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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Turtleback School & Library)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Turtleback School & Library) | Zora Neale Hurston
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.
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FINALLY!! 🙌🏽 I‘ve wanted to read a book by this author since I was in high school! And she didn‘t disappoint. This was focused on the journey through life of the MC Janie... the writing is so poetic and beautiful it gives even regular experiences a certain glow. Unfortunately the ending took a lot away from the book, but it was nevertheless quite an experience.
#Jennyis30 #Poetry

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Cathythoughts Great book ❤️💔 3w
lele1432 That cover is stunning 3w
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DGRachel
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In case anyone is interested, I saw this on Instagram this morning. It may be US only, I haven‘t checked.

Amistad Books is offering a free digital copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God at CelebratingZora.com today only.

readordierachel Wow, that cover! 3w
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perfectsinner
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Mehso-so

Not usually the type I read, but it was all right. It was interesting. 3 star

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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

Just finished this for book club and I absolutely loved it! Her writing is poetry.

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batsy
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Faves of 2019 #adventrecommends Dec 18

A true classic for a reason, & once again I'm grateful to Litsy & bookish friends on here for inspiring me to read it for the group read. I think about Janie & Tea Cake often. It's a book that's so textured on multiple levels of language, themes, & emotions that it really stays with you 💜

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Godpants Such an incredible book. 1mo
TrishB I‘m grateful for our buddy read on this too! Without I expect it would still be in the pile and I‘d have missed a great read. 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m so glad to have received this book as a Litsy gift & to have read it with you guys XXX 1mo
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batsy @Godpants So good! 1mo
batsy @TrishB Exactly, me too. Would have just lingered in my shelves! Thanks for the idea to read it together @Cathythoughts it was a lovely group to read with ❤️❤️ 1mo
Centique This book has stayed and stayed - carved out a seat in my brain and taken up residence! Great choice 😍 1mo
batsy @Centique That's a beautiful way to put it! 1mo
Kenyazero I read this one on hight school, and still occasionally think about the description of the lake waking up. (I learned recently that that type of lake tidal wave really has happened a few times in recorded history!) 3w
batsy @Kenyazero Oh, that's a cool fact! The descriptive writing is totally in a class of its own 🙌🏽 2w
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jennbee
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

Enjoying re-reading this classic!

MidnightBookGirl I need to add this to my TBR pile for 2020! 1mo
jennbee It‘s part of my 2019 book challenge, which I am not gonna be able to finish, but I am enjoying trying! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
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jennbee Thank you!! 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 1w
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Do I really need another copy of Their Eyes Were Watching God?

Absolutely 😍

BarbaraBB Gorgeous edition 😍😍 1mo
WomanistBibliophile Stunning cover artwork! 1mo
Linsy Beautiful! ✨✨✨ 3w
Nute I have three editions right now and it look like thanks to this post I‘m going to have four!😁 2w
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Gadolby
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston

Anybody that didn‘t know would have thought that things had blown over, it looked so quiet and peaceful around. But the stillness was the sleep of swords.

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Emilymdxn
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How have I not read this before?? Such a perfect novel, potentially a new all time favourite. The writing style was much easier to get used to than I‘d heard and it helped me feel completely immersed in Janie‘s life. Janie has to be a new favourite mc for me as well, seeing how she changed so much over her life and understanding all of it so closely. So many moments will stay with me that I can‘t even list. The ending almost made me cry

Cathythoughts 👍🏻❤️💔💔💔 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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Lovely cosy winter day and this book is 5/5 fantastic so far. I can not believe I haven‘t read it before it‘s so perfect and exactly my taste.

I had a lovely veggie sausage pasta lunch, read some of this and then went to meditate on bankside. Holding up as best I can against the dark and the cold!

