Coming Through Slaughter

Coming Through Slaughter

Book - 1976
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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 .
Publisher: Random House,� 1976
ISBN: 9780679767855
Branch Call Number: AF ONDA


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EW Feb 27, 2014

A great read.

Oct 25, 2011

I just re-read this early novel from Ondaatje, and was reminded how well written and compelling it is -- his poet's sensibility, especially the use of image, is in full display here. But it's also a great story.

Sep 09, 2009

Buddy Bolden was a jazz cornettist before Louis Armstrong. He never recorded.

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