Their Eyes Were Watching God (Audio)
Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.This poetic,... show more
Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.
Publish date: October 31st 2005
Edition language: English
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, Historical Fiction
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Quick note on language: The phonetic spelling of the accents and dialects was a bit hard to get into at first, though thankfully growing up in the US, I'm at least familiar with the accent and know how it's supposed to sound like. It didn't take long to get into the rhythm of the story. Anyone who t...
Wow was that a depressing book. I always have a hard time reading a narrative that has the characters speak with a thick accent. The characters in this book all speak as uneducated Southerners and while it certainly helped put me into the time period and community, it slows down my reading and reall...
Is this novel really about Black people?Can a Black person write a novel whose novel about a character who happens to be dark-skinned, and make it about things other than the Experience of Living as an African-American? It’s pretty racist to expect every book written by a Black to be about this. The...
A woman finds her own power after decades of being under others' control. How can anyone not like that plot? Janie was raised by her grandmother—who then married Janie off, at age 16, to a middle-aged man. Because she caught her kissing a "no-good" boy. And because she wanted Janie married before ...
This is a story of a woman who marries three different men and slowly finds her voice over the course of the novel. It is rally a work of feminist literature informed by its black context rather than the other way around. I guess this led to rejection of the book by other black writers of the time...