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Book of Longing has exceptional range. It is clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound.” (New York Times)

Leonard Cohen wrote the poems in Book of Longing - his first book of poetry in more than 20 years after 1984's Book of Mercy - during his five-year stay at a Zen monastery on Southern California's Mount Baldy, and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. This dazzling collection of poetry is timeless, meditative, and often darkly humorous.

An international sensation, Book of Longing contains all the elements that have brought Cohen's artistry with language worldwide recognition.

©2006 Leonard Cohen (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Cohen reading his own poetry is exquisite

This audio book of poems by the late Leonard Cohen is the last book he wrote before he died. Most people know Cohen through his song "Hallelujah." That is only the tip of this iceberg. Cohen's life journey was complex. To listen to his poetry read by him is to sip fine wine. This is a masterful work..... I wish his other book Book of Mercy was also read by him.

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Not to be listened to lightly...or very

You will love this collection. Read by the poets own voice, you can feel the nuance of each beautiful work.
This book is not to be missed.
You do not have to be a lover of poetry, or anything, to love this book.
It could be your first love- Hahahaha

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The Enigma of Longing

For anyone who has fallen into fascination with Leonard Cohen, as I have, this audible book is a must, and should be, at least occasionally, listened to while perusing a physical copy of The Book of Longing which is filled with Cohen’s drawings, including self-portraits that resemble a knurled old tree stump. Don’t expect to understand it. That’s not the point. Expect to be mystified, intrigued, provoked...

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A good mix of enlightenment and irony

He never let's anyone off the hook, least of all himself, we will miss him all the more