's not like Cohen just recently turned away from poetry to start writing straight prose. And, to be honest, in a lot of ways this book reads like poetry. Cohen's descriptions of scenery, a lover's body, even scenes o...more
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

Ramble and Review

Leonard Cohen is deep, lyrical, and a hit with the ladies. He knows what you know about what others know about women. He is a master.

The Favorite Game is a novel which at times seems more like a collection of poems and philosophy. The novel ends up coming off like those of other geniuses, as a bit abstract at times, difficult to decipher at times, and a bit disconnected from an overall rhythm and logical linkage. Sometimes I don't know if I'm not smart enough, or not patient en...more
Adelina Gabriela
Debutul lui Cohen cu "Joaca preferată" poate fi asemănat cu "De veghe în lanul de secară", nu numai datorită subiectului asemănător, ci şi prin ilustrarea atât de sugestivă şi de emoţionantă a tinereţii.
Într-un mod original şi aproape liric pe alocuri, autorul îl descrie pe Lawrence Breavman începând cu perioada copilăriei până la adolescenţă, trecând prin toate relaţiile, nevrozele, obsesiile, temerile, detaliindu-le cu o excepţională delicateţe şi reuşind astfel să egaleze romanul lui Salin...more
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
May 26, 2008 Kirstie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love Leonard Cohen, those interested in the past days of Montreal
I should start by saying a little something. I adore Leonard Cohen...I actually think he's one of the best lyricists out there (if not *the best*) and on a visceral note, often times has his music completely soothed me (especially on trains..if you're taking an overnight AMTRAK ride across sleepy North America, be sure to bring about eight hours of early period Leonard Cohen, mainly: Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs from a Room, Songs of Love and Hate, and New Skin for the Old Ceremony. Or, if you...more
Lorenzo Berardi
Having begun my discovery of the N-side of Leonard Cohen with his sophomore novel, the sensuous and polymorphic "Beautiful Losers", I picked up The Favorite Game with lively curiosity.

I was expecting an interesting but not completely focused book, while I soon found myself caught in the charming cobweb drawn by its author.
Let's put it straight: this is a novel in which Mr.Cohen wrote down a sensational hagiography of himself.
Whatever his literary alter-ego Lawrence Breavman does, he manages to...more
I must admit I never realised that Leonard Cohen wrote novels until my friend handed this to me while we were at the Oxfam the other weekend. *bad fangirl* but I bought it and loved it! It wasn't as lyrical as some musicans prose. There were some wonderful passages though. It was fairly typical subject matter, childhood and teen coming of age and young love and sex. The characters weren't particularly loveable but I found myself loving it anyway. It reminded me than anything else of Milan Kunder...more
I've probably read this book every two or three years since I was 15, and each year it's been a different experience. When I was younger it sold me on the mythology of Montreal, and of the figure of the poet. Today, after having taught it several times and preparing to teach it again, I strongly believe it's a satire of all the things I thought it was about in the first place: masculinity, poetry, mythologies, and the stoic figure of the poet alone. The more I study this (I've now taught it ever...more
Malory  d'Amboise
In describing the work of Leonard Cohen, one has to be careful to not mimic the festooned tongue of the drunk, for he stands a great chance in coming off as mad or, in some cases, weak at the helm of some precarious ague. ���The Favourite Game��� is a lyric of tipsy Dionysian raft, a scorch of complexity, and where the mindless meetings of philosophical contentions run clockwise and busy against a jarring tempo of lips and bodies conspiring to burn in unity, like the soft clash of twin empires,...more
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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.
Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone. The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his inf...more
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