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Jazz - Toni Morrison
Jazz
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In the afterglow of a clean triumph--her widely celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, "Beloved" --Toni Morrison moves to even higher ground. "Jazz, " is spellbinding for the haunting passion of its profound love story, and for the bittersweet lyricism and refined sensuality of its... show more
In the afterglow of a clean triumph--her widely celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, "Beloved" --Toni Morrison moves to even higher ground. "Jazz, " is spellbinding for the haunting passion of its profound love story, and for the bittersweet lyricism and refined sensuality of its powerful and elegant style. It is winter, barely three days into 1926, seven years after Armistice; we are in the scintillating City, around Lenox Avenue, "when all the wars are over and there will never be another one...At last, at last, everything's ahead...Here comes the new. Look out. There goes the sad stuff. The bad stuff. The things-nobody-could-help stuff." But amid the euphoric decisiveness, a tragedy ensues among people who had train-danced into the City, from points south and west, in search of promise.Joe Trace--in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband--shoots to death his lover of three months, impetuous, 18-year-old Dorcas ("Everything was like a picture show to her"). At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, herself a hairdresser--who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, and who talks mostly to birds--tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. In a dazzling act of jazz-like improvisation, moving seamlessly in and out of past, present, and future, a mysterious voice--whose identity is a matter of each reader's imagination--weaves this brilliant fiction, at the same time showing how its "blues" are informed by the brutal exigencies of slavery. Richly combining history, legend, reminiscence, this voice captures as never before the ineffable mood, the complex humanity, of black urban life at a moment inour century we assumed we understood. "Jazz" is an unprecedented and astonishing invention, a landmark on the American literary landscape--a novel unforgettable and for all time.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452269651 (0452269652)
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 229
Edition language: English
Series: Toni Morrison Trilogy (#2)
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Donostia Book Club
Donostia Book Club rated it
5.0 Novel Written like Music: Toni Morrison's Jazz
I'm sure most of the booklovers have heard at some point of their literary journey about Toni Morrison. And if you haven't read anything by her yet, it's time to catch up. The first African-American to win the Nobel Prize in literature, an important figure in literary debates concerning how and...
The Lexical Funk!
The Lexical Funk! rated it
4.0 Jazz (Toni Morrison)
I could’ve started this review with Joe Trace. Joe Trace is searching for the narrator of this tale in the same way that he was searching for his mother “Wild” in this book. Sometimes, I felt like I needed a tracker to help me track down my own ideas about this book. At times, the book was so easy...
target acquired
target acquired rated it
4.0
got lost in all the lovely words, loved getting lost. minor note but major emotions. narrative glides down perfect prose pathways and through poetic passages to different destinations, into one mind and out of another, into many minds, past future past future, man. who knows where the next road goes...
The Hiding Spot
The Hiding Spot rated it
5.0 Jazz (Vintage International)
I am completely in love with Jazz. I think it has somehow immediately became my new favorite novel... ever. Head- or rather, heart- has exploded.
so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it
4.0 Jazz
A short novel about an ill-fated love triangle in jazz-age Harlem that ends in a shooting. Morrison poetically reveals the characters' pasts and hidden griefs, their rural a/o small town origins and backstories that led them to the city.
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