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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
Initially published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman has, since its reissue in trade paper in 1978, been the most widely readand highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. With this richly illustrated new edition, the novel is finally accorded the treatment it deserves as a classic.
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TheEllieMo
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This one had been on my TBR and, having finally read it, I‘m berating myself for not having read it sooner. A beautifully written story of a woman emerging from a poor background and the expectations placed on her, and becoming her own woman.

KCofKaysville @TheEllieMo I tried to get into it before one time. Will have to try again. 1mo
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Daisey
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This was a reread for me, and I appreciated the story more this time. I also really enjoyed the audio narration.

#1001books #Reading1001 #audiobook

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JuliaTheBookNerd
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#WithEyes 👀 #ItTakesAllKinds ☘️🌈🌷🌞

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover 💛👀 4mo
Eggs Exquisite cover 💛🩵💗 4mo
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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/DP2x7m7JLjg

Enjoy!

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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violettemeier
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Pickpick

A classic. I really enjoyed Ruby Dee's reading of if on Audible. She really brought this book to life.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree about the narration. Stellar addition to a great book! 12mo
violettemeier @BarbaraTheBibliophage 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Icing on the cake. 12mo
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shxriel
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Mehso-so

this book was a pretty good read and it made me emotional, but i just dont think i was mature enough to really understand what i was reading. im looking forward to making my way back to this book one day and truly comprehend what janie went through

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reading.rainb0w
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Started this on Scribd because Hoopla isn't working today, so I couldn't continue with Remarkably Bright Creatures (which is great so far btw - I love Marcellus) ❤️
ANYWAY. This book is a classic many may have read in school, but I never had the opportunity. Not sure if I would have enjoyed it as much in my youth as I am now, though. I love the metaphoric writing. The weaving of beautiful prose into a poignant story is quite a treat to my ears.

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Sophronisba
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I _really_ struggled with the dialect but this book hooked me in the second half and I ended up falling in love with it. Janie is a wonderful protagonist. Pro-tip: Read it in big chunks if you can.

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AshleyHoss820
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This book was a re-read thanks to my American Lit class. I love it even more after the second read-through. We looked at archetypes in this novel. I thought Dawn/Spring/Birth fit well. Janie's first two marriages as false springs. I also liked thinking of the fact that the only time Janie truly bloomed was when she was with Tea Cake. I also focused on transformation in quest narratives. Janie's story reminded me a lot of Odysseus'. Love this book.

SamAnne This is one I‘ve been wanting to reread. 1y
AshleyHoss820 @SamAnne That was me, too! Thankfully, my American Lit class gave me a push! I was afraid I would ruin the spell with a reread, but it was even better the second time! ☺️ 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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🎧📖 Harlem Renaissance story of finding love and self. The audio narrator was the best I've ever listened to. #bhm

Readergrrl Oh, I agree! Ruby Dee made me love this book! I had read it in high school and again in college, but it was only when I listened to Ruby Dee‘s narration that I fell in love! 1y
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Cortg
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Loved this story! There are a lot of themes running throughout, but finding a love was my favorite, and that ending! #pop22 ~ a book with a misleading title
I have one more to complete for the challenge and I‘m halfway done!

KarenUK You can do it!!! 💕 2y
Cortg @KarenUK Thanks for the encouragement! 2y
squirrelbrain Yay - you‘ll just squeeze in! 😁 2y
Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! I have 1/4 to go 😊 2y
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Evita
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
Pickpick

4 out of 5

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BC_Dittemore
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Pickpick

Hurston uses the classic tragedy as her framework, applying it to early 20th century Black America. At it‘s heart is Janie Crawford, whose struggle to adhere to gender norms is handled with bravado by Hurston. The writing is lyrical and poetic, and in the audiobook version, Ruby Dee is the perfect vessel to deliver Janie‘s story.

The book is pretty damn close to perfect and it should be assigned reading in literature classes the world over.

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BC_Dittemore
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Playing next… 🎧

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Booksandtea23
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

“There are years that ask questions and years that answers.”

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Booksandtea23
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

“Time makes everything old so that kissing young darkness became a monstropolis old thing while Janie talked.”

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Booksandtea23
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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A true classic 🫶🏿

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Mrs_B
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Mehso-so

I‘m so sorry I‘ve been so rubbish here @jhod and @jenniferw88 , but I‘ve finally posted this last book back to you Jenny. It should arrive soon!

jhod Ha! I have also been rubbish, will get reading!! 2y
jenniferw88 I have your book but have yet to start 🤣 2y
Mrs_B I am so glad it‘s not just me. I‘ve been feeling horribly guilty. @jenniferw88 @jhod ! There‘s no rush at all for mine back, I‘m going away until mid-August so honestly don‘t worry! 2y
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psalva
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This was a reread for me, for maybe the third time. I love this book! Hurston is a master of imagery, which is what kept jumping out to me during this reread. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes in the afterward, “She is ‘naming‘ emotions…in language both deeply personal and culturally specific.” Though he is referring to a different piece, I think this statement also applies to the style Hurston uses here. 100%, 5 star, pick.

