Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje audiobook

Coming Through Slaughter

By Michael Ondaatje
Read by Dion Graham

Brilliance Audio 9780714526713
3.63 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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.

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Editorial Reviews

As the colorful details of the cornet player's life unfold, [Dion Graham] cranks up the story's intense moments to great effect, while dialing the mood down with hushed tones and slower pacing when necessary…. Graham's sensitivity is particularly effective in expressing the tragedy of Bolden's mental health issues and the isolation that black culture endured in post-civil-war New Orleans. AudioFile Magazine
“As the colorful details of the cornet player’s life unfold, Graham cranks up the story’s intense moments to great effect, while dialing the mood down with hushed tones and slower pacing when necessary…Graham’s sensitivity is particularly effective in expressing the tragedy of Bolden’s mental health issues and the isolation that black culture endured in post-civil-war New Orleans. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award,” AudioFile
“A beautifully detailed story, perhaps the finest jazz novel ever written.” Sunday Times (London)

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Author Bio: Michael Ondaatje

Author Bio: Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and eleven books of poetry. The English Patient won the Booker Prize and Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 3.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English