"Maybe she thought she could solve the mystery of love that way. Good luck and let me know."
"...you have to be clever to figure out how to be welcoming and defensive at the same time. When to love something and when to quit. If you don't know how, you can end up out of control or controlled by some outside thing..."
"You are th...more
I seem to be reading her major books in reverse. "Jazz" has been called the second part of a trilogy with "Beloved" and "Paradise" focusing on parental love, erotic love, and religious love. I've read "Paradise" but...more
Ero gi�� rassegnata all'idea di prenderlo in prestito in biblioteca, quando la settimana scorsa ho voluto provare ancora una volta a controllarne la disponibilit��, ancora su Amazon.
Ce n'era una sola copia, usata, ed io l'ho presa al volo.
Oggi mi �� arrivato un pacchetto dalla Ant...more
I was lucky enough to study this book during 6th form college with a good teacher. Instead of butchering its beauty she illuminated it; leading us through the more complex prose (their beauty all more appreciated due to a deeper level of understanding) and highlighting some of the more obscure elements that might have gone unnoticed (or perhaps not understood).
At 16, though not niave, I was perhaps unaware of the many elements and angles of understanding rela...more
Weaver: Her stories are intricate, complex, and beautiful, in a way that reminds me of high quality rugs. At a pace that feels both comfortable and natural, but is in reality only known to her, she introduces disparate narrative threads that she then weaves and intertwines with one another in the most unexpected ways, creating dozens of patterns of varying size and shape that...more
I felt rather disconnected from the story itself, never...more
Jazz embraces the vibrant music and lifestyle of 1920s Harlem, an urban renaissance of opportunity and glamour. A novel of murder, hard lives, and broken dreams, Jazz sways with a lyric medley of voices and human consciousness.
Joe Trace and his wife Violet were part of the migration of black southerners to Harlem; 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, th...more
"Sth, I know that woman. She used to live with a flock of birds on Lenox Aveune. 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."
There is a school of literary criticism that holds to the belief that black women writers are doubly discriminated against in their quest for intellectual recogniti...more
The writing is dry.....more
As always, I have many positive things to say about the writing. Morrison has an amazing way of expressing romance and whimsy even in the most uncomfortable situations. There was some amazing writing in this story. Some lines were so deep I stared at them for a while before moving on. The characters' memories hold a lot depth and make you hungry for the rest of the story. Therein lies the problem.
I found the story to be so caugh...more
Overview: Joe Trace is a middle aged married man (Violet, wife) who has an affair with an 18 year old Dorkas and shoots her over anguish of her breaking up with him.
Characters: The first half of the book looked at Violet and touched on the affair and general growing up aspects in what I would call a simple to read type writing. However, the second half of the book was almost written by a different author. I actually had to read 10% of the book again because I had difficulty understandin...more
"'The way I want it?'
"'Yeah. The way you want it. Don't you want it to be something more than what it is?'
"'What's the point? I can't change it.'
"'That's the point. If you don't, it will change you and it'll be your fault cause you let it. I let it. And messed up my life.'
"'Messed it up how?'
"'Forgot it was mine. My life...more
But I can’t say that aloud; I can’t tell anyone that I have been waiting for this all my life and that being chosen to wait is the reason I can. If I were able I’d say it. Say make me, remake me. You are free to do it and I am free to let you because look, look. Look where your hands are. Now.
This is my favorite quote from Jazz. Morrison is one of my favorite authors, but the thing I like most about Jazz is its interesting way of handling voices, language, characters an...more
An affair, murder, violence, loss and love are all themes Toni Morrison blends with the skill of a musician in Jazz. Published in 1992, the novel took place in the 1920s, in the prime era of jazz. Joe Trace, a door-to-door cosmetics salesman has an affair with Dorcas, a young girl who thrives on attention and affection. In a fit of jealousy, Joe kills Dorcas, who will not speak or see him anymore. At the young girl's funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, is overtaken by another being she terms that girl...more
I will never forget the beauty of this book that starts with the statement that the heroine was an ugly young girl. She was young and ugly; and started to sleep with this old and disgusting married man that finally got obsessed with her and ended up wounding her on the shoulder with a small firearm. She didn't want anything to do with him and she decided that it was better to die than to give up; so she let herself bleed...more
Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed African American characters; among the best k...more