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Narrated by the author, Toni Morrison, this is an intense but gratifying three hours of tape. Background jazz music enhances the feel of '20s Harlem, a city that attracted thousands of black southerners hoping for better lives. Joe Trace and his wife Violet were part of this migration; madly in love with each other and the idea of this urban mecca, they "traindanced into the city." But like so many of the marriages in Morrison's novels, this union crumbles, and the dreams for a better life fade away. Joe finds another, a love "that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going."
In Jazz, time ebbs and flows like human memory, traversing between recollections of the past and expectations for the future; likewise, jazz music is often wild and chaotic. Here Morrison once again exemplifies herself as both a superb writer and a masterful storyteller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Toni Morrison's novel "Jazz" features one of the most initially inscrutable narrators in recent history. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003
This book deals with the story of a couple in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance. The book has many underlying themes and symbols throughout. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2002 by Alex Thanos
I forced myself to finish Jazz based on the author's critical acclaim, but what a waste of time. Other than the few snippets of imagery that I still remember, the storyline was... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002
I've never been a fan of Toni Morrison's. Even though she is both a critical darling AND heralded as a literary Messiah by the proletariat, I've never been able to get into her. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by "stenerin1"
Please don't read this book, it's awful. It has no flow and takes you in every direction but the one that might make sense. Read morePublished on July 20 2002 by Cher
Toni Morrison's Jazz is like the very little girl with a very little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. Read morePublished on June 16 2002 by Rob Shimmin
Having read a number of Morrison's novels, I expected this to be much better than it was. While the language was sophisticated and the symbolism/imagery provocative, it failed to... Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by "paulawalt"
Reading Jazz is akin to dancing to jazz; with all its rhythmic syntax, onomatopoeia and musical tropes, it surely did take my breath away. Read morePublished on March 7 2002 by rosa oncog