Book Of Longing

Paperback | March 27, 2007

byLEONARD COHEN

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Leonard Cohen is one of the great writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is Cohen’s eagerly awaited new collection of poems, following his highly acclaimed 1984 title, Book of Mercy, and his hugely successful 1993 publication, Stranger Music, a Globe and Mail national bestseller. Book of Longing contains erotic, playful, and provocative line drawings and artwork on every page, by the author, which interact in exciting and unexpected ways on the page with poetry that is timeless, meditative, and at times darkly humorous. The book brings together all the elements that have brought Leonard Cohen’s artistry with language worldwide recognition.


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Leonard Cohen is one of the great writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is Cohen’s eagerly awaited new collection of poems, following his highly acclaimed 1984 title, Book of Mercy, and his hugely successful 1993 publication, Stranger Music, a Globe and Mail national bestseller. Book of ...

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“[Book of Longing] is not so much an illustrated collection of poems as it is a shaped autobiography.” — Globe and Mail“It reaffirms Cohen’s mastery in the domain of desire, and devotees will not be disappointed.” — Austin Chronicle“Tenderness may have replaced passion, but Cohen’s ability to capture this shift makes it poignant and me...

Leonard Cohen’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. He has to date made sevent...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.7 × 5.65 × 0.57 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771022298

ISBN - 13:9780771022296

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Cohen is a literary genius! His words leap off of the page and burn themselves into your memory and onto your heart.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding Here's proof that Cohen was a masterful artist who could convey words to capture your imagination, whether the intention was to be funny, dark or have poignant meaning in some way. The line work & picture drawings add another layer to his work.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Floored me I'm not a fan of poetry, but somehow I took a huge leap here by buying Cohen's Book of Longing before I'd even cracked the cover. His work--astounding. Nothing short of breathtaking. His comprehension and fusion of language is impressive--you really have to just experience this, he doesn't let you down.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius Only Leonard Cohen can maintain his world-class status as an artist, philosopher, poet, singer, song-writer, arranger, producer and eternally a magnet for ladies of all ages. One can only hope that this book will be followed by song.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensual This book was amazing. Leonard is as usual sensual, descriptive and humorous. I loved it.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from im sorry - but not to you i must admit - i haven't finished reading it... but it seems to me that this is a very different cohen than we're used to. fortunately, not different enough, because it is beautiful as his other books - although perhaps in a different way. this one seems more about the forgetful, self-deceiving aspects of ideal romantic love, in contrast with what seemed to me more accurate, true representations of real relationships (in previous books). i would highly reccomend this book to all cohen fans (although if you're a fan, you already have it...)
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I thoroughly enjoyed his poetry (as always!) and the little illustrations were nice touch too. I'm sorry to hear Mr. Cohen had to come out of retirement, but at the same time I am awfully glad this book got published. Any Leonard Cohen fan will find this a pleasure to read.
Date published: 2006-05-31

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Read from the Book

IRVING AND ME AT THE HOSPITALHe stood up for NietzscheI stood up for ChristHe stood up for victoryI stood up for lessI loved to read his versesHe loved to hear my songWe never had much interestIn who was right or wrongHis boxer’s hands were shakingHe struggled with his pipeImperial TobaccoWhich I helped him lightKITCHEN TABLEThe same useless thoughts arisebut no one claims them —Loneliness seizes the frameand shakes away hopebut no one is hopelessno one is lonely —The intricate preparationsfor the next momentdirect youto read this now — Surrendered to the Onewho placed me hereI sit at the very tablewhere these songs begansome forty years ago — busy as a beein the solitude- Hydra, 1999From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“[Book of Longing] is not so much an illustrated collection of poems as it is a shaped autobiography.” — Globe and Mail“It reaffirms Cohen’s mastery in the domain of desire, and devotees will not be disappointed.” — Austin Chronicle“Tenderness may have replaced passion, but Cohen’s ability to capture this shift makes it poignant and meaningful. . . . Cohen has taken what his friend Irving Layton called ‘the inescapable lousiness of growing old’ and has given it, in its waning days, a profound romantic dignity.” — Montreal Gazette“He’s shown an uncanny knack for expressing the changing Zeitgeist.”— Toronto Star