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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston, Edwidge Danticat, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.Author Biography: In her award-winning... show more
Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person — no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.Author Biography: In her award-winning autobiography, Dust Trackson a Road (1942), Zora Neale Hurston claimed to have been born inEatonville, Florida, in 1901. She was, in fact, born in Notasulga, Alabama, onJanuary 7, 1891, the fifth child of John Hurston (farmer, carpenter, and Baptistpreacher) and Lucy Ann Potts (school teacher). The author of numerous books,including Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jonah's Gourd Vine, Mulesand Men, and Moses, Man of the Mountain, Hurston had achieved fameand sparked controversy as a novelist, anthropologist, outspoken essayist,lecturer, and theatrical producer during her sixty-nine years. Hurston's finestwork of fiction appeared at a time when artistic and politicalstatements—whether single sentences or book-length fictions—were peculiarlyconflated. Many works of fiction were informed by purely political motives;political pronouncements frequently appeared in polished literary prose. AndHurston's own political statements, relating to racial issues or addressingnational politics, did not ingratiate her with her black male contemporaries.The end result was that Their Eyes Were Watching God went out of printnot long after its first appearance and remained out of print for nearly thirtyyears. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has been one among many to ask: "How couldthe recipient of two Guggenheims and the author of four novels, a dozen shortstories,two musicals, two books on black mythology, dozens of essays, and aprizewinning autobiography virtually 'disappear' from her readership for threefull decades?"That question remains unanswered. The fact remains thatevery one of Hurston's books went quickly out of print; and it was
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781417696031 (1417696036)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Pages no: 219
Edition language: English
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Linda78
Linda78 rated it
4.0 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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...
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3.0 Review of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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...
TheBrainintheJar
TheBrainintheJar rated it
3.0 Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
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...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.5 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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 ...
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3.0 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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...
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