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by Zora Neale Hurston
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Words of a Bibliophile
Words of a Bibliophile rated it 3 weeks ago
Their Eyes Were Watching God combines poetic narration and vernacular dialogue to tell the life story of Janie Crawford, an African-American woman in 1930s Florida. It took me some time to get used to the dialect-heavy speech but once I familiarized myself with the patterns it got easier and quicker...
"So it goes."
"So it goes." rated it 2 years ago
“She had an inside and an outside nowand suddenly she knew how not to mix them.” ― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God There's a reason this is on virtually every "classic" list you can find. I could fill a hundred pages with nothing but gloriously human quotes and still not convey t...
Linda78 rated it 3 years ago
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...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it 4 years ago
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 rated it 4 years ago
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 4 years ago
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 ...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 5 years ago
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...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it 6 years ago
Definitely a classic you should read.
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it 6 years ago
Definitely a classic you should read.
The Blogging of a Book Addict
The Blogging of a Book Addict rated it 6 years ago
As I always do when applicable, I want to start this review with a disclaimer: I read this book as part of a college course, so it was not technically one of my own choosing (yes, I'm currently on winter break, and yes, I am reading ahead because I'm nerdy like that). That said, here is what I thoug...
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