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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Hurston

Harpercollins Publishers | December 21, 2005 | Trade Paperback

Their Eyes Were Watching God is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.

With a Foreword by Edwidge Danticat and an Afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.79 in

Published: December 21, 2005

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060838671

ISBN - 13: 9780060838676

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok read The story of this book is interesting but it is a bit of an effort to read. It's filled with a southern pidgin dialect that requires a lot of concentration. if you have a copy, give it a read, but don't spend money to read it.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uhk. This book was a struggle. It was a nice story about a woman standing up for her right to love and be loved, but it was definitely a pain to read. About 40% of the book is THICK Southern dialogue and sporadic writing. It did have some great insights, though, but reading it was definitely not a relaxing read.
Date published: 2009-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Story for Women This author had fallen to the wayside after the 1930s until being unearthed by Alice Walker in the 1970s. This novel has been reduced to a simple romance story by Oprah. But this book has so much more to offer, and it is sad how Hurston's brilliance was ever forgotten. It is the story of a woman's journey to herself and being freed from the limitations of her race, gender and class. Janie's strength and liveliness are inspiring. I loved how although Janie is a black woman in a time when racism was still very open, Hurston does not focus on her colour or her gender oppression. It is there, but the focus is on Janie herself not on outside forces. I also loved Hurston's language: vivid word images and the use of the everyday slang instead of an academic english for conversation. An eye-opening read.
Date published: 2008-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I had to read this book for my english class. I thought that it was the best book I had ever read. Normally, the books we read for this class are not that great, but this changed everything. This book is great because of the characters and their stories. Each character seems so real and so relatable. It makes you realize how great your life is in comparison to theirs. I highly reccomend it to everyone, it is a great and very human story and book.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profoundly poetic....a BEAUTIFUL read This story made me laugh, cry, and smile with the feeling of fulfillment Janie finally felt at the end of the novel. Janie's quest for her horizon, was detailed beautifully and the poetic language of the novel was simply amazing. I praise Zora Neale Hurston, although she is now at rest, for writing such a masterpiece. I, myself have aspirations of a career in writing fiction, and a pray that I may write as well as Ms. Hurston, she is a new idol of mine now. Their Eyes Were Watching God contained beautiful passages and metaphors that profoundly revealed mysteries of human life. I myself felt fulfilled when Janie found inner peace at the end of the novel, and through the author's words and descriptions I too felt all the feelings and emotions Janie did, also. The dream finally became the truth for Janie. This novel was beyond beautiful...but perhaps that is an under-statement.
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from POWEFUL & BEAUTIFUL Amazing book that will become a part of you.
Date published: 2005-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Their Eyes Were Watching God The human need to grow, to be loved and to fulfill and achieve one's goals are common and essential desires. Unfortunately, it is the dreams and lifestyles of women that are often controlled, hindered and oppressed in racist, sexist and patriarchal societies. This is clearly depicted in the life and marriages of Janie Crawford in the book by Zora Neale Hurston entitled 'Their Eyes Were Watching God'. Set in the deep South, Janie's strong willed determination enables her to break free from the restraining and oppressive expectations of her family and community, learn about life for herself and follow her dreams to become spiritually alive. In the beginning of the novel, Janie is triply oppressed. She is poor, black and female. Her whole life is spent trying to resist these oppressions. Janie's quest to achieve personal happiness, fulfillment and love remove her from her small town and involve her in many interesting experiences. In this book, Janie embarks upon a spiritual journey towards love, sexuality and equality. In an attempt to connect these goals throughout her three marriages, Janie discovers dreams do come true and she learns the importance of attaining such visions on her own.
Date published: 2001-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Their Eyes Were Watching God A classic of African-American literature, Hurston's highly acclaimed novel describes the life of Janie Crawford, a strong black woman making her way through life in the Deep South in the early years of this century. Often breathtaking in its imagery and comic in its characterizations, this novel is also informed by Hurston's painstaking attention to ethnographic and historical detail. Equally reknowned for her work as an anthropologist and folklorist, Hurston wraps Janie's story in rich, multi-hued layers of song, myth, and folk tradition.
Date published: 1999-09-16

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Hurston

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.79 in

Published: December 21, 2005

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060838671

ISBN - 13: 9780060838676

About the Book

Hurston's beloved classic--one of the most important American novels of the 20th century--follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford, a woman who was married three times and had been tried for the murder of one of her husbands in the black town of Eaton, Florida.

From the Publisher

With a Foreword by Edwidge Danticat and an Afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

?There is no book more important to me than this one. It speaks to me as no novel, past or present, has ever done.?(Alice Walker)