"Anybody who cares about good writing ... should get this book and luxuriate in it." — Minneapolis Tribune
"One of the most innovative and liberating writers of our time." — Geoff Dyer, The Observer
"A beautifully detailed story, perhaps the finest jazz novel ever written." — The Sunday Times
"Coming Through Slaughter ... is so stuffed full of the dolour and lust that both buoys and blemishes a life, it reads like a story dying to be told." — Books in Canada
Bringing to life the fabulous, colorful panorama of New Orleans in the first flush of the jazz era, this book tells the story of Buddy Bolden, the first of the great trumpet players--some say the originator of jazz--who was, in any case, the genius, the guiding spirit, and the king of that time and place.
In this fictionalized meditation, Bolden, an unrecorded father of Jazz, remains throughout a tantalizingly ungraspable phantom, the central mysteries of his life, his art, and his madness remaining felt but never quite pinned down. Ondaatje's prose is at times startlingly lyrical, and as he chases Bolden through documents and scenes, the novel partakes of the very best sort of modern detective novel--one where the enigma is never resolved, but allowed to manifest in its fullness. Though more 'experimental' in form than either The English Patient or In the Skin of a Lion, it is a fitting addition to the renowned Ondaatje oeuvre.
I love jazz, and I loved "But Beautiful" so much that when I found this book recommended in the Afterwords, I bought it immediately. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zordan Lorenzo
This book is just about as quotable as Tombstone, Anchorman, or Death Wish starring the late, great Hollywood motion picture star, Mr. Charlie Bronson. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JD
It is my life's dream to make this beautiful tapestry of words about jazz, art, madness and New Orleans into a film that would do its wealth of staggering feeling for all four... Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Strongest Productions
The prose flows and bubbles mirroring the syncopated rhythms of very early "jass". It is a thoughtfully told story of the convergence of mental illness and genius in Jazz... Read morePublished 13 months ago by dvzydeco
Beautifully written like poetry as only This writer can do. A painful life story set within the lights of this authors tremendous talent.Published 14 months ago by lisa melilli
Coming Through Slaughter is the imagined life story of the early jazz musician, Charles "Buddy" Bolden. Bolden was born around 1876 in New Orleans. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steven Davis
I'm watching treme' and know of Steve Earle's affinity for this book so decided to give it a go. It's told wonderfully and I'll need to re-read for the nuances, but I very much... Read morePublished 17 months ago by David Flynn