The Flame by Leonard Cohen

The Flame

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERNamed a Fall Read by Esquire, The Washington Post, TIME and Vanity Fair"There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on." --BONOThe Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame o...

Details The Flame

TitleThe Flame
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherFarrar Straus and Giroux
GenrePoetry, Music, Nonfiction

Reviews The Flame

  • leslie hamod
    Leonard Cohen was a master of the word. Reading the Flame gives great insight into the man's heart and soul. It is a literary masterpiece of poems, lyrics, drawings and notebooks. As he is a complex man, this is not a one sitting book. Each poem leads us to another thought pattern. Along with each written piece there is included a self portrait, illustrating the feelings connected. I read pieces and collected quotations which touched me. He is a ...
  • Alex O'Brien
    As a big Leonard Cohen fan, I loved this collection of poems, lyrics, notes, and drawings. When you love an artist and their work this much, it can be hard to be objective-you end up treasuring every little glimpse into the author's life and work, especially after they have passed.The Flame is a generous collection filled with many poems, the lyrics to his last four albums, and extensive notes from his journals including many revealing passages f...
  • Nancy
    In the last days of his life, Leonard Cohen prepared his last book, gathering drawings, unpublished material, and the lyrics from his last albums. He was a man who knew he was in his last days and an artist who needed to send out one last envoy to the world. That book has been published as The Flame.The image on the cover is the burning bush, a green tree surrounded by fire and yet is not burned by the flames. Cohen's "flame burned bright within ...
  • Kent Winward
    Poems, lyrics, emails, drawings, and notebook entries from the incomparable Leonard Cohen. I read the book and was hit by the joint feeling of meeting with an old friend and a strong sense of loss -- or maybe it felt more like this:I caught the darkness, it was drinking from your cupI caught the darkness, drinking from your cupI said is this contagious?You said just drink it up.
  • Brandon Montgomery
    In June 2016, a new poem by Leonard Cohen was quietly published in The New Yorker. In fact, the poem was almost buried - I'd read the article and had the copy for about a month, I only found it because I was flipping through old(ish) magazines out of boredom. It was a gem, and a small joy to discover. It was titled Steer Your Way and it's reprinted here. "Steer your way through the ruins of the Altar and the Mall steer your way through the fab...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    This book of poems and sketches was the last thing Leonard Cohen was working on prior to his death in 2016. His prolific output continued throughout his life, and he was forever sketching and jotting ideas down. It is really uncertain whether or not he had a book in mind -- some of the poems are dated much earlier, but they carry his trademark rhythms and I enjoyed envisioning him reading them with his world weary but warm and distinctive style. ...
  • Max Nemtsov
    Его стихи и тексты чем дальше — тем более общи и абстрактны: такое ощущение, что он смывает с них все лишнее, образность, метафорику, лишние слова и смыслы. Остается лишь самое простое и основное. И наверняка главное.
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“So I’ve come here to revisitWhat happens to the heart”The Flame is Leonard Cohen’s final work, a collection of poems, musings from his personal notebook, self-potraits intimately drawn by his own hand and more. It’s a walk through Cohen’s mind and heart, writing until his final breath, because those who make magic out of their words rely on them to make sense of this human experience...
  • John
    First I want to thank Goodreads and Farrar, Straus & Giroux for the opportunity to read a galley version of the book. As such this review is based on the galley and may change once the final book is released. The book is broken into four sections and so is my review.The Poems.I have loved Mr. Cohen's voice for many years and in this his last collection it remains strong. Do not expect any ground breaking discovery, but instead a voice that is str...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Legendary musician and poet Leonard Cohen is celebrated for his raw and intimate words and The Flame is his final masterpiece, finished just days before his death in 2016; a collection of poems, drawings, and lyrics spanning decades that show him at his best and his worst."To the young let me say:I am not sage, rebbe, roshi, guruI am Bad Example.To experienced personswho have characterized my life workas cheap, superficial, pretentious, insignifi...
  • Bridgett Brown
    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.This book of poems and sketches was the last thing Leonard Cohen was working on prior to his death in 2016. This book is filled with self portraits in the form of poems, songs, drawings, and prose. If you’re a Leonard Cohen fan you will love this book.
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  • Kate
    This book is so lovely! Cohen is one of my favorites! His poetry is unlike any other. It is so captivating. This man was a true wordsmith.This book contains his final poems and previously unpublished works before he passed in 2016. Included are selections from his notebooks that he kept throughout his life, as well as illustrations, prose, and lyrics. If you havent read any of his work before he's a must!
  • Casey
    Biased? Maybe, but this collection is a beautiful compilation that shows Cohen’s many talents in a different light.
  • Eli