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Leftcoastzen
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Was at a local indie & spotted this beautiful set!

alisiakae I did not realize she had written so many books. That looks like a beautiful set! 2y
Leftcoastzen @4thhouseontheleft I know I didn‘t realize there were that many! I have four of the books in this set ,not matched .was tempted. 2y
BookmarkTavern 🤩🤩🤩 2y
vivastory I've seen that before. Very tempting! 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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My son is reading this in school and since I‘ve never read it, I thought I‘d read along.

jlhammar I love that cover! Great book. 2y
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Rachiiebookdragon
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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freeatlast1137
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Pickpick

Definitely recommend this book. I love the poetic descriptions of Janie‘s life and world and the love she comes to find.

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jenniferw88
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Mehso-so
Cinfhen This was a tough one for me too. I hear it‘s really great on audio. 2y
squirrelbrain It is a tough read isn‘t it? 2y
Cortg I‘m hoping to get to this one in the next few months. On a side note, I had a copy of this in my Little Free Library and someone took it. 2y
Jemgirl2014 This was a part of my reading curriculum my senior year in high school. I hated it so much because I couldn‘t get past the dialectic. Fast forward to college: I had to read it again. I absolutely loved it! I think it was a matter of unlocking the dialect. After I understood what the characters were saying I started appreciating the story as a whole. It‘s a great book! 😊 2y
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Larkken
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I started #booked2022 on a whim in January and am surprised to say that I‘m actually being successful! I rather like the quarterly format 😊 Here‘s to winter being completed ✅
1. About a cult or religion - Nine Perfect Strangers
2. Title repeats itself - There There
3. Set in China - Supernova Era
4. Weather Term in Title - Frost Burned
5. From a Black-owned imprint - Their Eyes Were Watching God
6. Eco-feminist novel - Migrations

Cinfhen Yay!! Amazing 🤩 You have until Midnight April 3 to submit all books read between Jan 1-March 31🧭 use link below to enter the #FirstQuarterdrawing:

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26
2y
Cinfhen I‘m enjoying see everyone‘s choices!! Thanks for sharing ♥️ 2y
Larkken @Cinfhen thank you! 2y
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keepingupwiththepenguins
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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The dialect took a little getting used to (though that could just be my unattuned Australian eyes and ears), and I must offer a trigger warning for a violent dog death towards the end. But aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed this underappreciated classic of the Harlem renaissance. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/their-eyes-were-watching-god-zora-neale-hur...

Leftcoastzen Beautiful edition! 2y
bthegood I listened to the audio book (Ruby Dee narrated) to deal with dialect - loved this story too! 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely cover 💫 2y
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Carolhreads
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It‘s hard to put into words just have amazing and profound this beautiful book is . There are passages in this book that creep up on you in a silent and beautiful way.I don‘t have the words I need to fully describe this book . So I just have to sit and savor the experience I‘ve had for myself .

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jenniferw88
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Any UK littens willing to fill our 4th slot for #lmpbc? We're doing a BIPOC author/character theme.

Go to @suvata 's page for the sign up form.

@jhod @Mrs_B

jhod 😀 2y
Mrs_B Great image Jenny! 2y
jenniferw88 @jhod @Mrs_B I'm going to start in the next day or two... just to let you know I'll be using red (& pink highlighter) 2y
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jenniferw88
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Hi @jhod @Mrs_B , just thought I'd show you my edition & check whether you're ok with it - it's quite old! I got it cheap in a hospital charity shop at about the time Covid started - it has been disinfected but thought I'd make you aware.

truthinfiction That's a beautiful cover. 😍 2y
Mrs_B I love it! 2y
jhod I'm happy with slightly old, then I don't feel bad about writing in it ha! 2y
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marleed
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To my chagrin, this is my first time reading this book. To further redden my face, I didn‘t even realize this was a love story. I was captivated.

TrishB It‘s a great read 👍🏻 2y
marleed @TrishB I‘m so glad I read. I thrifted my copy and it‘s filled with random markings and highlights which was fun to see. I also noticed Ruby Dee narrated the audio which was available for library download. That was awesome. I loved hearing her speak the vernacular while I read along! 2y
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Christyco125
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“Ships at a distance have every man‘s wish on board.”
From Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I can read this book over and over again. There are so many other great lines.

