Coming Through Slaughter

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Vintage Canada, 1998 - Jazz musicians - 160 pages
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Many readers still claim this haunting, atmospheric novel of Michael Ondaatje's as their first love - a novel as sensual and erotic today as ever it was. At the turn of the century, the Storyville district of New Orleans had some 2000 prostitutes, 70 professional gamblers, and 30 piano players. But it had only one man who played the cornet like Buddy Bolden - he who cut hair by day at N. Joseph's Shaving Parlor, and at night played jazz, unleashing an unforgettable wildness and passion in crowded rooms. Self-destructively in love with two women, he embodied all the dire claims that music places on its acolytes. At the age of 31, Buddy Bolden went mad. From these sparse facts, Michael Ondaatje has created a story as beautiful and chilling as a New Orleans funeral procession, where even the mourners dance.

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User Review  - Eyejaybee - LibraryThing

I found this book a bit of a struggle. Set in Storyville, the red light district of New Orleans at the start of the twentieth century, it promised a lot but failed to deliver. The novella tells the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Polaris- - LibraryThing

In June 1907, Charles "Buddy" Bolden is 'escorted' by Civil Sheriffs McMurray and Jones en route from New Orleans to an insane asylum in Jackson, Louisiana. He has suffered a complete breakdown while ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, and came to Canada in 1962. He is the author of The English Patient, In the Skin of a Lion, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, and the memoir Running in the Family. His most recent book is the anthology of Canadian stories, From Ink Lake. He lives in Toronto.

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