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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.
Most tales of Harlem in the 1920's feature the well known figures of the Harlem Renaissance: poets, musicians, and writers. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Geoff
I'm not a Toni Morrison convert. I've read three of her books and still don't enjoy her writing style. I have friends who love her. She is an acquired taste as an author. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
I loved this book. Although it first came out many years ago and the story is set in the 1920s, it offers important insights into todays racial issues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Dixon
I'm ashamed to admit that this was my first Morrison, and disappointed to admit that I didn't love it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Audrey Schoeman
Morrison does it again..... you really have to pay attention to what you read because she switches perspectives of the characters and the narrator... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alicia
In reading all of Toni Morrison's books, I struggle to find words that can capture her essence. There is a beauty to her writing that is unmatched. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Careful Observer
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 6 months ago by Nicole Bond