A last chap­ter from a Cana­dian le­gend

Toronto Life - - Culture -

The Flame by Leonard Co­hen Mc­clel­land and Ste­wart Oct. 2

Though he’s best known as a singer, the late Leonard Co­hen didn’t re­lease his first al­bum un­til he was 33. Long be­fore he be­came the icon be­hind Hal­lelu­jah, he was a poet and novelist. it seems fit­ting that his fi­nal word comes in The Flame, a col­lec­tion of un­pub­lished po­ems, prose, lyrics, il­lus­tra­tions and note­book ex­cerpts that Co­hen put in order dur­ing the fi­nal months of his life. The book of­fers a last look into the mind of one of the coun­try’s most bril­liant artists and reaf­firms the pow­er­ful legacy he left be­hind.

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