#SundaySoapbox

Alfoster Agreed!❤️👊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻📚 2y
BookmarkTavern Oh that‘s a good choice! 2y
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bthegood
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Absolutely perfect and beautiful. Loved the story of Janie and her life and loves, and loved how it was told. I listened to the audiobook, Ruby Dee was the narrator - fantastic -
#BookSpinBingo - another one done - really enjoying my picks so far (even if I won't get a bingo)
Make a great day everyone 🙂

lostinwords ♥️Ruby Dee…😲oh, I may just have to reread by audio. Thank you for sharing this. 2y
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bthegood
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

tagging anyone who wants to share a positive thought today, tomorrow or anytime 🙂

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheSpineView Truth! 💞 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true 💛 3y
WJCintron 🙌 So true! 3y
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bthegood
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First snowfall, just right - enough to lightly cover -

Going to take the day to read -

Make a great day everyone ❄

Sleepswithbooks Pretty !! 3y
bthegood @Sleepswithbooks I love freshly fallen snow ❄ 3y
WJCintron Beautiful!! Where is that? I LOVE snow! 3y
bthegood @WJCintron this is in northern KY - 🙂 3y
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michellelav
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This novel was beautifully written. Janie tells her neighbor about her relationships with her three previous husbands. This classic novel had me feeling so many emotions throughout. 💕

This was my #BookSpin being #8 on my list 😁📚 @TheAromaofBooks

LitStephanie Love this book. Heartbreaking. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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bthegood
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Thanks for the tags @TheSpineView and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Two4Tuesday #ThinkPositiveBePositive
(if you are reading this - consider yourself tagged for both🙂)

1. Yes, I love snow - I love all the seasons
2. sled riding and walks (right after the first snowfall of the season - it is so quiet and beautiful)

Positive quote in picture above “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face - Victor Hugo

Make a great day everyone ❄

TheSpineView Great quote and so true! Thanks for playing! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome quote!! 3y
bthegood @TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks for thinking of me - make a great day (first snowfall is supposed to be today) 🙂 3y
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breadnroses
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First book of 2022! 😁 I never read this book in high school or college and didn‘t know what to expect, but I really loved this book. Zora Neale Hurston is truly one of our finest writers. I also enjoyed Edwidge Danticat‘s thoughtful foreword, which situated Zora/Janie with her daughters, among whom include Alice Walker/Celie and Toni Morrison/Sethe. Definitely could see the inspiration for The Color Purple while reading!!

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PaperbackPirate
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This was my favorite book read in July!

I bought the sweatshirt in this picture as a fundraiser for The Free Black Women‘s Library. Sadly I had only read books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison at the time I got it, so my goal is now to read this stack. This book was first and it was so good. Looking forward to the rest!

#12BooksOf2021
@Andrew65

Ruthiella Awesome sweatshirt! 😍 3y
Andrew65 Sounds great. 3y
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hissingpotatoes
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#QuotsyOCT21 day 26: screech

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jenniferw88
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Day 13 #tbrpile

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kissmehardy
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Pickpick

Now THIS is a classic that actually tells a story. #classics

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AnneCecilie
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Janie is telling a neighbor about her life being married three times with three very different men.

And finally an introduction that doesn‘t spoil the story.

My #Bookspin for August @TheAromaofBooks

Cathythoughts I loved this one. And , what a cover you have there ❤️ 3y
IuliaC I like that cover! 😍 3y
ravenlee Ooh, that cover! 3y
Tamra Cover lust! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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This is not a book that really pulled me to keep coming back to it (until I got close to the end) but it is not one that I will ever forget. The writing is astonishingly beautiful and Janie‘s story is hopeful and heart-wrenching.

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PaperbackPirate
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1. Sometimes, but usually no.
2. No, and Janie shouldn‘t either. (tagged book)

Thank you for the #two4tuesday tag @Eggs !

Sorry for the late post! Consider yourself tagged if you still want to play with me and @TheSpineView !

TheSpineView Never too late! Thanks for playing! 3y
Eggs Welcome ❣️ @PaperbackPirate (edited) 3y
PaperbackPirate @Eggs 👍👃🏼💙 3y
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rockpools
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Just wow, on every level. I love her writing, and I think I listened to the last hour with my jaw-dropped. Now I want to go back and read it in print.

