Coming Through Slaughter

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Vintage Canada, 1998 - 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  - blanderson - LibraryThing

A study on how style can effectively dominate narration. Ondaatje moves the story not with plot but with a keen sense of emotional description, as if you are watching a montage or viewing an ... Read full review

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

Not my cup of tea. First book I have ever even looked at by Ondaatje. I will be taking a look at another one today and hope to have a better time of it. The book, and or subject, just couldn't keep my ... Read full review

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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