How‘s Monday treating everyone else? Dark and cold where you are? At least it‘s crisp and gorgeous as well as cold here in London

Caroline2 I loved this book! 🥰 3mo
Moray_Reads It's fully dark and sadly quite wet in Edinburgh. I envy your dinner and your book! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks It's one of those days where it's getting colder all day instead of warmer!! Your lunch looks delish! 3mo
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Scochrane26 As usual in Kentucky, we had at least 2 seasons today. Started out about 55, then rained, then temp has dropped & we may get snow. Supposed to be down to 10 tomorrow. Then back up to 50 on Thursday. 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
Emilymdxn @Caroline2 I‘m loving it too! 3mo
Emilymdxn @Moray_Reads Edinburgh must be so beautiful this time of year! My bf‘s dad lives there and I always fall completely in love with it when I get to go visit. Never been this late in the year but Edinburgh in October was so so gorgeous when I went! Packed a lot of jumpers 3mo
Emilymdxn @TheAromaofBooks absolutely! I walk to work and I am REALLY feeling it at the moment! 3mo
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 that‘s a lot of weather! I‘ve never visited Kentucky but I‘d really like to! I‘ll try to pack appropriately lol 3mo
Moray_Reads @Emilymdxn I adore Edinburgh always, even when it's wet. It love a crisp, cold weekend 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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#mrbook1inamillion readathon total: 4 hrs

Not breaking any records but I knew I‘d be busy and just wanted to take part! I was visiting family so I‘ve fitted this in around: 3 meals out across 3 different cuisines, a movie, a sewing lesson, a serious plumbing problem and planning my dads birthday so I think I‘ve done ok.

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 You‘ve done well to fit 4 hours in. Thanks for playing along. 😊👏👏👏 3mo
MrBook Four hours is fanTAStic 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🤗!!! I‘m really happy you joined us this weekend. ☺️ 3mo
Lynnsoprano Your total is about the same as mine. Thanks for being part of this special celebration. 3mo
rwmg With all that going on 4 hours is quite an achievement 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and once upon a river

2. It was like seeing your sister turn into a ‘gator. A familiar strangeness

3. Nothing that special! I think today I‘ve drunk earl grey tea, a Diet Coke and water. Very exciting day! Yesterday I had a German coke/Fanta mix which I‘m obsessed with and get whenever I eat German food but some people think is awful. Don‘t knock it till you try it!

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Emilymdxn
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I‘ve wound up at about 3.5 hours so far for the #mrbook1inamillion readathon - I was expecting to have more time but I‘m home visiting my parents and we‘ve wound up having a lot of family things! Few mins with this in the morning before we head to the national gallery together.

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

youneverarrived Look forward to seeing what you think of this one 💕 3mo
Andrew65 If you‘re visiting family you‘ve done well to get to the time you got to. 👏👏👏 3mo
Linsy I love that book, and that cover. It‘s the one I have too. Just so pretty!!! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm What a lovely edition of the book. 3mo
Cathythoughts I love this book too ❤️💔💔 3mo
Mishu94 Review after you‘re done, please? ☺️ 3mo
Rachel.Rencher I love this book! 3mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I first read this book more than a decade ago, while I was in high school. Reading it now brought back the memories of then, and I realized how culturally insensitive my teacher taught this book to us. I learned more from it now than I did then! I'm so glad I decided to pick this back up. I loved it in high school, and have a deeper appreciation for it now. 💚
Also, isn't this a gorgeous cover?!

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I'm so excited for this re-read! I read it first as a freshman in high school and fell in love with it, but I can't wait to see what I get from it this time.

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Hollie
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I had to be peopley this weekend at a wedding, which means that now I need to decompress and recharge. I‘ve got Cup of Calm tea and a reread of a classic that I‘m assigning next semester. #introvert #selfcare

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to also and now I have a migraine 😫 4mo
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks clearly, being around people is bad for our health. I hope you get relief soon, my friend. 😘 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I totally agree, but I wish we lived closer because I know I would enjoy being around you 💗 and thank you I just woke up again and took more medicine 🤯 4mo
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes, I would love that! 4mo
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Literaturenut
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This is one of my new favorite #classics

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Christinak
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This is so beautifully written. With vernacular dialogue and lyrical prose she illustrates the story with her words. As soon as I shut this book I wanted to read this all over again.

