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Coming Through Slaughter Summary
Michael Ondaatje

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Coming Through Slaughter Summary

Plot 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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