Coming Through Slaughter Summary
Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje examines the life of Charles ("Buddy") Bolden, pioneer jazz performer, barber, journalist, family man, and "infamous man about town," who goes insane and dies institutionalized.
Charles ("Buddy") Bolden, pioneer jazz performer, barber, journalist, family man, and "infamous man about town," suddenly disappears from New Orleans after slashing and fighting with a customer he is barbering in Joseph's Shaving Parlor. Buddy has learned that Tom Pickett is having an affair with his common-law wife, Nora Bass. After he has been missing 5-6 months, Nora contacts Detective Webb, Buddy's friend since adolescence, who worries about Buddy surviving on his own. Through interviews Webb learns that Buddy is in Shell Beach, living with Jaelin and Robin Brewitt and making love with Robin.
Webb visits photographer E. J. Bellocq and obtains a photograph of Buddy. He learns that Buddy convinces whores to pose for Bellocq. Bellocq...
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Michael Ondaatje Biographies (2)
1,792 words, approx. 6 pages
Once a highly regarded denizen of a burgeoning Canadian literary scene in the early 1970s, Michael Ondaatje (born 1943) has since gone on to achieve international renown for his poetry and fiction. Hi...
5,379 words, approx. 18 pages
Winner of two Governor General's awards for poetry, Michael Ondaatje is one of the most brilliant and acclaimed of that impressive group of Canadian poets who first published in the 1960s, a group tha...
Essays & Analysis (4)
5,945 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, Jones traces the diverse ways the conventions of detective fiction and biography converge in Coming through Slaughter, demonstrating the appropriation of both genres by Ondaatj...
346 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Anatole Broyard
Based on the life of Buddy Bolden, one of the originators of New Orleans jazz, ["Coming Through Slaughter"] jumbles actual history, interviews with old ...
598 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Jon Kertzer
To his acknowledgments at the end of Coming Through Slaughter, Michael Ondaatje adds this final note: "While I have used real names and characters and historical s...
660 words, approx. 3 pages
Critical Essay by Roy Macskimming
The protagonist of Coming Through Slaughter is Buddy Bolden, known chiefly to jazz aficionados as a pioneering musician in turn-of-the-century New Orleans. Bolden is ...
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