Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel by Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel

byZora Neale Hurston

Paperback | March 19, 2013

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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.

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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Title:Their Eyes Were Watching God: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book is the story of a woman's life and her quest to find a deep and true love and happiness. It's a very interesting story of a girl becoming a woman, and how she eventually comes into her own as a person.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me 2.5 stars This book follows African-American Janie as she goes through three husbands during the 1920s? 1930s? in Florida. So, it seemed, to me, like it started off with a bunch of gossipy women. Shortly after, we went back in time to hear about Janie’s life and her three husbands. I wasn’t at all interested in the first husband and I remember nothing of what happened with him. The second husband was slightly more interesting, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out if she was married to “Joe” or “Jody”. It was only at the end of that section that I finally realized that they may have been the same guy. Her third husband, Tea Cake was more interesting, but I zoned out for parts of that section, as well. I was ready to rate it 2 stars until the surprising ending. That, combined with the slightly more interesting Tea Cake brought up my rating to 2.5 stars. I do know that part of why I “missed” (that is, I wasn’t interested, so wasn’t really paying attention to what I read) much of the book was that the dialogue was written in a dialect that you really have to focus on to figure out. At least, it didn’t come easy to me, and I have a hard time slowing myself down to follow it better, so I missed much of the dialogue, but I know that wasn’t all, as there were other parts that I missed out on, as well. I know so many people loved this, but sorry, not me. Oh, and this isn’t this book alone, nor does it reflect this story, but once again, I HATE when publishers put an introduction, preface, foreword, etc of a classic where they pretty much reveal the entire plot!!! I started reading it, but when they started mentioning plot, I skipped the rest and read the book. I then went back and read the intro. Why, why, why do this? Why give it all away before one has even read the story!? Put these comments in an afterword…
Date published: 2017-01-28
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 5 out of 5 by from ***** Another fantastic read. This one, like his others, keep you interested from cover to cover. It was very fast paced and unpredictable! I will definitely check out the others in the series!
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book was an outstanding read, one that kept me wanting more. It's one of those books you can't and don't want to put down until you get to the end. You finish and still want it not to end. I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intrigue at its best A real winner here. Meltzer does it again! I was riveted to reading this through the whole book. Political intrigue with flare.
Date published: 2014-01-24
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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