am 5. Juli 1999
Stranger Music ist eines der effektivsten Gedichtbände, die man sich zulegen kann. Wer sich für die Lyrik Cohen's interessiert braucht sich nicht mühsam Band für Band zusammenzusuchen, sondern findet in diesem Buch die ganze Spanne von Cohen's Werk. Da fehlen auch nicht die Texte seiner Songs, mit denen Leonard Cohen ja noch bekannter geworden ist, als mit seinen Büchern. Zwar sind einige Gedichte und Lieder den Kürzungen zum Opfer gefallen, aber sofern man nicht so fanatisch ist, jedes einzelne Gedicht von Cohen besitzen zu wollen, kann man hiermit zu günstigem Preis einen prallen Gedichtband von über 300 Seiten erwerben, mit dem man sich lange beschäftigen kann. Da findet man melancholische Balladen in schönen Reimen ebenso wie schroffe Gedichte in Prosa-Stil, und natürlich wunderschöne, ehrliche, enthüllende Liebesgedichte, die auch dort wo man sonst Kitsch wittern würde, geradezu sensationell authentisch wirken. Man merkt den Gedichten ihre autobiographische Färbung an; und wer Cohen kennt, weiß daß keine Zeile in kühler Berechnung konzipiert wurde, sondern die Worte direkt aus der Seele sprechen. (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
am 22. August 1998
If anything else Lenny Cohen can teach us, then it's to be careful when looking at this world and at us. Poetry is magic, but Cohen is not a magician. He's a critical observer of our lives, and thank God, he looks at himself at the same time. Great stuff, Lenny, and we won't get it from someone else quickly. Cohen is a Must.
am 8. Dezember 1997
I had never heard of Leonard Cohen before reading this book. By the time I was finished reading, I swear my whole view of life had changed. Cohen is an amazingly clever man, who knows some amazing truths about life and love. His honesty was something refreashing, as well. I totally reccommend this book of poetry and lyrics to anyone and everyone. Hey, maybe you'll learn something.
am 1. September 1998
Wow. I love Leonard Cohen's writing's, music, books, everything. Reading one poem after another just keeps you going in life. I known him ever since I saw the movie Pump Up The Volume 8 years ago. He had those two great songs Everybody Knows and If It Be Your Will. His is my idol. This book is a winner!!!!!!!!!
am 19. März 1997
That's all I can say about this book -- WOW. I'm sure a poet as brilliant as Leonard Cohen could phrase it better, but that's the most concise review I can give.
You're very aware as you read this book that you're discovered something special. And its all here -- the poems, the prose and the lyrics. Reading each poem or lyric is exhausting because it takes you on an emotional journey that stays with you long after you leave. Do youself a favour and discover Canada's best writer -- Leonard Cohen.
am 7. November 1997
Leonard Cohen's early books of poetry are difficult to find even second-hand, and "Stranger Music" fills the gaps ranging from his first book of poetry "Let Us Compare Mythologies" (1956), all the way to his haunting CD "The Future." Readers will discover powerful poems as well as selected lyrics from all his albums. For those who enjoy Mr. Cohen's music, and have a love for literature, "Stranger Music" is a treasure. And with his early books of poetry difficult to find, "Stranger Music" gives you a taste of 37 years worth of material. An exceptional book!
am 7. Juli 1997
Leonard Cohen's Stranger Music is as strong as it is diverse. Bringing together a collection of the artist's prose , lyrics, and verse spaning four decades it shows one of the world's great artists at his best. His powerful work runs the emotional gamut from exultant tales of lust to melancholic ballads . Much has been written over the years about the beauty and significance of Cohen's work but perhaps the best tribute to it is that it has given enough strength to people such as myself to write ourselves