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Author: Toni Morrison

Year Published: 1992

Type: Novel

Genre: Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

Jazz's narrator is an unnamed speaker who often speaks in first person but also comments from a third-person point of view. Critics and readers have argued about the speaker's identity since the novel's debut.


Tenses shift from past to present as Jazz plays with the story line, dipping back into the past, retelling events from different points in time, and shattering standard chronology.

About the Title:

In jazz music, the voices of different instruments and the styles of different musicians intermingle as the musicians play and reinterpret the musical motifs that combine to create the music. Similarly, various perspectives, time frames, and character motivations mingle in Jazz to create the story.


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