Jazz

Jazz

by Toni Morrison
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazz is classic Morrison - Morrison at her finest!!! The circulinear plot structure reinforces the underlying notion that we are all connected or tied together on some level - either past, present, or future. The themes of love, obsession, and what happens when love shifts to hate are especially strong in this novel and begs us to question how thin is the line between love and hate? The improvisation of the mini vignettes and 'memories' that decorate the novel perfectly compliment the notion of 'jazz' or the jazz music structure. The lines are elaborately crafted and the narrative style is truly poetic. Subtle changes like Violet Trace's name transformation to 'Violent' at the end of the novel highlight the transformation that we all endure for love. Toni Morrison is at her best here and although her style is not for everyone - this is Nobel Prize writing for Nobel Prize readers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story. Best parts when she follows the history of Joe Trace's family and weaves the tale to match that of Violet's with True Belle, Golden Gray, Lestory, Hunter and Wild. It shows Toni is a master at weaving history and generations together even as they struggle to keep from falling apart.
AMD22 More than 1 year ago
I suppose Jazz was an intriguing book. It wasn't as fascinating as I had hoped it to be. When I was reading it and a friend was very impressed by this book, I thought that maybe I would be too. However, that wasn't the case. If you are doing an English Paper about Symbolism and abstract characters, Jazz is the right book for you. But, if you're just trying to find a book to read at home, on a rainy day or going home from school/work, this book totally isnt for you. I respect Toni Morrison as an Author and fellow writer, and I have to admit this book is better than the other 3 books I attempted to read from her, but I would not read it again for fun. The Characters in this novel are fantastic on the other hand. I loved Violet. Her attitude and how she portrays herself was fascinating. I suppose she's the typical [sterotype] New York City Woman being jealous of her husband who has cheated on her. There are also lots of other characters that without them the book wouldn't be complete. How Toni Morrison wove her characters into her story was fascinating and she's an intelligent writer who should be recognized about her feminist and racial ideas. If you are interested in a book where the narrator speaks in riddles and metaphors most of the time, Jazz is for you. I recommend this book to people who are doing an Author Study or a paper about symbolism. Or, one should try to read it, to give it a try. It's not that atrocious. Try it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written beautifully. Poetic and lyrical. Toni is a fantastic writer and i'm offcially and fan of hers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is the first Morrison novel I have read, but it will NOT be the last! I got this book for Christmas and just got around to reading it. I cannot believe it took me this long to get to it, and it was the BEST novel I have ever read. I would suggest this novel to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni writes in great detail the love that Dorcas and Joe shared, but she skips through the book with every other paragraph. It is a great tradegy when Joe finds his love affair with another man and his wife gets a little crazy at the funeral but, I wouldn't read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For many African-Americans, the period from 1860 through 1930 was a particularly challenging one. The formal slavery of the South transitioned into a vulnerable rural economic existence, dependent on the weather and the price of crops. The promise of the city lured many to leave their homes, and adopt city life-styles that put new social pressures on them and their relationships. Jazz tells this story through the microcosm of one marriage, that of Joe and Violet Trace. Unlike many books about marriage, this one is a love story. Although it bears no relationship to any romance novel you have ever read, it reveals the way that the need for love develops from within each of us and allows us to grasp its potential when we respond to the yearnings of those we care about. Music was important in the lives of many people during those years. Churches and music halls vied for the attention of most people in the cities. Jazz was a new influence, bursting on the scene with a combination of extreme freedom and mutual respect for the other players. In this book, jazz is represented both as a symbol of freedom and as a source of base impulses that can lead people astray. Ms. Morrison also pays homage to jazz by building her narrative around the individual stories of those involved taken in solitary order, much like the solos in a jazz piece. The narratives all weave together, but you have to hear the whole piece to understand how. Be patient with what seem like digressions. They are really transitions into new perspectives, like when a horn does a riff before returning to the theme. You also get the metaphor of jazz used in the relationship of the two Traces. They were originally in rhythm with each other, then fell out of rhythm, and then regained their ability to improvise together. It's very nicely done! To me, the best part of the book was that Ms. Morrison does not permit her characters to fall back on misfortune, fate, and heredity as excuses for misbehavior. Clearly, those factors affect us, but we all have the potential to rise above them. We need only open our eyes and start responding to those closest to us. Then, we can build a better life together. The family background of the two Traces is a rich tapestry as well of the social history of African-Americans during this period. Ms. Morrison's imagination is quite remarkable in the variety and vividness of these characters! For those who are interested in understanding more about the roots of the Jazz Age, this book will also be very appealing. After you have finished thinking about the lessons of Jazz, you should consider where you display the good characteristics of a jazz player . . . and where you do not. Feel the rhythm around you! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
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