#PBSGreatAmericanRead
#Florida

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Biverson12
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“They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”

I finished this book earlier in the week but I needed some time to take in the ending. I loved this book. I feel like it will be one that I‘ll want to re-read multiple times throughout my life.

ameliaR230 One of my favorite books to read 2mo
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Pedrocamacho
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This book works on multiple levels so summarizing it is difficult. However, I‘d say Hurston‘s book is about a woman who ultimately refuses to be bound by the expectations of others.

Biverson12 I‘m reading this now and I‘m really enjoying it! 5mo
Pedrocamacho @Biverson12 I look forward to your review 😊 5mo
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Biverson12
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Coffee date with my sister to start the holiday weekend ☕️ 📚 Also I‘m in love with this cover! 🌳

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Biverson12
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1. Tagged ☺️
2. Family cookout
3. Anything with brownie mixed in!
4. I play cello in a community orchestra and I play piano 🎼
5. Got it!

#friyayintro
@howjessreads thanks!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a good book! 5mo
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youneverarrived
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A classic for a reason. It‘s got such a sense of time and place but it still feels like quite a modern novel. I loved the writing, so many beautiful sentences. The dialogue took a bit getting used to but it definitely added to the novel. One I won‘t be forgetting in a hurry. Thanks for starting the buddy read @Cathythoughts ♥️ really glad to have read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tamra I love that cover! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Yes I agree some beautiful writing & timeless. I can only take some credit for this ... it was inspired by a gift I received from @erzascarletbookgasm & also it was on my TBR because it‘s one of Sarah Winman‘s favorite books 👍🏻♥️ I‘m so glad we all read it together (edited) 5mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it‘s so lovely 💚 5mo
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youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you 😘 I‘m glad we all read it together too 💕 seems like we all really enjoyed it. 5mo
charl08 Gorgeous edition you've got: I have one of these but resisted the rest (kind of wish I hadn't!) 5mo
TrishB It was a wonderful read ♥️ 5mo
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batsy
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Thank you @cathythoughts for getting the group read going & I can't add much to the lovely reviews by the rest of you. I have to borrow from Zadie Smith's intro to capture the magic & essence of this novel: "It is about the discovery of self in and through another". I love that Smith points out that Janie's ancestors include Elizabeth Bennet, Dorothea Brooke, & Jane Eyre. It's about Janie's quest for autonomy & self-fulfillment outside of ⬇️

batsy the strictures of race, class, & gender. Janie rises the ranks as a mayor's wife but has to come down to earth to know herself better; that Hurston plays with conceived notions of black womanhood is beautiful to see. The manner in which Janie is granted freedom is life-affirming. This book is so perfectly-constructed it's almost scary: no word out of place; the syntax & diction of the dialogue & the rich, distinctive voice of the narrative. 5 ⭐ 5mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review!! I love your thoughts on this. And about having to come down to earth to find herself ... puts me in mind of King Lear - the whole nature of the weather- the books weather mirrors Janie‘s 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Love your description of Janie! Great review and I wish I can read Zadie Smith‘s introduction! 5mo
andrew61 Great review ☺ 5mo
TrishB You definitely added a lot with your review ❤️ I couldn‘t believe how perfect this story felt either. 5mo
Tanisha_A Great great review! Have to read it. ✨🌠 5mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! And that's a great point about the weather and Janie's condition... So interesting to think about. 5mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! The Zadie Smith intro is lovely in terms of seeing Hurston beyond the usual categories 👌🏽 5mo
batsy @andrew61 @TrishB @Tanisha_A Thank you, so happy to have read it 💜 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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A wonderful book that will stay with me for a long time, and I think it will need some time to process properly.

I thought I might struggle with the dialect to start with, but it really wasn‘t an issue. The writing was beautifully lyrical and there were many quotable passages.

