Coming Through Slaughter


Ondaatje’s classic, acclaimed novel of the Jazz Age, now beautifully repackaged along with his backlist

ISBN: 9780747572626 Author: Ondaatje, Michael Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Publication Date: 2nd August 2004 Imprint: Bloomsbury Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:22) Pages: 160 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Based on the life of cornet player Buddy Bolden, one of the legendary jazz pioneers of turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans, Coming Through Slaughter is an extraordinary recreation of a remarkable musical life and a tragic conclusion. Through a collage of memoirs, interviews, imaginary conversations and monologues, Ondaatje builds a picture of a man who would work by day at a barber shop and by night unleash his talent to wild audiences who had never experienced such playing. But Buddy was also playing the field with two women, and inside his head was a ticking time-bomb which he was unable to stop.

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