Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Paperback – Nov 8 2010
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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as for the novel, well it did not really fit my expectations. Read more
Written in 1937, this novel still feels incredibly modern and alive. I was worried I'd have issues with the dialect, but I caught the rhythm pretty easily. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CalltheDoctor
An excellent read on survival for those living in poverty and challenges they face. The colorful vernacular brought the story to life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by the reading lady
I have bought most of Zora Neale Hurston books because she gives a very real story about African people and European people it is not a clash but a way to learn one from the other... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Selene
couldn't stand to read this - the writing was poor or the accents in the book ...just couldn't tolerate it...to continuePublished 19 months ago by Jenny
Excellent!! Item as described, quick shipping, recommended, thank you!Published on Sept. 26 2014 by Allan Aguilar
Patriarchal priviledge can mean a lot of things - a fine home, money, status, the admiration of others (tinged with jealousy), but without love, these are as nothing. Read morePublished on March 22 2014 by Eleanor Cowan
When I started reading it, I didn't enjoy it too much but it wasn't to the point that I wanted to put it down. Read morePublished on March 7 2011 by Manley H
I have read this book half a dozen times and made the decision to own it. Every time I read it I find something new. Zora's writing style, imagery and prose have no equal. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2010 by Adela R de Beer