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Jazz
Jazz | Toni Morrison
In the afterglow of a clean triumph--her widely celebrated, Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, Beloved--Toni Morrison moves to even higher ground. This, her eagerly awaited new novel, Jazz, is spellbinding for the haunting passion of its profound love story, and for the bittersweet lyricism and refined sensuality of its powerful and elegant style. It is winter, barely three days into 1926, seven years after Armistice; we are in the scintillating City, around Lenox Avenue, "when all the wars are over and there will never be another one...At last, at last, everything's ahead...Here comes the new. Look out. There goes the sad stuff. The bad stuff. The things-nobody-could-help stuff." But amid the euphoric decisiveness, a tragedy ensues among people who had train-danced into the City, from points south and west, in search of promise. Joe Trace--in his fifties, door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, erstwhile devoted husband--shoots to death his lover of three months, impetuous, eighteen-year-old Dorcas ("Everything was like a picture show to her"). At the funeral, his determined, hard-working wife, Violet, herself a hairdresser--who is given to stumbling into dark mental cracks, and who talks mostly to birds--tries with a knife to disfigure the corpse. In a dazzling act of jazz-like improvisation, moving seamlessly in and out of past, present, and future, a mysterious voice--whose identity is a matter of each reader's imagination--weaves this brilliant fiction, at the same time showing how its blues are informed by the brutal exigencies of slavery. Richly combining history, legend, reminiscence, this voice captures as never before the ineffable mood, the complex humanity, of black urban life at a moment in our century we assumed we understood. Jazz is an unprecedented and astonishing invention, a landmark on the American literary landscape--a novel unforgettable and for all time.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#manicmonday @CBee @Librariana
I am not home to stare at my book/dvd cases so let's see what I can come up with

📚 Jazz (tagged)
✍️ Shirley Jackson
🍿 John Tucker Must Die
🎤 Elton John (of course! And I have tickets to see him next week!!)
🎶 Jammin (Bon Marley)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Elton is fabulous 🎹 🎶 I‘m happy that I got to see him several years ago before he retired!! 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks "retired" ? I was so made at myself for not going to see him on his first farewell tour, I am glad he is doing another! 4mo
Librariana I'm glad you get to go see Sir Elton John soon! 😁😊 4mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#alphabetgame #letterj @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

This is my Toni Morrison year. I am reading through her catalog and I am blown away by each and every book.

Graywacke Sounds like a really good year. Reading through her works was such a special experience for me. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it" ?

Gorgeous as always and with a thread of darkness. This is part of her Beloved series which I don't really understand as they don't share any characters. I read it is a series to bring attention to the different Black American experiences.
Jazz is a very smooth and deep read, the title is perfect for the atmosphere of the book.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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And Jazz gives me 3 Bingos for June.
#bookspinBingo
@thearomaofbooks

No Bookspin books read this month, they are stacking up....

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!! 7mo
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This book is full of rich, loaded language and striking images. A tricky but rewarding read, and one I plan to revisit—I feel that Jazz is meant to be read multiple times and carefully. I have read that Morrison felt Jazz was her best work. I like Beloved and Song of Solomon best but am still impressed with what she has accomplished here. As always is the case in reading Morrison, these characters will haunt me for a while.

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Eggs 🧡💜🧡 10mo
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TheSpineView
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Klou Perfect!! 11mo
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GinaKButler
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Not the best placement for a sticker on a library book, but, up next, Jazz by Toni Morrison! I‘m using this one as my Book Set in the 1920s for The Decades Reading Challenge. 🎷 📚

CoverToCoverGirl What is this reading challenge all about? 2y
GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl She also has a Read Around The World Challenge that I‘m doing. For the Decades you read one set in each: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and one set across multiple decades. 😊 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I think I‘m going to join in. 2y
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AlizaApp
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The brutal aftermath of a brief affair, in which a girl ends up dead and a marriage in shambles. Set in 1920s Harlem, no one expects there to be real consequences outside their own community.

