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Quicksand

Nella Larsen

Like most of us in our twenties, Helga Crane, our American heroine and teacher in the rural South; is filled with the desire to be more than she is and to feel the world more intensely... She therefore dismisses her native Chicago, New York's Harlem, Copenhagen even. She also passes on opportunities for extended family, for marriage, and for true love. What is always latent in this truly remarkable work; is how much the background of 1920's American racial segregation defines Helga's malaise, and how much - paradoxically - is of her own doing... The title of this novel is tragically appropriate: living in a country with so much unresolved tensions, so much injustice and hypocrisy and violence could very well feel like walking in quicksand.

Like most of us in our twenties, Helga Crane, our American heroine and teacher in the rural South; is filled with the desire to be more than she is and to feel the world more intensely... She therefore dismisses her native Chicago, New York's Harlem, Copenhagen even. She also passes on opportunities for extended family, for marriage, and for true love. What is always latent in this truly remarkable work; is how much the background of 1920's American racial segregation defines Helga's malaise, and how much - paradoxically - is of her own doing... The title of this novel is tragically appropriate: living in a country with so much unresolved tensions, so much injustice and hypocrisy and violence could very well feel like walking in quicksand.
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Like most of us in our twenties, Helga Crane, our American heroine and teacher in the rural South; is filled with the desire to be more than she is and to feel the world more intensely... She therefore dismisses her native Chicago, New York's Harlem, Copenhagen even. She also passes on opportunities for extended family, for marriage, and for true love. What is always latent in this truly remarkable work; is how much the background of 1920's American racial segregation defines Helga's malaise, and how much - paradoxically - is of her own doing... The title of this novel is tragically appropriate: living in a country with so much unresolved tensions, so much injustice and hypocrisy and violence could very well feel like walking in quicksand.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alice Johnson

Length:

5h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

21:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:51