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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.
The way Morrison writes is kind of in itself like Jazz. it goes up and down from different characters, delving into different stories which at the same time are clearly connected... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Anna
While this is in a trilogy with Beloved, it's thematically related and not connected by plot. Due to my enjoyment of Beloved, I decided to check out this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret Carmel
Most tales of Harlem in the 1920's feature the well known figures of the Harlem Renaissance: poets, musicians, and writers. Read morePublished 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Audrey Schoeman