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hilded
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I am in my final vacation week, and it‘s been really nice escaping work and the busy city life for a while. The weather has been great - even here this far north (North of Norway) - the midnight sun has been shining every night☀️

The book was a bit more on the darker side though, like every book I‘ve read by Morrison, and I found it a rather difficult, but good read. The character portraits were excellent. 3.5⭐️

#Reading1001
#1001books

Cathythoughts Stunning 2y
BarbaraBB That looks gorgeous 😍 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 2y
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TheBookHippie
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https://bookshop.org/shop/ReggieReads

I‘ve been following Reggie a long time
It‘s helped me in my mentoring reading with teens and my personal reading 🤍

#integrateyourshelf

ChasingOm Thank you! I love finding new recommendation lists on Bookshop.com 😄 2y
AmyG Thanks. I just followed him on IG. And I just followed you as I am now RockyMtnReads (edited) 2y
GingerAntics He looks fun. I just went and checked out his IG page. 2y
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TheBookHippie @GingerAntics He is wonderful. 2y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I am there too! 2y
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TheBookHippie
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🖤💜

runswithscissors007 💓🖤💓 3y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Pickpick

This book had such amazing prose that it slowed me waaay down to make sure I didn‘t miss a sentence! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Petelord
Jazz | Toni Morrison
Mehso-so

I liked this book and I didn‘t love it. Some parts were so dense with wonderful description I struggled to understand what was going on. I‘ve heard so many great things about Toni Morrison, so I‘ll definitely give her another go

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Leftcoastzen
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#NewYearNewYou Sometimes it‘s good to give into
#temptation I was out on errands,decided I was too busy to stop at the thrift store.I went in anyway and was rewarded with this nice copy of a Toni Morrison book to replace my beat up paperback .

Branwen I love the colors! 😍 What a gorgeous cover! 3y
Eggs Great design! 3y
Leftcoastzen @Branwen @Eggs The original hardback cover .Classic Knopf style circa 1992 .I think it stood the test of time.😊 3y
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Emilymdxn
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As usual, Toni Morrison‘s prose just glitters it‘s so amazing to read. I do wish this had been a bit longer, I would have loved more time to settle into this writing and these people‘s lives but if my only complaint about a book is that it‘s too short it must have been good! The female characters were fantastic, she won the Nobel prize for very good reason.

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Tanisha_A
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‘She wrote about what was difficult and what was necessary and in doing so she unearthed for a generation of people a kind of redemption, a kind of relief.‘ - Chimamanda Adichie

Need to get to everything written by Morrison. Also, here's an interesting article - The Music of Toni Morrison‘s “Jazz” by Xi Chen https://link.medium.com/crxTOtbEj1

#music #movember
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I want to recommend a Morrison book for bookclub which one would you suggest?? 3y
Centique This was my first Toni Morrison and I fell completely in love with this book. 😍 3y
Tanisha_A @Cinfhen I have read only one as of now, The Bluest Eye, and that should be read (strongly suggest it). But i have heard brilliant thoughts about Sula and Beloved. You could consider this one too (see above comment by @Centique). Is this for a Litsy bookclub read? I would love to buddy read Sula if so. 3y
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Cinfhen It‘s for my IRL bookclub but I‘d be happy to carry it over unto Litsy if my bookclub ladies agree to read Morrison. I‘ll keep you posted❤️ 3y
Tanisha_A @Centique Got to get to it yet. 🎈❤️ 3y
Tanisha_A @Cinfhen Thankee! 💙 3y
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emtobiasz
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“Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.” -Jazz

Missing Toni Morrison already.

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Tameeka
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I went through a phase where all I wanted to read, could read, was Toni Morrison. I still can‘t put into words how her books, her characters made me feel but I am so glad we have her legacy.
#blacklitsy

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megnews
Jazz | Toni Morrison
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Eggs Lovely! 4y
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MsLeah8417
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The Queen does not disappoint!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

SharonAlger This does sound interesting! 4y
MsLeah8417 @SharonAlger Have you read any of Toni Morrison‘s books yet? 4y
SharonAlger @MsLeah8417 not yet, no 😊 4y
MsLeah8417 @SharonAlger I would suggest that you might want to start with her first book, The Bluest Eye. It is amazing. 4y
SharonAlger @MsLeah8417 thanks, I will do that ♥️ 4y
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MsLeah8417
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Blues man. Black and bluesman.

Blacktherefore blue man.

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MsLeah8417
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water came to you—not you to it

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Pedrocamacho
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Aptly titled, this book is so smooth and lyrical. It is an enjoyable read.

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steffakish
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#currentlyreading
Thought this was an appropriate choice for black history month. I actually got this book at a book swap which is why the book is a little rough around the edges. I personally like knowing my book belonged to someone else. It has a different energy from newly bought books. Not sure what I‘m getting into but what books have you gotten at a book swap?

#happyreading #blackauthor #femalewriter
#blackhistorymonth

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MsLeah8417
Jazz | Toni Morrison

Whoa!! 14% in and I am love with the writing style. It is written like a song. Morrison is so good!!!

