SIGNED BY ONDAATJE in his customary scrawl on the title page. Review copy with slip and author photo laid in. Ondaatje's second work of prose poetry - based on the life of New Orleans jazz musician Buddy Boland. Price clipped. Remnants of price sticker at back panel, Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: 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.
From the Back Cover: At the turn of the century, the Storyville district of New Orleans had some 2,000 prostitutes, 70 professional gamblers, and 30 piano players. It had only one man who played the cornet like Buddy Bolden. By day he cut hair and purveyed gossip at N. Joseph's Shaving Parlor. At night he played jazz as though unleashing wild animals in a crowded room. At the age of thirty-one, Buddy Bolden went mad. From these sparse facts Michael Ondaatje has created a haunting, lushly atmospheric novel about one of jazz's legendary pioneers and martyrs. Obsessed with death, addicted to whiskey, and self-destructively in love with two women, Buddy Bolden embodies all the dire claims that music places on its acolytes. And as told in Coming Through Slaughter, his story is as beautiful and chilling as a New Orleans funeral procession, where even the mourners dance.
Title: Coming Through Slaughter (Signed)
Publisher: W.W Norton
Publication Date: 1976
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description W W Norton & Co Ltd, 1976. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92154713
Book Description W W Norton & Co Ltd, 1976. Book Condition: Good. Instructor's Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP12666075
Book Description WW Norton & Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2721199495
Book Description WW Norton & Co, 1977. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0393087654-2-4
Book Description WW Norton & Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0393087654
Book Description WW Norton & Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0393087654. Bookseller Inventory # FV-0261797
Book Description W W Norton & Co, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 2nd Printing. Firmly bound w/light bump to spine ends; foxing on textbox edge. DJ front flap corners clipped, some soil from handling. Pages clean and sharp. Book. Bookseller Inventory # WS02115
Book Description W.W Norton & Co., New York, 1976. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. Previous owners name written inside on title page and notes on last page. Bookseller Inventory # 011484
Book Description W.W. Norton, New York, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 8vo., 156, pp., cloth backed boards in dust jacket, Book is fine, dust jacket is very good with correct price and coding to copyright page for first impression. The jacket is clipped at bottom corner of front flap as with all copies we have seen. Remnants of glue on front inner flap from removed price sticket, a minor crease else fine. An uttetrly brilliant work based on the life of Buddy Bolden - the founder of New Orleans Jazz. Bookseller Inventory # 029509
Book Description WW Norton & Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020393087654