Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

Paperback | March 19, 2013

byZora Neale Hurston

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“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie Smith

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

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“A deeply soulful novel that comprehends love and cruelty, and separates the big people from the small of heart, without ever losing sympathy for those unfortunates who don’t know how to live properly.” —Zadie SmithOne of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a South...

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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 voi...

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 roma...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060838671

ISBN - 13:9780060838676

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful This novel tells one woman's story or transcending societal limitations of race and gender in vivid prose. A classic I plan to reread one day.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic A powerful novel that is well worth the purchase. Gorgeous writing that is vivid and striking. The spoken dialect takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do it flows and gives it a very authentic feel. Janie struggles against racism, gender inequality, and searches for love. But this is so much more than a mere romance novel. It is full of the struggles of life and discovery, fear and bravery, love and loss. Complex and deep, this novel is a must-read.
Date published: 2015-10-11
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

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