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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (June 11, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837111277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852927816
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,004,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fine, thoughtful and courageous. It is, on the whole, the best piece of fiction that Negro America has produced since the heyday of [Charles] Chesnutt." W. E. B. Du Bois
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About the Author

Nella Larsen (1891-1964) was the author of two novels and several short stories. She received a Guggenheim fellowship to write a third novel in 1930 but, unable to find a publisher for it, she disappeared from the literary scene and worked as a nurse.

Thadious M. Davis is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsen’s Quicksand for Penguin Classics.


Thadious M. Davis is G. C. Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, the author of an acclaimed biography of Nella Larsen, and the editor of Larsen’s Quicksand for Penguin Classics.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Vera on February 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Quicksand is an epic story of a tragic heroine written with taste and a great deal of wit. I can't help but wonder how the works of Nella Larsen are so criminally ignored by those interested in the study of African-American literature and the Harlem Renaissance (most texts make a brief footnote, failing to acknowledge the incredible value of this novel and its companion, the erotic and controversial Passing).
The novel follows the ups and downs of Helga Crane, a young woman doomed by her own intelligence and beauty. She is intellectually above those who are supposedly paving the way to success and equality for the black race. She sees a great deal of false pretense and [economic] selfishness in many of the people that she encounters throughout her journey, which is no more than a quest for independence and the possibility of happiness.
Her racial background (mixed, "brought up" by a hateful white stepfather and an ailing mother) defines the way in which she sees the world. She learns to manipulate colour and sex to her own advantage, only to discover in the end that she failed at understanding her real mission in this world. Her rebellious, never content character leads her to a nervous breakdown and the making of a terrible decision that defines her fate. At this point, in the midst of everything that she disliked in life (dirt, pregnancy, ignorance, rural life, religion) she realises that all of her existence she had been walking upon quicksand (her own soul being made of it), and that all she can do now is finally stop fighting; letting herself drown; escaping the struggle.
Larsen's way of ending her novels has been often criticised as rather abrupt and unexpected (Passing ending with the sudden death of its protagonist).
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
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Nella Larsen does an exemplary job of devling into the human psyche with Passing. Unlike the color-struck works of Dorothy West this Harlem Renaissance author brings all of the pain of duality of multi-cultural people to the reader. Helga Crane lives between the two worlds of white and black and expresses the same anguish that many middle class blacks feel today. She is not the "tragic mulatto" as many critic paint her. This book should be read by anyone with an interest in the politics of race.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Giovanni Turner on May 23, 2008
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Nella Larsen's "Quicksand" is a sleeper masterpiece. She artfully weaves a tale of coming of age & unrequited love. The characters are real, and the conclusion is open to several different interpretations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PuroShaggy on August 22, 2010
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"Quicksand" masterfully addresses the racial issues faced by a post-Civil War, post-Reconstructionist America (the complexities and the hypocrisies) while telling the story of a young, intelligent, attractive woman growing up in a society where not only is her ethnicity an issue, but her gender is as well.
Helga is a teacher at a "progressive" school in the South, an institution that aims to educate and enlighten poor, uneducated blacks in an attempt to right the wrongs of slavery. In doing so, however, the school attempts to stifle the natural instincts and characteristics of the african-american students and the end result is an essential white-washing of their vitality. Repulsed by this, Helga quits her job and moves north, only to discover that as a single black female, she either does not have enough work experience or is too educated to land a job. She eventually falls in with a progressive crowd who believe that blacks should have nothing to do with whites at all, a viewpoint she also finds ridiculous. The mixed child of a white mother and african father, Helga moves to Denmark to be with her mom's sister, only to discover that while she is treated as a princess being the lone minority in an all white Copenhagen, being alone, apart from her people no matter how well she is treated, does not make her happy.
As Helga lives throughout the book, she is continually struggling with her own views on race, fighting her immediate surroundings but always being pulled further down, as if caught in quicksand.
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Basically she is trapped in herself - It was written in 1928, so it was quite shocking at the time I imagine. Historically worth the read -
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By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2013
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very insightful, like the author's style of writing and surprise twists and turns. Plan to read more of Nella Larsen
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By Really Rotten on March 17, 2013
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You'll encounter love and hate with this book. Helga Crane keeps you glued to this book. A must read for Larsen fans!
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By J. Titak on February 6, 2013
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This book was a surprise. I din't know what I was getting myself into but I loved it. The title is quite apt.
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