The one below just made me laugh - a great way of saying you can keep a secret...! 🐓

TrishB I finished last week and am still thinking about it. A powerful little read. So many quotable bits! ❤️ we‘ve all loved it so far. 5mo
youneverarrived It‘s so beautifully written ♥️ 5mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too! 💖 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm So many important themes in the book, very powerful message. ❤️ (edited) 5mo
batsy Nice review! Every sentence of hers turns and twists and gives unexpected pleasure. So rich in metaphor but never feels "writer-y". Such incredible talent! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I had feelings on every single page 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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What a love story. And it‘s much more than that. A story about a resilient young woman who has a great passion for life and independence, who refuses to be intimidated by social norms or be content with comfort and status. Took me a little while to get used to the dialect/slang, but you can‘t miss the beautiful prose and poetic language. A multilayered novel and a beautiful read. ❤️
Thanks for spearheading this, Cathy.

Cathythoughts Lovely review!! Thanks for the beautiful copy Jessie that got this buddy read going X 5mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 It was so much more than the love story with all the underlying themes. 5mo
MaGoose I read this about 20 years ago. I'll put it back on my TBR list to read again. 5mo
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batsy Great review ❤️ 5mo
youneverarrived Great review. I agree about getting used to the dialect but it wouldn‘t be the same without it. It really takes you there ♥️ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks. So many important themes weaved into the story @Cathythoughts @TrishB @batsy The dialect certainly makes the characters seem more real and captures the ‘black culture‘ then @youneverarrived . 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @MaGoose Definitely a book that deserves a reread. 💗 5mo
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Cathythoughts
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I had to keep reading till I finished, after Tea Cake arrived things really got moving. A lot of the rhyming lines & the story made me think of Bob Dylan‘s writing too. A powerful story on every level. I feel shook up inside. Look forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts whenever all are finished. Feels like a book that will be bonding. Must think more about it myself now ....
#TheirEyesWereWatchingGodBuddyRead2019

TrishB Lovely review Cathy 💕 I‘m still shook up inside too. I feel like the author really let us inside Janie and you experienced everything with her. 5mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks. I‘m so glad we read it together , it is good to share this experience. Yes , I agree , really experienced everything with Janie 5mo
batsy "shook up inside" —yes! Lovely review. I hope to have time to finish it this weekend. 5mo
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cathysaid I read this one in a literature class in college and then again in grad school. If those of you reading haven‘t already, you might find it interesting to read a bit about the author‘s life after you‘ve read the book. Puts a lot of things in perspective. Just be warned...it‘s a sad history 😞 5mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks! I hope you get some reading time 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @cathysaid thanks for that. Will have a look 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely what you said, Cathy. 👍 5mo
youneverarrived Lovely review ♥️ I‘m going to read a bit more later. I‘m loving it. 5mo
andrew61 Great review, i really enjoyed reading this earlier this year and found it as well as the authors life story fascinating. I think I will have to reread it soon. 5mo
kspenmoll Great review. Read this a long time ago & lived it then. 5mo
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squirrelbrain
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I‘m also about halfway through - this is my favourite quote so far. I just love the idea that thoughts can be turned into pictures by talking about them - beautiful!

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Crazeedi I'm going to read today 5mo
TrishB She has amazing story telling skills. 5mo
Cathythoughts It is beautiful!! Such a quotable book 👍🏻 5mo
youneverarrived Beautiful. So many lines like this that make you go ‘wow‘ 🖤 5mo
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I‘m halfway till tomorrow.... ( wish I could read tonight ) Storyteller ! So quotable... & what she really does for me is that she brings it all home. We are no longer talking about issues & points of view out there ... I find myself thinking of my family history & of the pain , of people I loved ... of how they were hurt , In ways that were seen as nothing & in more visible ways .. #TheirEyesWereWatchingGodBuddyread2019

