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Their Eyes Were Watching God 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 s Janie s quest for identity takes her through three marriages an

  • Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Author: Zora Neale Hurston
  • ISBN: 9780061120060
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston, 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.

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    1. 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

    2. I read this masterpiece for the first time in high school The love story of Janie and Tea Cake is one of stupendous beauty Zora Neal Hurston s text is a treasure So she went on thinking in soft, easy phrases while all around the house, the night time put on flesh and blackness Early in life, Janie is taken care of by her grandmother Nanny, Every tear you drop squeezes a cup uh blood outa mah heart As she grew, Janie waited for a bloom time, a green time and an orange time She is married off to a [...]

    3. 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 varyin [...]

    4. A story as melancholic for its relationship to the writer s own life destiny as another Southern masterpiece Confederacy of Dunces I cannot imagine that this isn t Toni Morrison s true foundations of prose the beauty of which borders on the sublime The modernism of Their Eyes lies in the intermixing of 1930 s black vernacular with poetic lines which themselves carry astute and precise craft this is outstanding Lightning in a bottle that s what this book reads like.I love to choose sides in liter [...]

    5. Here is a woman who led a wretched life for years, doomed to stagnate in the drab depths of oblivion even after her death which had gone under the radar and generated no nostalgia soaked, emotional obituaries She lay in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest, Florida, treated by her own contemporaries like an outcast because of a difference in perspectives, to be resuscitated and acknowledged as one of the foremost powerful voices that ever reverberated across the African American lite [...]

    6. Another I don t remember it very well, but I know I liked it story Here s what I do recall A The main character was a woman, and she had something like 3 lovers throughout the book Saucy.B One of these dudes was named either Teabag, Cornbread, Teabread, or Breadbag Or something C There was some issue with the weather towards the end.D Zora Neal Hurston got arrested for fucking a kid, or something I guess that wasn t really in the book, but whatever.Somehow I managed to get through this before my [...]

    7. I was prepared, based on the many five star reviews for this novel by many of my esteemed friends, for a worthy book I was prepared, based on its 1937 publishing date and its setting of Eatonville, Florida and then the Everglades, that important racial themes would be present What I wasn t prepared for, however, was to be knocked over completely by the shimmering, feathery fine, poetic prose I wasn t prepared to be told a courageous, all in, love story.Zora Neale Hurston s incredible book is the [...]

    8. When I was in school we were given a choice to read Soul on Ice, Johnny got his gun or this book I choose Johnny, a book that haunts me to this day Hurston s book always remained in the back of my mind, though I can t help but wonder if I would have appreciated it back then as much as I did now.I did find the dialect difficult at times, but I found if I read it out loud it made sense Of course my husband thought I was demented, but he often does I cannot imagine being married as young as Janie [...]

    9. When I teach Zora Neale Hurston s Their Eyes Were Watching God, I tell my students the Alice Walker headstone story and teach the book as a Black Feminist novel that is far, far ahead of its time I noticed this year that my introduction made my students expect the protagonist, Janie, to jump from the novel s pages as a woman warrior, take no shit from anyone, and I don t know burn her bra But the real beauty of Hurston s novel is that her heroine is a real character living in a real world albeit [...]

    10. I recently reread this book, in February 2011 and wrote a new review It s a lengthy review, but I learned a lot on the second reading, hence the length I posted that review on my blog, so here s the link left handedright braineds I decided to remove the original review I posted for this book due to the new review I wrote in February 2011 The original review I posted for this book is no longer how I feel about the book and therefore wanted to move forward with the 2011 review If you decide to vis [...]

    11. Another book that I recently re read that stands up well to a second reading Hurston s novel, unlike many classics, is as impressive and as relevant today as it was when written.Hurston s story of Janie, a fair skinned black woman caught in the time period between the end of slavery and the civil rights movement, is the first woman in her family who has the opportunity to be defined as something other than property Despite this, Janie is unable achieve self actualization or seek out the independ [...]

    12. There are two ways to approach this book 1 Enjoy the writing Take in the dialect and try to put yourself in the atmosphere that is created by Hurston s fantastic prose and poetry Side note The audio version narrated by Ruby Dee only makes this better 2 While reading, think about this as of a historical fiction story Take a moment to read a bit about the South between the Civil War and World War I How does the end of slavery and the establishment of a free black community in the South affect the [...]

    13. To meet as far this morning From the world as agreeing With it, you and I Are suddenly what the trees tryTo tell us we are That their merely being there Means something that soon We may touch, love, explain Some Trees by John Ashberry.Janie returns to Eatonville with the sunbeams glowing on her shoulders giving her the appearance of a luminescent and almost unearthly goddess whose bare feet voluptuously caress the dusty road Women on porches sing a harmonious chorus of gossip and covetousness wh [...]

    14. You know those books that sit on your shelf and mock you for being too hesitant to pick them up We all have them They sit there, perched on the edge of the shelf like hooligans on a stoop tossing out insults to passersby and just daring them to pick them up and give em a spin For me, Their Eyes Were Watching God was the ringleader of my abusive books It would yell vicious things at me as I sat near the shelf and once, in collusion with my long time archenemy gravity, contrived to whap me upside [...]