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ephemeralwaltz
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It's always cheesecake o'clock on Sundays 😋

Kalalalatja Oh yes 🙌🙌 4y
Thousand-Lives Yum!! 😍 4y
BooknerdsLife Awww Yesss!!! 😍😍 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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I'm upping my goal by a few books this year because in 2018 I ended up reading a whopping total of 75 books of my initial goal of 52! I've never read so much - very proud!
My main reading goal in 2019 is to finish Toni Morrison's published fiction.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LITTENS!😍📚👏🥂

Christine11 Happy New Year and good luck! 💛 4y
BeansPage That is so fantastic! I know you can do it sweetie! ✨👍🏻📚 4y
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Clare-Dragonfly That‘s awesome! Go you! 4y
BarbaraBB Happy new year! 💕 4y
Kalalalatja You got this 🙌🙌 4y
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 4y
Andrew65 Good luck! 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Toni Morrison is ALWAYS such a delight to read. I just can't even anymore 😭

readordierachel Pure poetry ❤ 4y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Wow beautiful... 4y
Reggie Wow. 4y
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Kalalalatja 🙌🙌🙌 4y
Simona Off topic - I received your card, and you really touched my ♥️ Thank you 🙏 4y
ephemeralwaltz @Simona I'm so glad to hear that ❤️❤️🎄🎄 4y
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JennyM
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#WinterWonderland #AngelOfHarlem

I‘ve not read this, but it‘s on a list of must-read books about New York, and it‘s set in 1920s Harlem.

Cinfhen Nice choice! I haven‘t read either but so much #LitsyLove for Toni Morrison ❤️ 4y
Cathythoughts Great choice... I havnt read this one , but I love Toni Morrison‘s heart & soul writing 👍🏻♥️ 4y
TrishB Not read either! So many books..... 4y
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Centique This was my first Toni Morrison so will always have a special place in my heart! 4y
JennyM @Centique I can imagine just how good it is! At least I‘m in good company having not got to it...yet! @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 4y
Billypar It's really good: one of my favorites of hers! 4y
JennyM @Billypar lol...looks like I need to read this soon then. So many books, so little time! 😘 4y
ephemeralwaltz Just started this one! I love her ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4y
JennyM @ephemeralwaltz enjoy, and let us know your thoughts. 4y
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EadieB
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JazzFeathers Sometimes, there's no other way to do it 😉 4y
Oblomov26 Great quote and very true 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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A few #orangebooks by women: 2 read (Station Eleven and Alias Grace), both great, and 2 TBR (Jazz and Men We Reaped), which I've heard nothing but good things about!

#31bookpics @howjessreads

Kalalalatja 😍 4y
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BeaG
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J-Jazz by Toni Morrison
O-On Beauty by Zaddie Smith
C-Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
E-Elbow Room by James Allen McPherson
L-Liar's Game by Eric Jerome Dickey
Y-Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
N-Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins
@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍🏻🤓⭐️ 4y
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Nute
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#Riotgrams - Spell June in book titles:

J - Jazz
U - Uprooted
N - Night Road
E - Eon

Toni Morrison is an all-time favorite. Eon consumed my time for a couple of days as stories with dragons, magic and girl-power will always do.

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Laura317 Well, that‘s a depressing thought! I guess we really never know how we are perceived as a race. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 The benefit of being in the majority I‘m guessing sadly. Although it is set in the 20‘s if that helps any, and the man who taught the lesson spent his childhood still in slavery, so the thought might be somewhat dated....however it was written in the 1990‘s so probably not a lot. 5y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The plot is twisted & Morrison is always a struggle for me to start reading until I sink into the prose & just let it flow over me. She writes of such dark things, but in a way it almost reads like poetry. Although I wouldn‘t give the surface plot high marks, where the story shines is the mini-backstories of its characters as they reveal the many facets & hardships of African American life from slavery through the 20‘s.

