Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

Book - 1991
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One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.

By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously witty, Beautiful Losers explores each character's attainment of a state of self-abandonment, in which the sensualist cannot be distinguished from the saint.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [1991], c1966
ISBN: 9780771098758
Characteristics: 269 p. --


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Jun 14, 2017

You cannot separate a person from his work, and until this book, I was familiar with Leonard Cohen's songs, and of course, his very distinct voice. While reading this book, I could hear that voice telling the story. It feels like stream-of-consciousness writing, almost effortless. Still, there is a context and a plot, going back to the 17th Century and filled with historical facts.

The beautiful incantation "God is alive. Magic is afoot." made famous by Buffy Sainte-Marie is in this book.

I came to this book sideways, while reading the biography of Alanis Obomsawin. It mentioned that she and Cohen were friends in the 1960s in Montreal. I love tangential thinking and where it might lead.

Aug 25, 2016

I couldn't finish this book. I wanted to put it down after 40 pages but kept reading hoping it would get better but finally gave up on it 80 pages in.

Aug 12, 2012

One of my favorite books! Highly recommended.

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