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Favourite Game, the (1963) [Novel]
by Leonard Cohen Rating: Weighted - 5.8 / Average - 5.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour – a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father; the adult games of love and war, with their infinite capacity for fantasy and cruelty; his secret experiments with hypnotism; the night-long adventures with Krantz, his beloved comrade and confidant. Later, achieving literary fame as a college student, Breavman does penance through manual labour, but ultimately flees to New York. And although he has loved the bodies of many women, it is only when he meets Shell, whom he awakens to her own beauty, that he discovers the totality of love and its demands, and comes to terms with the sacrifices he must make.

Original title: The Favourite Game
Alternative titles: The Favorite Game
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)


  • The novel has also been published in U.S. spelling as The Favorite Game.

Edition #1: Favourite Game, the

Favourite Game, the (1963)
Awards: Quebec Literary Prize (1964)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Is there any Canadian novel as compelling and as good at capturing youthful anxieties as J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye? Absolutely…Leonard Cohen’s first novel, The Favourite Game…One of the 10 best Canadian novels of the 20th century..." Globe and Mail (January 2000)
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The Favorite Game (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 9781400033621
Pages: 244

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The Favourite Game (0)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto, ON
Publisher: New Canadian Library
Pages: 222

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