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Coming Through Slaughter Paperback – March 19, 1996
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"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
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Buddy Bolden, New Orleans cornet player, early jazz genius who dropped out of sight for two years and then made a triumphant if short-lived return, before dying in an asylum. This is the source. The facts about Bolden remain murky, and Ondaatje has created a life around him. It is a story as much about jazz, New Orleans, and decay as it is about the sad life of a single horn player.
I wish I didn't have to say this. I appologize to those who already are clear on the difference between fact and fiction. I am simply exasperated after 5 years of people wrongly recomending this book to people interested in early jazz as information about Buddy Bolden.
For entertaining fiction, read a Michael Ondaatje novel. For the facts about Bolden, read Donald Marquis' book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It is beautifully and poetically written. The format is great and expect it also to be different. Read morePublished 5 months ago by andrea steffen
I love Michael Ondaatje's style, but not in this one. I presented a paper on this book. I totally understand that there is a purpose in writing his book in this way, as he wants to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Soran
Truly incredible book.
A must read for aspirin artists, musicians, and writers.
The book often gets confusing due to the constantly changing perspective. I personally didn't like it because of this but the story itself was pretty interesting.Published 11 months ago by Ramsin Y
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 18 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 21 months ago by JD
Great service, price, and excellent book condition. Win-win!Published on August 16, 2014 by Big Henning
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 on August 8, 2014 by The Strongest Productions