You cannot separate a person from his work, and until this book, I was familiar with Leonard Cohen's songs, and of course, his very distinct voice. While reading this book, I could hear that voice telling the story. It feels like stream-of-consciousness writing, almost effortless. Still, there is a context and a plot, going back to the 17th Century and filled with historical facts.
The beautiful incantation "God is alive. Magic is afoot." made famous by Buffy Sainte-Marie is in this book.
I came to this book sideways, while reading the biography of Alanis Obomsawin. It mentioned that she and Cohen were friends in the 1960s in Montreal. I love tangential thinking and where it might lead.
I couldn't finish this book. I wanted to put it down after 40 pages but kept reading hoping it would get better but finally gave up on it 80 pages in.
One of my favorite books! Highly recommended.
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