Although Lanser's remarks are directed at the writer's earlier works the narrative voice in Morrison's latest novel, Jazz, makes clear that the inexplicable and the unknowable are still central to her portrayal of African-American life. The novel opens with the terse pronouncement by the narrator: "Sth, I know that woman" (3). What follows is a winding nar...
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...'d say it. Say, make me, remake me. You are free to do it and I am free to let you.... (229)
On one level recreation looks to the process by which Violet and Joe Trace reconstruct their life and build anew their relationship by means of a sensible review of their priorities. This seems to be a rational working out of their problems. But recreation is also discovery and involves a full opening out to intimations of mysterious, unrealised rhythms of being within the self.
The novel begins by describing the nature and extent of Black suffering. In particular it focuses on the predicament of one couple - the Traces - whose flight from country to City marks the constant threat of poverty and deprivation. The struggle for freedom, however, is complicated by historical and personal factors. A keen sense of the past and its related traumas invariably surfaces.
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