Quicksand

Quicksand

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by Nella Larsen
     
 

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Brave, bold, and brilliant, this ground-breaking first novel is the work of one of the Harlem Renaissance's most influential and enduring writers. Larsen's autobiographical portrait of a biracial woman's quest for self-identity and acceptance offers a cautionary tale of an individual lost between two cultures.

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Brave, bold, and brilliant, this ground-breaking first novel is the work of one of the Harlem Renaissance's most influential and enduring writers. Larsen's autobiographical portrait of a biracial woman's quest for self-identity and acceptance offers a cautionary tale of an individual lost between two cultures.

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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:
9781627931311
Publisher:
Start Publishing LLC
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
153
Sales rank:
1,094,881
File size:
271 KB

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet 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 the 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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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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