Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2006, c1937.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780060838676
0060838671
9780061120060
0061120065
Characteristics: xviii, 219 p. ; 21 cm.

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mko123 Oct 11, 2017

A love story about a woman who dares to be unabashedly herself. Against all odds, she remains a strong feminist way before her time yet is able to put her own life on the line for love. She is not swayed by her first rich husband who "big-bellies 'round and worships the things of his hands.... Read More »


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Ghettostone
Jun 06, 2018

There Eyes Are Watching God, by Zora Neal Hurston a historical master work!
It been years since reading it but the story lingers in my mind. A romance coming of age
story of a young girl who becomes a woman through the post Reconstructionist segregated
South in the Black Experience. As a young girl the main character is charmed by a well dress,
worldly traveler, with huge ambition and a plan for success, she runs away and later marries.
Life is grant as good fortune and security take hold as they become the statues quo of a small Black Town on the rise. But like all great story a tragic events are added to the mix as time flys
and she is still young and beautiful. A younger man appears who adds excitement and drama, creating a great tension, full of action adventure and sorrow concluding with the two becoming lovers who venture off to become loggers in a great escape forest. You will have to read the book to see what happens next, but its enough to create a special effects movie version starring Hailey Berry and Terrence Howard, produced by Oprah Winfrey! One of the truly great novels features a female protagonist and narrative insights by her. A must read...

Ghettostone Publications Group Highly Recommends This One!
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orange_lobster_23
Apr 06, 2018

A black woman, granddaughter of a slave, finds her voice in 1930's Florida. Moving American classic focuses on family dynamics.

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ssjv
Mar 19, 2018

A masterpiece. Deserves a place on literary shelves with the likes of Steinbeck and Pushkin.

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 24, 2017

Big issues seen through the littlest of eyes, Janie tells you a tale that will whip you around until you feel dizzy. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD is not one of my favourites, but I can see why it is a very important book. It provokes emotions, without question, and those emotions are often tied to big ideas, thinking beyond her story while staying planted firmly within the intricacies of the relationships in Janie's life. While she recounts the steps she's made through life, Janie is also tackling the grand scale. It is a feminist text, but not in the overt way that makes some people cringe (cough, chauvinist misogynists, cough). Her courage and the strength of her decisions are important in a time that cannot fathom why she dare have the conviction to take action when she's just so darn pretty. But, to Janie, it's not what's on her face but in her head that matters. She deals with what life hands her and there is a spiritual element that courses through her, egging her on to be who she wants to be. While some parts of the book dragged, others chugged along mighty strong. And while I didn't particularly like what I felt was a rushed resolution in order to conclude the novel, I can understand that it may have been a stylistic choice reflecting the ebb and flow of life itself. As we all well know, sometimes a week can feel like years and then a year can feel like days. Sometimes, we are waiting for the second hand to tick over; other times, we are begging for another hour in the day. I can understand why this is the favourite novel of one of my friends. It may not be mine, but I don't, for a second, regret reading it. For anyone with the patience to walk a mile in someone else's shoes, I recommend THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD.

mko123 Oct 11, 2017

A love story about a woman who dares to be unabashedly herself. Against all odds, she remains a strong feminist way before her time yet is able to put her own life on the line for love. She is not swayed by her first rich husband who "big-bellies 'round and worships the things of his hands." She settles for nothing less then what her heart demands. Glorious storytelling in a folklore-laden culture of the deep south. MKO

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njon38
Jan 07, 2017

A book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God was published in 1937. Written in the African American dialect of the deep south it recounts the spiritual journey of Janie Mae Crawford, the granddaughter of a former slave, to find a place for herself in the world. Louise Gates Jr. writes that the book is about "the project of finding a voice, with language as an instrument of injury and salvation, of selfhood and empowerment.” It is a strongly feminist voice.

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Jwalker_11
Aug 31, 2016

I know I am supposed to like this book, but I did not. It was boring and depressing.

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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

This was hard for me to read at first, but once it got to the good part, I couldn't stop. This story blew me away.

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julia_sedai
Jul 14, 2016

Pretty amazing book, but hard to read sometimes. I found I got used to it when I would read for a longer period of time. It's very interesting, about something I have never really read about before - the black community in the early 30s in first Eatonville, then the Everglades in Florida. I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in some U.S. history and looking for a strong female lead.

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mccannxgrande
Jun 24, 2016

i really liked this book, but at times it was difficult to understand.

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Dec 24, 2017

"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."

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