Book Review - Leonard Cohen - Book of Longingam 11.06.2006 16:05:37 von John Metzger
ve cries evoke something from deep
within the northern psyche. To the uninitiated, the fuss surrounding
Cohen and his work can be perplexing. "Music to slash your wrists by"
and other dismissive summations that routinely are dished out completely
miss the humor that lies beneath the pathos in much of his work.
Cohen's new volume Book of Longing should do much to quell this shallow
understanding of his canon. Anyone who's ever witnessed Cohen ply his
trade in concert knows that if he hadn't chosen to be a musician and
poet, he could have done well as a standup comedian. The manner in which
he introduces his songs forces the listener to reconsider his underlying
motivations as an artist simply because he's so damn funny and
self-deprecating. This slender book deals mostly with the
disappointments of old age in such a way that the reader doesn't know
whether to laugh or cry when reading them.
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