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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Book of Longing
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on 3 June 2017
I enjoy anything by l cohen.
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on 26 April 2017
brilliant RIP Dear Leonard
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on 26 July 2017
Fab
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on 25 August 2017
Alice loved it.
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on 26 April 2017
Brings back memories
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on 30 July 2017
Fantastic collection of poetry and writing. Love the illustrations too. Leonard Cohen was so talented. He is our man for sure. Highly recommend to any Cohen fans
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on 25 August 2017
wonderful
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on 27 March 2017
Very good read
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on 25 August 2008
As fans of his music will testify, Leonard Cohen has a unique gift for translating emotion into words with art and sincerity. This book consists of various poems, passages and doodles that bear all the hallmarks of classic Cohen. Anyone who has ever struggled in life with crushing disappointment may recognize Cohen's perfect verbal distillation of their pain. Others will just enjoy the humour, wisdom and frankness. Many people are put off from reading poetry because of the unintelligible abstraction that characterizes so much of the medium. This well-presented volume is the perfect antidote. The pieces vary in subject and scope, but women and growing old are recurring themes. The prevailing impression is that Leonard Cohen is very modest - especially considering the fame and adulation he has enjoyed and endured since the sixties - and that he tries to do, and be, his best. The word is "mensch".
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on 14 January 2010
I am only familiar with Cohen's songs, and although most of them were originally written as poems it is great to read the ones he wrote in this book. The illustrations that accompany them are endearing and affective alongside the poems. It is an easy read and an excellent introductory book for someone who has never read Cohen's poetry before.
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