Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers

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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, 2003, c1966
ISBN: 9780771022005
077102200X
Branch Call Number: FIC Cohen
Characteristics: 255 p

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Mooseum
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.

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originaloflaura
Aug 12, 2012

One of my favorite books! Highly recommended.

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