This is a wonderful novel. It is funny, satirical and sad. It is a true portrait of an artist from his early days to the time when he became successful and accomplished.
Leonard Cohen had quite a life. The novel is autobiographical in many ways and it captures how Cohen started as an artist. He had moments of self-doubt…or shall I say many. But what artist doesn’t. He has also had a lot of heartaches, usually in the hands of lovers. And that is also expected for artists and all of us.
I think hardship occurs for artists more often than for ordinary folk though. I think the reason for this is because they look at the world very differently. They have a sensitivity and a perspicuity that most ordinary folks don’t have. This is why they are artists and most people can’t be musicians and artists.
This book captures and assesses the human condition as a comedy and a satirical exposition. It is a must read for all Cohen lovers. It will give the reader a better appreciation of this great mind and heart.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth