Il gioco preferito
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
Out of print, bitches. Find your own copy.
The Favorite Game is a love story, a love story about bei ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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