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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Paperback – Nov 8 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rep Ltd edition (Nov. 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062001701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062001702
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.1 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 243 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #681,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""Their Eyes" belongs in the same category -- with that of William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway -- of enduring American literature."-- "Saturday Review"" . . . thanks to this audiobook, Zora's characters speak to us - through the wonderful voice of Ruby Dee."-"The Heard Word"Dee is marvelous in all roles in this stage-worthy performance."-"AudioFile --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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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 captivating 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 poverty, 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.

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A must read for anyone interested in the black experience.
Hurston's novel is a very interesting portrayal of the life of
black people in the fictional black town of Eatonville. Set in
the early 1900's Hurston is able to convey through a handful of
characters the vernacular, and thinking of black folk in the
early American south. The Language may require some getting use
to but it is well worth it. The novel incorporates a myriad of
oral performances- personal narratives, folktales, and sermons-
and charts the comming to womanhood of protagonist Janie Starks.
The novel is not for those who demand sex or high drama,instead
it is a video of words that depict the entirety of the basic
concerns of black folk in a new town of their own. There are ex-
amples of black men that lived from"hand to mouth" everyday who
casually gather around Janie's general store to "cut the fool"
and talk of the subtle foolishness in their lives, and there is
Joe Starks the talented negro with his plan to go to Eatonville
with 300.00, his new bride ,and make a name for himself.The wo-
men of the town tend their poorches every evening and anyone's
business they can. Janie was married to an older man(Mr. Logan
Killicks) through her grandmother when she was about 16, Mr Kil-
licks could never satisfy the desires of his ambitious maidens
heart,therefore Janie runs away with the dynamic,most ambitious
Joe Starks who promises her everything except the loving she de-
sires.At first Janie imagines this is the relationship she has
dreamed of until Joe's male chauvinistic beliefs begin to
stifle her ambitions.
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Their Eyes Were Watching God was one of the best books that I've ever read. The book answered a lot of questions about life. We are faced with several conflicts in humanity with choices having to be made between Love, Good, Evil, Hope or reality, and Truth. It is a story about Janie, a young black woman, who tries to find herself through her grandmother's footsteps and eventually confronts herself to become the person she knows is of her own good. Taken along the memory lane in a small southern black town, "Their Eyes were Watching God" is a beautiful portrayal of the conflicts confronting Janie, not only about herself but also about how her society perceives her. Through an amazing creativity in characters, plot development, excellent narrative, lessons and dialogues and an easy ride through time, Zora successful made the reader to understand and appreciate black culture. This absolutely credible story is a highly recommended book to anyone with a taste for classic stories. THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES,DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE,THE GREAT GATSBY, UNCLE TOM'S CABIN are other fascinating and insightful stories
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Zora Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is an amazing heartfelt novel about a young black women attempting to find her herself growing up in the Deep South. Hurston. This novel captures the universal experiences of pain and happiness, love and loss. The novel is an interesting, and slightly atypical portrayal of black community as seen at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. This book is about Janie's journey to find herself and to discover that the only thing that is truly important is to find out what life is for yourself.
The novel showed the oppression from racism, and also the hardships from sexism at the same time. The emotions in this book run deep and are extremely intense, forcing the reader to care for these people, for what they are, and see their struggles as worthy of respect. In a nutshell, this novel tells the life a Negro woman trying to live a happy life through difficult times. This local color reveals the struggle that women have because they are women and especially because they are black. This combination presents many obstacles for Janie as well as for African American women today.
"Their eyes as a novel did for literature what the minstrel shows did for the theater, that is, to make white folks laugh". After reading this statement by Richard Wright I came to expect all African-American fiction to focus, at least partially, on exposing and protesting racism. This was and is a worthy cause, but, I must confess, it makes reading more laborious. Surely, I thought, there was more to the pre-civil rights black story than simply fighting against the injustices of whitey.
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To my great displeasure, i was forced to read this in school, and I didn't like it at all. That is not to say that it was not a good book, but I didn't enjoy it.
From the very beginning Janie is apoiled as all get out. Her grandmother forces her into marriage with a sort of old man, who seems to genuinly care for her, but is not as romantic as she would like, so she goes off with another man, who is not much better. You will have to read the book to find out the rest.
Even though I personally didn't like it, this book was well written. Janie was a dynamic character who continuously grew throughout the book. She became a woman who understood what she was about and what she was looking for in life. I found the language hard to understand at times, and I would have to read it out loud. I also didn't really like any of the characters because they either seemed foolish or dislikeable.
I personally would never recommend this book to anyone, but since other people really do enjoy it, maybe you will too.
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