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Their Eyes Were Watching God 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 treasureSo 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 of 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 treasureSo 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 grandm 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 lit 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 literary landscape years later And here is her creation, a coffee and cream skinned Janie Crawford, a child born out of a possible rape, a sure forerunner to Toni Morrison s Sethe, Denver and Beloved or Alice Walker s Celie and Nettie A mulatto woman in a white man s world, who grew aware of an identity not shackled by notions of race 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 Dey gointuh make miration cause mah love didn t work lak they love, if dey ever 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 side 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 I was prepared, based on the many five star reviews for this novel by many of my esteemed Goodreads 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 incredibl I was prepared, based on the many five star reviews for this novel by many of my esteemed Goodreads 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 boo 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 th 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 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. 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 madesense Of course my husband thought I was demented, but he often does I cannot imagine being married as young a 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 Hu 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 a 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 a 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 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 revi 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 I decided to remove the original


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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 Renaissance.Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic tr 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 Renaissance.Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic training to document African American folklore in her critically acclaimed book Mules and Men along with fiction Their Eyes Were Watching God and dance, assembling a folk based performance group that recreated her Southern tableau, with one performance on Broadway Hurston was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel to Haiti and conduct research on conjure in 1937 Her work was significant because she was able to break into the secret societies and expose their use of drugs to create the Vodun trance, also a subject of study for fellow dancer anthropologist Katherine Dunham who was then at the University of Chicago.In 1954 Hurston was unable to sell her fiction but was assigned by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the small town murder trial of Ruby McCollum, the prosperous black wife of the local lottery racketeer, who had killed a racist white doctor Hurston also contributed to Woman in the Suwanee County Jail, a book by journalist and civil rights advocate William Bradford Huie