“Risky, I’d say, trying to figure out anybody’s state of mind.” Although not as well known as some of Toni Morrison’s other novels, Jazz
“Risky, I’d say, trying to figure out anybody’s state of mind.”
Although not as well known as some of Toni Morrison’s other novels, Jazz addresses with the power we have come to expect from her issues drawn from the legacy of slavery. The novel is about the flight from the South to the North, from the farm to the city, and from family life to independent living. The backdrop is 1920s New York. The built urban environment replaces the open spaces of Ohio in what is and is not a sequel to Beloved.
The connections and disconnections which Morrison weaves between her characters form a loosely structured saga of generational kinship and friendships, in which preoccupations like love, possession, imprisonment, freedom, hate, and forgiveness, bind and separate people, according to their natures and their experiences.
- Facilitated by Toby Brothers
- Tuesday early eve 5-7 PM BST
- Three meetings over three weeks from June 2nd
- Meetings conducted virtually via ZOOM
- Jazz by Toni Morrison edition recommended: Picador of 1992 (many copies available on Abe) or Vintage 2005 (229 pages)
- £75 includes background notes and materials
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Despite its title, this is not a novel simply about music. Yet musical rhythms run through its heart. Nor is it simply about race and deprivation, although those issues are central ones. For some commentators, Jazz is Morrison’s most difficult book. Its fluid structure certainly requires careful reading. The study will offer opportunities for considering how the complex arrangement of events and the shifting narration of those events can be understood as a pattern of observation and commentary which reflects hard realities alongside psychological truths.
Description by Geoff Brown- co-facilitator of LLS Jazz study 2020