Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is a luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is a luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to seventy years.

This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates, boldly and brilliantly, African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a black woman, who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.

Originally published in 1937, Their Eyes Were Watching God met significant commercial but divided critical acclaim. Somewhat forgotten after her death, Zora Neale Hurston was rediscovered by a number of black authors in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and reintroduced to a greater readership by Alice Walker in her 1972 essay "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston," written for Ms. magazine. Long out of print, the book was reissued after a petition was circulated at the Modern Language Association Convention in 1975, and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel of American fiction.

With a new foreword by the celebrated novelist Edwidge Danticat -- author of Eyes, Breath, Memory; The Farming of Bones; and Krik?Krak! -- this edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God commemorates the singular, inimitable voice in America's literary canon and highlights its unusual publication history.

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Ha scritto il 24/08/14
Great, passionate story written by a powerful author.
Ha scritto il 15/05/12
Read and keep as resource to loan to others
The language of this book is beautiful, frequently breaking out into poetic passages. The author will frequently describe something by a thought-provoking parallel (admittedly, I never got some of them). The dialect takes some getting used to and for ...Continua
Ha scritto il 15/03/12
SPOILER ALERT
The main character, an African American woman in her early forties named Janie Crawford, tells the story of her life and journey via an extended flashback to her best friend, Pheoby, so that Pheoby can tell Janie's story to the nosy community on her ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 23/09/11
might pick up again but the language was just to difficult for this to flow for me.
Ha scritto il 30/07/11
Ah sho sugges' it
Given the fact that I'm not an english mother tongue, at the beginning it was a bit tiring to read the dialogues, but engaging as well. Besides the love story, I appreciated Hurston's clear-headed portrait of the afro-american culture and of the afro ...Continua

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