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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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"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." Globe and Mail

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"The Favourite Game is a morally brave book, intimate and unflinching....Leonard Cohen sustains the highest level of poetic craftsmanship throughout." Paul Quarrington

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"He is a writer of terrific energy and colour, a Rabelaisian comic and a visualiser of some memorable scenes." The Observer (U.K.)

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"It is the kind of book that becomes a law unto itself, simply because there is nothing with which to compare it." Calgary Albertan

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Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. While attending McGill University, he formed a country-and-western trio called The Buckskin Boys and published his first book of poetry. His career spans more than forty years, during which he has produced an impressive body of work: he has published nine books of poetry and two novels, and has made eleven records, including Various Positions, I'm Your Man, and, most recently, The Future.

The soundtrack for Robert Altman's film McCabe and Mrs. Miller comprised several of Leonard Cohen's songs, featuring "Sisters of Mercy." Cohen wrote, directed, and scored the 1984 video I Am a Hotel and wrote the lyrics for the Juno-Award-winning musical Night Magic.

In 1991, Leonard Cohen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has received three Juno Awards, and was one of six recipients of the 1993 Governor General';s Performing Arts Awards for lifetime achievement.

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lukas, December 19, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)
A lot of musicians have tried their hand at writing (Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Jewel), but Leonard Cohen was an established poet before he turned to songwriting. Better know for his poetry, he also wrote two novels, of which this, released in 1963, is the first. It combines to great post-war themes: the coming of age novel and the Jewish novel. If you know his music well, its tone and content will be familiar. His second novel, "Beautiful Losers," is dripping with sex.
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marblewonder, May 1, 2008 (view all comments by marblewonder)
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Actually this book was published before Beautiful Losers.
This book was published in 1963, whereas Beautiful Losers was published in 1966.
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jennifertrudeau, February 24, 2007 (view all comments by jennifertrudeau)
I don't know what this 'Globe & Mail' outfit is thinking, but Leonard Cohen's first novel was published over forty years ago, in 1966. Its title was "Beautiful Losers".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400033621
Author:
Cohen, Leonard
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Cohen, Daniel
Author:
Cohen, James
Author:
Cohen, Daniel James Ed. Sara Ed. James E
Author:
Cohen, Sara
Author:
Cohen
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Montreal
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;canadian;novel;canada;poetry;montreal;canadian literature;coming of age;love;20th century;literature;sexuality
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
74
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.88x5.50x.56 in. .42 lbs.

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "The Favourite Game is a morally brave book, intimate and unflinching....Leonard Cohen sustains the highest level of poetic craftsmanship throughout." Paul Quarrington
"Review" by , "He is a writer of terrific energy and colour, a Rabelaisian comic and a visualiser of some memorable scenes."
"Review" by , "It is the kind of book that becomes a law unto itself, simply because there is nothing with which to compare it."
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