#Reading1001

Gezemice You finished it already! I do want to read more Morrison, she is amazing, but one needs to be mentally ready to accept the heavy load. I agree, it takes time to get into the flow but when you do, it is worth it. This is on my list! 5y
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Kristelh
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I like this quote, but this book is the hardest Morrison book that I‘ve read #1001books 1001diversity #blackhistory @JenP

JenP Yes, it‘s a challenging read but ultimately liked it. However it‘s probably one of my least favorites of her books 5y
Chili I finished it and was not a fan. I didn‘t like any of the characters. The whole story just didn‘t work for me. 5y
KellyHunsakerReads I agree with Chili. And now that three weeks has passed nothing about it has lingered in my mind 5y
Kristelh I finished and I am glad to have read it. Morrison is so amazing! #reading1001 #diversity1001. 5y
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DreesReads
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One more February group read done! This book is short, but not quick. The story weaves in and out of the past and present of husband and wife Joe and Violet Trace of NYC, formerly of rural...Virginia? The present being in the 1920s. My big question: who is the narrator of the last chapter? I‘m confused. Good, but certainly not my favorite by Morrison. #1001books #192019 #1992

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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When you start a beautiful audiobook, read by the author, with some great smokey bluesy jazz interwoven in the background of some parts & get home thinking you‘ll pick up at the same point you left off, only to realize your library‘s audio, so beautifully done, is severely abridged! Guess that‘s why I felt like I was missing a few transitions! I think I‘ll start this one over from the beginning. 🤦‍♀️ Why even bother making an abridged version!

hilded Too bad 🙈My audio version is almost 8 hours, so I guess you missed quite a bit. Not read by Morrison herself though, mine is a 1993 recording read by Lynne Thigpen. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @hilded That‘s what I thought as soon as I picked up the book and tried to flip through to where I thought I‘d be from the audio and thought...I don‘t remember any of this! What!!! Why bother to make a nice author read version and cut out over half of her story! 5y
hilded It's strange, I agree! I can understand abriged versions of a book to make them child friendly, like for instance 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'Oliver Twist', but for this book it's just weird. And also a bit strange that she agreed to record an abriged version herself. The Jazz music in the background sounds amazing though 🎼😊 5y
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Dorianna I can‘t imagine how an abridged version of Jazz could make sense. I don‘t remember the book even being all that long. 5y
Gezemice Oh, that sucks! Abridged versions only make sense if a book has a lot of filler. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Dorianna According to Goodreads the paperback is only 230 pages. 5y
Daisey I looked at your image and realized that‘s the edition I listened to! Wonder how I missed that it was abridged when reading the library info. Probably, like mentioned above, I never even considered it as a possibility! Now, I‘m really going to have to reread. 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I looked at mine again, and still can‘t see that on their page where I borrowed it. Either it‘s in tiny type I‘m missing somewhere, or they didn‘t list that. 5y
Daisey I went back to the library page and did find where it said abridged, but it doesn‘t seem to always show up depending on how I click through to the book info. I can‘t quite figure it out. The only other clue is that from the audio, it tells me the library also has the book available, but from the book it does not reference the audio as also available. 5y
minkyb Good question. Why bother! 5y
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Daisey
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I listened to the audiobook of Jazz last week, and I thoroughly enjoyed that it was narrated by the author and included music. Yet, there were a few things I wanted to read as well so I downloaded the ebook. I appreciated the insight Morrison provided in the foreword about her process and thinking for this novel, including these key lines.

#1001books

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DreesReads
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Starting one of my last 2 February group reads this morning. My fave weekend gym class was cancelled due to water damage from delayed maintenance at my gym. Yippee, and they just raised our rates and have now closed the group ex room. My very poorly managed Y ☹️. Unexpected reading time results...

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Daisey
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I planned to read the ebook, but the #audiobook was available. I enjoyed listening to Toni Morrison narrate & the snippets of jazz music were a wonderful addition. I may revisit the print since I sometimes felt I was missing transitions & would like to flip back & forth between some pages. Overall, I appreciated the storytelling that melded together several characters‘ point of view around a central event.

UPDATE: abridged edition

#1001books

Currey I loved reading this book. However, knowing it is Toni Morrison narrating and the addition of music makes me think I should also experience the audio version. 5y
Daisey @Currey Yes, I wasn‘t sure about it at first, just because I know with her style I sometimes like to flip back to reread, but it was wonderful to listen to. 5y
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thequeengeek
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Purple! #riotgrams

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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Toni Morrison is one of my favorite writers and this one is among my favorites by her. The story of young Dorcas is told by her aunt, her lover, her best friend and the lover‘s wife. Structured like a jazz piece, each character‘s narration shows a different side of Dorcas: intelligent, charming, impetuous, and stubborn. And since it‘s Morrison, it goes without saying that the prose is lush and evocative.

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CuriousG
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I'm trying to figure out my exact thoughts on this one. I love the whole premise of the book. The characters aren't quite what I expected - but that isn't a bad thing. I think I need a re-read when I'm not so stressed/preoccupied with work. I did love it, I just feel like I missed so much. Will definitely come back to this one again later.