I need to check, but I think that wraps up #BBRC #BlackMainCharacterByABlackAuthorPublishedBefore2000 @LibrarianRyan @Sarahreadstoomuch

Cathythoughts It‘s amazing 😍I agree 3y
TrishB An amazing read 😁 3y
LibrarianRyan Yeah. That is one of my last prompts too. 3y
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rockpools @LibrarianRyan It was a surprisingly difficult one to fill! 3y
rockpools @TrishB @Cathythoughts It‘s one of those books I feel like I should‘ve known about forever - but I went into it knowing nothing and it completely surprised me. Repeatedly. And the writing ❤️ 3y
Centique I‘m so glad you loved this. It‘s unforgettable! 😍 3y
PaperbackPirate I‘m reading it now for the first time. I wish mine had your cover! 😍 3y
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Tianarose
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My library finally got an audio copy of this book! So excited!!

Christine It is SO wonderful on audio. ❤️ 3y
Tianarose @Christine good to hear! I tried reading it in print but I couldn‘t wrap my head around the accent. So I figured it would@be way better to listen to. 3y
Christine Yes! That was my experience, too. Now I want to go back and retry the print! :) 3y
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A beautifully written story about Janie who sets out to be her own woman in the 1930s. She Janie is a strong woman who takes commitment very seriously. There were moments that made me laugh and moments that made me sad.

TrishB Agree totally with your review. 3y
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Nute
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#MayCharacters - Marries: Tea Cake. Finally it was the right marriage. The one that God probably intended in the beginning, but took Janie some time to get to after the course of two other disastrous relationships. Finally she found the one willing to contribute to her wholeness, to her strength, to her indomitable spirit. Finally, not a marriage that tried to control her, diminish her self value and oblige thievery of her independence.👇🏽

Nute So much could be said about Zora Neale Hurston and her gift for growing characters on paper that become monumental in realistic presence! A meditation on Black Love, encompassing love, real love, enduring love, down in the trenches love...or just love, no color, no adjectives, no descriptions.👇🏽 (edited) 3y
TrishB This book has just stayed with me for a long time! 3y
Lcsmcat Such a powerful book! 3y
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LatrelWhite So many layers in that book. I need to re-read💕 3y
Eggs So true📚❤️👍🏼 3y
Nute 👆🏽Janie and Tea Cake, trying to claim love for all its worth in good and bad times, got some money or got no money times...gripping trust, questing for value (decency, respect, earthy living), all that base level humanity stuff...all that while just trying to hold on to each other. Yeah, this book deserves its accolades!👇🏽 (edited) 3y
Nute Oh, many apologies for the interrupted thoughts. I was at work earlier...sneaking that post in when I should have been doing something absolutely different and work-related!🥴 3y
rockpools What a wonderful review! 3y
Nute @TrishB I like the idea that as readers we get to hold onto a book (the main gist, a favorite quote or just the feel of it) for our entire lifetimes. I hope that your memory is better than mine. Sometimes I can‘t even remember if I read a particular book. If I wasn‘t for Goodreads telling me that I‘d done so, I swear that I‘d be argumentative! Usually it‘s not until several chapters into the book that I suddenly realize...Hmm, this seems familiar! 3y
Nute @Lcsmcat Yes! So awesome to be touched that way (using the word powerful) with fictional literature! 3y
Nute @LatrelWhite Yes! Every page a new layer! A new intricacy! A new discovery! It‘s a wonder that her talent was ever seen as not contributing to the Black American experience in light of empowerment. She gave Janey strength and wisdom in choices of her own making for her womanhood as a young black female. Affirming in every way! 3y
Nute @Eggs @rockpools Thank you!💕 3y
Ahw06 I loved this book! I read it years ago in school but it was incredible! 3y
Nute @Ahw06 This book holds a special place in my heart as well. Brilliantly conceived for Women‘s Voices and Black America Culture. What are you reading now? 3y
Ahw06 @Nute I completely agree! Right now I‘m reading The Magic of Found Objects. I have Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Good as Gone queued up next. How about you? 3y
Nute @Ahw06 It‘s been a really weird reading year since 2020 with short attention span and long escapes into daydreaming. I‘ve been floating in and out of several books with few finishing accomplishments. I think that I am finally coming around. Here lately poetry has been the answer along with essays and non-fiction. 3y
Ahw06 @Nute I actually just got back into reading around May of this year. I completely understand the day dreaming. It‘s kind of a must these days. I‘ve been sticking to fiction, romance and lighter reads but I sneak in a few non-fiction books here and there. 3y
Nute @Ahw06 Eleanor is on my planned reading list for someday.😆 I‘ll keep a lookout for your review!🙂 3y
Ahw06 @Nute aww yay! 😊 3y
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IselaKay
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

I wanted to write a little more about why I think I didn‘t initially warm up to Janie‘s character—it‘s because she was more passive than I expected, more unresisting to her unhappy circumstances and I think in modern novels women protagonists that are described as independent are a little more archetypal. But after reading on, I enjoyed that she very realistically became more independent, confident, and her own person; in her own way.