    15. A Classic That Hasn t Finished Saying What It Has to SaySeeing Within You More than BeforeTheir Eyes Were Watching God should be highly revered as an American classic Italo Calvino defined a classic as a book that has never finished saying what it has to say The current racial turmoil brewing in the United States today leaves no doubt that this Zora Neale Hurston classic still hasn t finished saying what it has to say Ms Hurston s decision to attain a verisimilitude by using the lively vernacul [...]

    16. I hate, hate hated this book, and I really can t explain WHY very well, but I ll try.It was well written, the metaphors, etc were good I read it for an English class so I know ALL about the metaphors , the characters were well rounded, it IS a really fine example of Hurston s work What I hated was the forward in the particular version I read It was about a conference of women who loved the book or something, and one lady just went on and on how Janie is a strong female character, and something a [...]

    17. I am not African American, and no matter what genuine empathy is in my heart, there is no way a white woman can truly understand the life experiences and the collective family experiences of my girlfriends and guy friends who are in fact black But reading this classic by Zora Hurston let me pretend to do so for a while.Wow, what a book When Ms Hurston, born in 1891 ,wrote this, she had already attended Howard University and Barnard College studying anthropology and attended Columbia for graduate [...]

    18. Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston s Novel of an Independent Woman Dat s all right, Pheoby, tell em 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 Lawd Phoeby breathed [...]

    19. 4 Uh woman by herself is uh pitiful thing, she was told over and over again Dey needs aid and assistance God never meant em tuh try tuh stand by theirselves But our protagonist Janie Crawford is determined to find out about livin fuh herself After reading the two forewords explaining the literary history of this novel, and upon completion, I have come to regard this as the little book that could After publication it was out of print for 30 years Dismissed by the male literary establishment Harsh [...]

    20. I ll start by thanking Zadie Smith her introduction to this edition is also the first essay in her collection Changing My Mind Occasional Essays, which I read earlier this year Hurston was not talked about when I was at school and I knew nothing of her or this book before reading the essay, but it was enough to persuade me that I had to read the book Smith says There is no novel I love , and that kind of hyperbole creates very high expectations, but within a few pages I was drawn in to Hurston [...]

    21. Oh dear, I was just about to start my review by saying how I enjoyed the richness of the language in this novel until my GR friend Michele provided me with this quote from the Encyclopedia of African American Women White reviewers, often ignorant of black culture, praised the richness of her language but misunderstood her work and characterized it as simple and unpretentious.Does that condemn me as a white person who is ignorant of black culture Well probably yes, it does, because surely the lan [...]

    22. This is a wonderful novel and I would recommend it The speech is not easy to follow initially, but is easy to get the hang of if you persist and is well worth the effort.The story of the life and loves of Janie Crawford told in her own words and in a strong clear voice It has had a mixed history in terms of reviews Ralph Ellison criticised its calculated burlesque and others regarded it as not being serious fiction Then there was the debate about racial uplift and improving image an approach Hur [...]

    23. 4.5 5She had been getting ready for her great journey to the horizons in search of people it was important to all the world that she should find them and they find her But she had been whipped like a cur dog, and run off down a back road after things.What do you live for Love Security Money Hope There s something to said for any of them in every combination with one another, the melding usually a three of the four legs of a stool that is never quite stable A great deal of literature is generated [...]

    24. This book was so powerful and so beautiful I will be haunted by Janie and Tea Cake for awhile I first started this in print and was struggling to get into it because I was having trouble with the dialect It made me feel like I was just learning to read and I found I was concentrating on the words than the story but about 25 pages in I switched to the audible version narrated by Ruby Dee and oh my gosh she was amazing She brought this story to life for me in ways the printed book never could hav [...]

    25. There are years that ask questions and years that answer It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.Hurston wrote this novel when efforts were being made by some sections of American whites to keep African Americans down using different methods One such method was by writing fiction that portrayed colored people as racially inferior In response to such fiction, a second movement was started which sought to show African Americans as perfect, law abiding citizens and that inc [...]

    26. Except for the scene where Tea Cake combs Janie s hair and is actually scratching out all her dandruff ew , I thoroughly enjoyed this book I loved the writing style I m not terribly keen on poetry, per se, but Hurston s prose felt poetic and many of the sentences beat out a steady rhythm I could almost hear, even reading silently to myself The dialogue between the characters was it s stark opposite, using a phonetic dialect commonly used by black people living in the south Switching back and for [...]

    27. Ships at a distance have every man s wish on board For some they come in with the tide For others they sail forever on the horizon, Never out of sight, Never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, His dreams mocked to death by Time That is the life of men.So begins Their Eyes Were Watching God It s not actually written in verse but it hardly seems to be prose either The language is almost too lush and rich in metaphors to be merely a novel Death, that strange being with th [...]

    28. 4.5 5.When I first heard that we were going to read this book, I wasn t sure what to think since it was written with a Southern dialect As I read, though, my feelings for it changed This books shows the growing up and life of Janie Crawford through her describing to her friend Phoebe years after it happened This gave much insight and you knew how she was feeling In the beginning of the book she was hopeful and had many dreams to being happy and in love Over the years though, her dreams were not [...]

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