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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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One of the most important works of twentieth century American literature Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic Their Eyes Were Watching God is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit beauty and heartfelt wisdom Told in the capt. I have mixed feelings on this book On one hand I loved the writing style and I loved the main character and following her journey through life's struggles On the other hand it was slow moving which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I felt things could've been cut to keep the story moving better I understand why this is such a well loved classic but I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped to

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Ty trials and purpose A true literary wonder Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. Written in lush prose that blossoms around lines of vernacular dialogue Their Eyes Were Watching God follows Janie Crawford as she wades through three turbulent marriages toward a state of financial and emotional independence The story begins at its end with a forty something Janie returning to her old town after years spent elsewhere; her best friend Pheoby calls upon her and Janie begins to recount her many travels and experiences to Pheoby But despite the frame's promise that Janie will be the one to narrate most of the novel the narrative is in fact split between long stretches of dialogue and the voice of an omniscient narrator From the start then the novel is interested in problematizing the ownership and interpretation of Janie's life story a story of one Black woman's endurance in the face of vitriolic misogyny and racism The narrative's clash between voices forces readers to consider on what terms in what ways and to whom Janie's story is told The book's well structured plot makes for a highly absorbing reading experience even as its distinctive structure compels readers to remain acutely aware that they are reading a work of literary artifice

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Ivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow bitterness fear or foolish romantic dreams it is the story of fair skinned fiercely independent Janie Crawford and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by pover. ”Dey gointuh make ‘miration ‘cause mah love didn’t work lak they love if dey ever had any Then you must tell ‘em dat love ain’t somethin’ lak uh grindstone dat’s de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch Love is lak de sea It’s uh movin’ thing but still and all it takes its shape from de shore it meets and it’s different with every shore”Janie Crawford knows about love She knows how life is with it and she knows how life is without it She had three marriages with varying degrees of success The first was a marriage with a much older man when she was on the verge of womanhood Her Grandmother fearing her own death and wanting to make sure that Janie had some security in her life made arrangements with a man of means to be her husband Nanny wasn’t worried about love but about whether a man could provide She was looking at her granddaughter’s future with old eyes Love and lust from her withered view were just enticements best skipped for the security of a solid roof and a steady diet of suare meals Nanny was a force of nature and any protest that Janie may have thought about making was uickly swallowed up in the gale force wind of her grandmother’s will ”Nanny’s head and face looked like the standing roots of some old tree that had been torn away by storm Foundation of ancient power that no longer mattered The cooling palma christi leaves that Janie had bound about her grandma’s head with a white rag had wilted down and become part and parcel of the woman Her eyes didn’t bore and pierce They diffused and melted Janie the room and the world into one comprehension” Zora Neale HurstonIt wasn’t long before a smooth talking man by the name of Joe Starks came along and told her all the wonderful things he would be doing with his life With barely a twist of her arm she jumped in the buggy with him and moved to Eatonville Florida where an all black community was being formed into a town Joe could see the potential and opened up a general storepost office and started making money hand over fist He didn’t like the way the men looked at Janie and had her tie up her lovely hair everyday so as not to rile up so much lust in the male population He was controlling and had words of “wisdom” to attach to everything he instructed her to do ”You sho loves to tell me whut to do but Ah can’t tell you nothin’ Ah see”“Dat’s ‘cause you need tellin’’ Joe rejoined hotly “It would be pitiful if Ah didn’t Somebody got to think for women and chillun and chickens and cows I god they sho don’t think none theirselves”Now Joe just seemed to fold all up in himself and took sickly and died leaving Janie with a good stack of green and as good a living as she wanted to make Now Janie was North of forty but was still a damn good looking woman The men noticed her firm buttocks like she had grape fruits in her hip pockets; the great rope of black hair swinging to her waist and unraveling in the wind like a plume; then her pugnacious breasts trying to bore holes in her shirt They the men were saving with the mind what they lost with the eye” The Lovely Halle Barry played Janie Crawford in the 2005 movie versionThe men of the community that had been having unnatural thoughts that camewellvery naturally to them regarding this married woman soon found themselves on the outside track once she became a widow A young man by the name of Tea Cake showed up and suddenly for the first time Janie found out what love felt like Dear lord did the community carry on about this old woman shaking the sheets with this youngster with no money and no name for himself Janie herself was suspicious even pushed him about the thought that his intentions might be built on false pretenses ”Janie Ah hope God may kill me if Ah’m lyin’ Nobody else on earth kin hold uh candle tuh you baby You got de keys to de kingdom”Now what woman could resist that I'm ready Where do you want to goThey moved down in the Everglades to pick beans by day and for Tea Cake to shake the dice by night He could pick a mean guitar as well and sang songs for the entertainment of all those hard working people Yo’ mama don’t wear no DrawsAh seen her when she took ‘em OffShe soaked ‘em in alcoHolShe sold ‘em tuh de Santy ClausHe told her ‘twas aginst de LawTo wear dem dirty Draws Like all her other husbands Tea Cake is not above being jealous Men kept circling around her like bees looking for a hive ”Before the week was over he had whipped Janie Not because her behavior justified his jealousy but it relieved that awful fear inside him Being able to whip her reassured him in possession No brutal beating at all He just slapped her around a bit to show who was boss Everybody talked about it next day in the fields It aroused a sort of envy in both men and women The way he petted and pampered her as if those two or three face slaps had nearly killed her made the women see visions and the helpless way she hung on him made men dream dreams” Yeah they are looking at you ZoraNow there are hurricanes heart breaks rabid dogs lustful men stiletto knives and a young girl blossoming into a beautiful woman that has to find her place in the geometry and geography of love Hurston has a keen eye for observation and an attentive ear for conversation I had so many notes and jotted down so many page numbers of amazing uotes that if I’d worked them all into this review I’d go way over my allotted word count Now Zora Neale Hurston did not become famous for being a gifted writer She worked as a substitute school teacher librarian freelance writer and even as a maid towards the end of her life When she suffers a stroke in 1959 she is forced to enter the St Lucie County Welfare Home where she remains until her death on January 28th 1960 from hypertensive heart disease She is buried in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest Fort Pierce In the 1970s Alice Walker becomes an advocated for Hurston’s body of work Through Walker’s efforts Zora’s reputation is restored and her works begin to be added to the syllabuses of major universities As a final tribute to Hurston Walker finds the approximate point of her internment and puts a grave marker on the site This is vindication for a voice that was not heard by enough people when she was alive but now at last she is being read discussed and loved If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

  • Audio CD
  • 7
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • English
  • 07 July 2019
  • 9780060776534

About the Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist and author In 1925 shortly before entering Barnard College Hurston became one of the leaders of the literary renaissance happening in Harlem producing the short lived literary magazine Fire along with Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman This literary movement became the center of the Harlem RenaissanceHurston applied her Barnard ethnographic tr