This was clearly a difficult story for Larsen to write at the time she wrote it in the late 20's. It was well crafted, and emotionally evocative, as a deep relationship between two opposites (in every way but gender) begins to build and simmer under the surface of antagonism. Very cleverly set up, This book, as does its characters, holds layer after layer of inner conflict and passion. No one is as she seems, and none loses her instinct for self-preservation, even as addiction for the 'other' grows and chokes out the life of 'normalcy'.
It seems somehow fitting that Larsen's next book did not find a publisher, and that this story is her last of record. It is a huge story, set in what proved a huge decade, amidst the rennaisance of the arts in Harlem. I sensed throughout that although the author was an adult woman, the story was told by an insecure child who had taken a deep breath, and now was braving everything in order to to "tell'.
Great novel. I first heard about this novel reading Black-White Binaries by Montayj. There is a chapter dedicated to Quicksand so I had to check out Larsen. Great portrayal of the tragic mulatto and should be referenced when people discuss colorism.
Quicksand made me think and reflect on my spiritual beliefs. I decided that I may not have all the answers about God, but in the words of my grandmother, before I take it back, I'll add more to it! God has really been good to me! The comfort and support of my God is worth the ups and downs as well as the ins and outs of learning the true nature of my Lord and savior.
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