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Jazz In the winter of 1926 when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead Joe Trace middle aged door to door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products shoots his teenage lover to death At the funeral Joe’s wife Violet attacks the girl’s corpse This passionate profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time as a narrative is assembled from the emotions hopes fears and deep realities of black urban life


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  1. says:

    155 Jazz Toni MorrisonJazz is a 1992 historical novel by Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning American author Toni Morrison The majority of the narrative takes place in Harlem during the 1920s; however as the pasts of the various characters are explored the narrative extends back to the mid 19th century American South The novel forms the second part of Morrison's Dantesue trilogy on African American history beginning with Beloved 1987 an


  2. says:

    2 stars I'm crazy about this City Daylight slants like a razor cutting the buildings in half In the top half I see looking faces and it's not easy to tell which are people which the work of stonemasons Below is a shadow where any blasé thing takes place clarinets and lovemaking fists and the voices of sorrowful women A city like this one makes me dream tall and feel in on thingsOh how I adore the lyricism of Toni Morrison I have had


  3. says:

    got lost in all the lovely words loved getting lost minor note but major emotions narrative glides down perfect prose pathways and through poetic passages to different destinations into one mind and out of another into many minds past future past future man who knows where the next road goes probably somewhere bad tragedy and bloodshed and murder and all kinds of fucked up and twisted emotions but it all reads so pretty can I understan


  4. says:

    I heard Toni Morrison read from this book in a bookstore in Brooklyn when it came out It was a magical experience However this is not my absolute favorite Toni Morrison book it is still a wonderful story full of music and lifeFino's Toni Morrison ReviewsThe Bluest EyeSulaSong Of SolomonTar BabyBelovedJazzParadise


  5. says:

    “I’m crazy about this City Daylight slants like a razor cutting the buildings in half In the top half I see looking faces and it’s not easy to tell which are people which the work of stonemasons Below is shadow were any blasé thing takes place clarinets and lovemaking fists and the voices of sorrowful women A city like this one makes me dream tall and feel in on things Hep It’s the bright steel rocking above the shade below that


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    Sth I know that woman She used to live with a flock of birds on Lenox Avenue Know her husband too He fell for an eighteen year old girl with one of those deepdown spooky loves that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going When the woman her name is Violet went to the funeral to see the funeral and cut her dead face they threw her to the floor and out of the church She ran then through all that snow and when sh


  7. says:

    A Scandalous TrioJazz music is rarely the immediate subject matter of this exceptional novel However jazz influences much of the novel's structure and atmosphere The narrator describes a party in terms of “Red dresses Yellow shoes And of course race music to urge them on” The three main protagonists – Dorcas an 18 year old girl Joe a handsome 50 year old cosmetics salesman and Violet Joe's pretty 50 year old wife – form an ensemble


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    The music happens in the background while the folks are front and centre every blemish inside and out on view though modestly shaded and wrapped in gentlest understanding Part of that understanding is history not excavated but unfurled or traced carefully with one finger because it is still alive and hurting Kinship structures the story which curls around time helical branching it is a sinewy vine hacked at in places yet blossoming out cove


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    Toni Morrison has been one of my favourite authors since I read one of her books Beloved for the first time I simply cannot find any flaw in any of her books her writing style is so rich and the understanding and portrayal of human nature she depicts in her books is beyond simple fiction The stories of the characters of this book described in a borderline stream of consciousness writing style; the way she sublimes the lowest most violent an


  10. says:

    jazz the 3rd morrison in my plan to knock ‘em all out over the next month or sosignificantly weaker than the other two i’ve read but still it’s almost a shame that morrison writes about such incendiary and zeitgeisty stuff as you pull back much of the mostly nonsensical cultural criticism that surrounds her her work and her readers and she’s just a first class storyteller just a great great writer amongst all the tragedy and despair


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