Quicksand

Quicksand

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by Nella Larsen
     
 

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Nella Larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While she was not prolific her work was powerful and critically acclaimed.

Quicksand, was autobiographical in nature and examined a woman's need for sexual fulfilment balanced against respectability and acceptance amid a deeply religious society.

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Nella Larsen was an important writer associated with the Harlem Renaissance. While she was not prolific her work was powerful and critically acclaimed.

Quicksand, was autobiographical in nature and examined a woman's need for sexual fulfilment balanced against respectability and acceptance amid a deeply religious society.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781457646027
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
07/22/2016
Series:
Bedford College Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
160

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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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One of the shining stars of the Harlem Renaissance, Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen (April 13, 1891–March 30, 1964) left behind only two novels and a handful of short stories — but Larsen's remarkable voice and vision has ensured her place in literary history.

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Quicksand 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic read. It addresses the issues of struggles of a mixed race woman in a society where she doesn't fit in with either black or white society, and is a novel that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good book.
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BerylSBissell More than 1 year ago
Helga Crane is a young woman of mixed race tormented by her desire for a better, more fulfilling life. She is intelligent, beautiful, rebellious and has little use for what she sees in others as pretense and affectation. In a desperate search for happiness, she plunges into experiences that appear to fulfill her dreams but inevitably let her down. She discovers that does not like where she is, is as lonely as ever, and is as far from happiness as she’s ever been.  Impulsive, superior, judgmental, and perpetually dissatisfied, she avoids looking too deeply into her yearning and misses the insight that would have enlightened her – that happiness comes from within, not from without.  The story reaches its climax when Nella, having been unwittingly seduced during  a wild and passionate prayer meeting into which she’s stumbled during a terrific storm, follows that passion into a decision that condemns her to a life of dirt, misery, poverty, religion, and ignorance – everything she sought to avoid and now lacks the power to resist.
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