The Favourite Game
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.
In this first novel he give ...more
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.
The Favorite Game is a love story, a love story about bei ...more
Out of print, bitches. Find your own copy.
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Here is my poem for you.
I don’t know you, Anne.
I don’t know you, Anne.
I don’t know you, Anne."
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 ...more
I'm not too sure that his fiction (or semi-autobiographical fiction, I beg your pardon) is that different from his poetry, really. I ...more
The easy way to ta ...more
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
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
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
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