    (I received this book for free through this site's giveaway program)Very briefly, here are some pros and cons with this book.Pros:-Leonard Cohen! If you like him at all, you might as well pick this up. I dunno how much insight it gives into his life or anything like that - there are far more "poems" than "notebooks" - but, y'know, Leonard Cohen.-As a writer myself, it's very helpful to see another writer's process laid out in print. This is a tre...
  • Amber Machado
    This is not a book to read in one setting, i actually took a week of reading through the book because of his poems and writings really give you something to ponder on. Gread read and definitely great writing
  • Django Laić
    Leonard Cohen ‘The Flame’ – pjesme koje je prešutio‘The Flame’, kao svaka dobra zbirka poezije, nije nešto što ćete prolistati jednom i formirati mišljenje o pročitanom, već je knjiga koja iziskuje trajnu komunikaciju s brojnim vraćanjima i čitanjima iz različitih perspektiva kako bi se saržaj otkrio u svom totalitetu.Čest je slučaj kad neki umjetnik umre da iza njega ostane značajna količina djela koja za života autora ...
  • jeremy
    a posthumous collection of the canadian bard's poems, lyrics, self-portraits, and excerpted notebooks, the flame is a final parting gift from the late genius. cohen had been working on the book up until the time of his passing and it contains a selection of poetry that "he had carefully selected, chosen from a trove of unpublished work that spans decades." the lyrics cover cohen's final three albums (old ideas, popular problems, and you want it d...
  • Erik
    I was provided this advance copy for review.Can you ever hear someone's voice as you read? Cohen's gravelly bass reverberated throughout the text, enriching it. The slow cadence of the poems and the sketches of frowning faces are given additional life when considered through the lens of their creator's trudging rhythm and his own, often-displeased visage. That isn't to say this is an unhappy book. It isn't. But it's clear it was the work of a dyi...
  • Keith
    I think Leonard Cohen was my first Canadian hero, perhaps there were some sports stars but he was the first Canadian I discovered who lived in the world of art and of culture. I read his two novels, The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) soon after they came out, before he embraced music. I was slower to embrace the poetry but learned to love it as much as the music. Flame is both a joy and sorrow to read; a joy since it contains...
  • Poetreehugger
    It is not for me, of course, to rate Leonard Cohen's writing. Or for anyone, really.What a gift. When words can make a connection, so that another person's mind can express an experience you recognize when you read the words. Or feel when you hear the songs.P. 68 of 275:My guitar stood up todayand leaped into my arms to playa Spanish tune for dancers proudto stamp their feet and cry aloudagainst the fate that bends us downbeneath the thorny blood...
  • Rick Jackofsky
    First off, I’m not a fanboy, the only Leonard Cohen songs I knew, before reading this book, were "Bird on a Wire” and “Hallelujah” so Leonard is not getting any stars for being Leonard, in fact I may have (subconsciously?) penalized him because I feel like celebrity writers get an unfair advantage, a head start so to speak. I opened this book fully expecting it to be merely a collection of unfinished or unpublished doodling and scraps of ...
  • Ed Eleazer
    Much of this collection of items from Cohen's notebooks is not overly noteworthy, As a dedicated fan of his work from 1968 to present. I am slightly miffed that this collection of notes and "artwork" stand as Cohen's final (?) collection. Even though we are assured that he organized this whole thing before his death, it seems eerily similar to the most recent offerings from The Who —who are merely putting out videos of old 1970s performances me...
  • Dianne
    Leonard Cohen has been called the Poet of Brokenness and the Patron Saint of Angst but I see a rainbow wanting to shine out of the rainy darkness. You will find a glimpse of this in "The moon is full tonight if only we could see it and the garden filled with fragrance if only we could breathe it" dated May 27, 2006 and in the lines of "Grateful". Yes, there are plenty of lines lamenting war, loneliness and bleakness but Cohen is trying to make se...
  • Kevin
    I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. Leonard Cohen has one of the greatest poetic voices I have ever seen. While many know his Hallelujah, this collection shows us that he was far more interesting of a person than even that song could show. The subject matter of his poetry spans the entire spectrum from sacred to banal, showing that there is important meaning to be found in every moment of our lives. No subject is casually thrown...
  • Gayle Slagle
    The Flame: Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics; Drawings is the last work of Leonard Cohen. To say that Cohen was a complex man is an understatement and the works in this collection are a reflection of that complexity. The reader is pulled into the mind, the heart, and the soul of an artist who defies description. The self-portraits that accompany the poems provide further insight into a human often tortured and tormented by life, but one who is able to liv...
  • Natasha
    I won this book as a part of a Goodreads giveaway. Leonard Cohen has a way with words that speaks and soothes the soul. I found this book to be exactly what I needed to read at this part of my life. The poem, "What Happens to the Heart,' is one of my favorites. He certainly has a way with words. I will be passing this book onto my daughter for her to read. I highly recommend this book and am so glad that I was able to read it.
  • James
    This book gathers together previously unpublished notes, speeches, sketches (mostly self-portraits) and potential lyrics of the late Leonard Cohen. Obviously many of these pieces are incomplete, ideas rather than works. Several of Cohen's classic themes appear, especially romance as a kind of war. Must read for Cohen fans, maybe not the place to start for newcomers. [I received an advanced e-galley of this through Netgalley. The book is due to be...