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Coming Through Slaughter
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date December 1, 1990
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140072815
ISBN-10 0140072810
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $10.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The life of the pioneering New Orleans jazz musician, Buddy Bolden, is portrayed in a combination of fiction, fact, and poetry
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780747599555
 
from Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (October 5, 2009)
9780747599555 | details & prices | 208 pages | List price $33.65
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140072815 Book cover for 9780679767855
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (March 1, 1996)
9780679767855 | details & prices | 156 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Set against the colorful backdrop of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, the life and times of pioneering jazz musician Buddy Bolden is portrayed in a combination of fiction, fact, and poetry.
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (December 1, 1990)
9780140072815 | details & prices | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $10.95
About: The life of the pioneering New Orleans jazz musician, Buddy Bolden, is portrayed in a combination of fiction, fact, and poetry

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