The Favourite Game

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1994

byLEONARD COHENAfterword byPaul Quarrington

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In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour – a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and war, with their infinite capacity for fantasy and cruelty; his secret experiments with hypnotism; the night-long adventures with Krantz, his beloved comrade and confidant. Later, achieving literary fame as a college student, Breavman does penance through manual labour, but ultimately flees to New York. And although he has loved the bodies of many women, it is only when he meets Shell, whom he awakens to her own beauty, that he discovers the totality of love and its demands, and comes to terms with the sacrifices he must make.

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The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen is a richly satirical novel about a Montreal Jewish boy who confronts his vocation as a poet. A semi-autobiographical work, The Favourite Game was the legendary poet's first novel and is a shrewd appraisal of the human comedy and the "game" of love. It charts Lawrence Breavman's personal odyssey as h...

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In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour – a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and w...

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“Is there any Canadian novel as compelling and as good at capturing youthful anxieties as J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye? Absolutely.…Leonard Cohen’s first novel, The Favourite Game.…One of the 10 best Canadian novels of the 20th century.…”— Globe and Mail (January 2000)“The Favourite Game is a morally brave book, intimate and unf...

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. He received his B.A. from McGill University and pursued graduate studies in English at Columbia University. Soon thereafter, he returned to Montreal and worked in his family’s clothing business while he continued to write poetry. His artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of Let U...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.97 × 4.25 × 0.52 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:McClelland & Stewart

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ISBN - 10:0771099541

ISBN - 13:9780771099540

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is fabulous novel autobiographical novel about growing up Jewish in Montreal in during the mid 20th C. I recommend this novel even if you're not LC fan. If you are, its essential. Canadian Classic to stand up to anything from anywhere else.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic piece of CanLit. This book is a must read!! It is Canada's answer to Catcher in the Rye, but MUCH funnier, sexier, and more interesting in general. At the same time, it is a very thought-provoking portrait of the artist as a young man , and what an artist Breaveman/Cohen is!!! This is among the best books written in Canada in the 20th century.
Date published: 2005-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Canadian Favourite This book was wonderfully written and if you want to enhance your vocabulary this book by Leonard Cohen is the one to read. This fiction/autobiography really gives you an in depth reality of the character Breavman and his struggle with life. So if you are looking for the perfect Canadian book I would suggest "The Favourite Game", it is a truly touching story and is a great book.
Date published: 2000-06-28

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The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen is a richly satirical novel about a Montreal Jewish boy who confronts his vocation as a poet. A semi-autobiographical work, The Favourite Game was the legendary poet's first novel and is a shrewd appraisal of the human comedy and the "game" of love. It charts Lawrence Breavman's personal odyssey as he discovers himself and the world around him and finally discards family, friends and mistresses to move on through life alone.

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“Is there any Canadian novel as compelling and as good at capturing youthful anxieties as J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye? Absolutely.…Leonard Cohen’s first novel, The Favourite Game.…One of the 10 best Canadian novels of the 20th century.…”— Globe and Mail (January 2000)“The Favourite Game is a morally brave book, intimate and unflinching.…Leonard Cohen sustains the highest level of poetic craftsmanship throughout.”— Paul Quarrington“He is a writer of terrific energy and colour, a Rabelaisian comic and a visualiser of some memorable scenes.”— The Observer (U.K.)“It is the kind of book that becomes a law unto itself, simply because there is nothing with which to compare it.”— Calgary Albertan