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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.
I lost myself several times in the unmatchable prose and style of Ms. Morrison.
In this book, jazz is represented both as a symbol of freedom and as a source of base impulses that can lead people astray.
For a person that enjoys a fast-paced plot, this may not be a favorite, but its style is a redeeming factor.
An entertaining read. The book chronicles the lives of Joe Trace, his wife Violet, and the possibility of salvaging their marriage, in the aftermath of the murder of his mistress. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Nicole Bond
here it is.
Read it out loud!
author of "L is for Lion: an italian... Read more
I loved this novel. It was beyond insightful. Good writing today is hard to come by, and this novel is just touching. I stopped to cry. Seriously I was breaking down in tears. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Iiiiiinny
Jazz tells a complex story of a couples relationship. History, the couple's previous experiences, unmet personal needs and the present all combine to create a complex and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bonita R. Siegal PhD
the pages are dark like its been sitting in someones basement stashed away in a box, hated the way it smelled and the markings in the bookPublished 10 months ago by sequoya
Joe and Violet have that comfortable kind of love. Joe was gentle. Violet could have been labeled eccentric. They owned a bird that said, "I love you. Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Prissy Snob