bought this on kindle to preserve my 1st edition, which was appropriately, stolen from a public library for me. everyone should own, or at least read this book in their lifetime. i have read few books where the prose is quite so evocative and free of self censorship, where not a thought is left unsaid, and is as beautifully written as to elicit such deep emotion on almost every page, to the point where it is almost painful. one doesn't like to presume that the effort it must have taken to write it, ensured that this would be cohen's last novel, but perhaps it was felt that there was no need/point in any further. it remains, as do all other aspects of leonard cohen's career, painstakingly detailed, considered and essential to the whole picture. and for the pittance asked, does it deserve not to be purchased.