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on 27 December 2016
Overall, this is somewhat disappointing. The fly cover states that "in this philosophical biography, Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination" but to me, she fails to do so. This is more a disparate rambling rather than a coherent exposé and I'm not sure I know anymore about Cohen or his place in international culture than I did before.
In fairness, I was irritated at her description of the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, which appears fairly early on, and represents a very different festival to the one I attended; having irritated a reader early on, it's hard to recover, but there's so little reference to Hydra, for example, which was an enduring part of his life, or his Québécoise origins, or his various relationships, or . . .