Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen

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Incorporating previously unpublished letters, journals, notebooks, songs, and other writings--a massive archive that Cohen himself has preserved--and hours of interviews with Cohen and his closest friends and colleagues, Ira Nadel gives readers an extraordinary rich and revealing life of one of the most fascinating and artists of our time. Photos.

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Ira B. Nadel is a book critic for the Canadian Broadcasting Company and a professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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The flamboyant life of Canadian singer/ songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen (b. 1934) is given straightforward treatment in this authorized biography by Nadel, a book reviewer for the CBC and professor of English at the University of British Columbia. The chief virtues of the book are its thorough research and its honesty. Clearly an admirer of Cohen's work, Nadel is unstinting in his depiction of his subject as one who has "led a life of unfettered romance, largely free of obligations or responsibility." From Cohen's precocious childhood in the Jewish community of Montreal through his years as one of Canada's most promising young poets, to his intermittent career as a sort of lugubrious rock star?"the prince of bummers"?the artist comes across as egotistical, charming, dilettantish and moody, swinging wildly between vainglory and self-pity. He was an improbabale singer: even Cohen compared his voice to a bumblebee?in theory it shouldn't fly, but it does. The melodrama of his life seems manufactured to fit his gifts as both singer and songwriter, but these talents are difficult to evoke in prose, and Nadel isn't likely to convince anyone who isn't yet a fan of Cohen's abilities. The faithful, however, will light scented candles as they follow the well-traced turns of the artist's life. Photos.
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