TrishB 😘 love it when a book does this. 5mo
Ruthiella Love your bookmark! ❤️Yes to powerful fiction that helps the reader reflect on life. I read for many reasons and that‘s one of them. 5mo
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batsy Beautifully put ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy thanks! Such simplicity & power all at once ... Tea Cake has entered the story at this point. I didn‘t think this would be such a beautiful page turner ... 5mo
youneverarrived Stunning writing. It‘s so vivid and emotive. 5mo
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This first paragraph sets the stage for the story and the difference between men and women. And what an opening line!
@Cathythoughts I‘ve finished the book, so many good quotes and I‘ll have a think how to review. Look forward to our discussions to come.

slategreyskies Did you know that Zora NH wrote this book in only seven weeks!? Talk about inspired writing & having something so strong to say that it just explodes out of you! :) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @slategreyskies It was mentioned in my book foreword! Interesting how she was rediscovered and reintroduced to greater readership in the 60s and 70s by a number of authors! 5mo
Cathythoughts Great quote & as you say , so many , I‘m about half way. I don‘t know what I‘ll say either. It‘s a brilliant book .... every page (edited) 5mo
Crazeedi We read a portion of this book in one of my literature classes, can't wait to start and finish! 5mo
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youneverarrived
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Got my coffee now going to sit and read this for a bit 👌

Moray_Reads So good. And I love this cover 5mo
TrishB Same copy as mine 👍🏻 even the introduction is awesome. 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘m about halfway through and loving it! Mine is a boring Kindle version though, as it was cheap! 5mo
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Moray_Reads @squirrelbrain Mine too. Might have to splurge on this lovely though 5mo
batsy This is such a pretty cover! @TrishB I'm reading an older Virago edition with the Zadie Smith intro, it's brilliant isn't it 5mo
TrishB @batsy it‘s amazing. I felt like she was just sharing one of those moments when the light bulb had not only come on but had fizzed to life. You could really feel that it was a literary and life changing point for her, just made me want to dive into the book and I could see how it was so affecting. I kept having to remind myself when it was written. Your point about her just subtly showing you all these things. 5mo
Cathythoughts She completely has me ! A page turner & yes @Trishb I agree with your comments all the way 5mo
youneverarrived @Moray_Reads it‘s cheap on wordery at the minute. Think I got it for a fiver 👍 5mo
youneverarrived @TrishB I loved the introduction. It‘s so pretty this edition 💛 5mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain it‘s really good isn‘t it! I was going to get the kindle version but was only a bit more for the paperback when I looked. 5mo
youneverarrived @batsy I love these editions 💛 Zadie Smith is brilliant, loved the introduction too. 5mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts it‘s really gripping! 👍 5mo
jenniferheidi Beautiful edition! 😍 I‘ve never read this... 5mo
batsy @TrishB Perfectly put! I enjoyed that aspect of Smith's intro, as well. And thanks to @andrew61 I loved listening to this about Hurston and her impact... The way Solange Knowles describes her response to Hurston is so uplifting https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04zzrsv 5mo
TrishB Thanks @batsy I‘ll have a listen to that later. 5mo
youneverarrived @jenniferheidi isn‘t it ♥️ 5mo
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Like other classics, this book has achieved a certain reputation to the point where I had a vague idea of what the book is about, but no idea what to expect. Sly, playful, and deeply rich in language, allusions, and the ideas percolating in the background—it is hardly at all what I expected, even though I didn't know what to expect.

If that makes sense 🙃

@Cathythoughts

batsy Also that "familiar strangeness" refers to a lot of things, not least race, but I also had a strange Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer) moment in that 'gator who may or may not be one's sister. ? 5mo
TrishB Interesting point! Lovely thoughts so far. On finishing, I thought this book was so insightful on feminism and racism, she really makes you think. 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to getting into it. I‘ve literally only started... the language is beautiful & rich ... I hope I get some time later ... it‘s going to be a big book I think 5mo
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batsy @TrishB Yes, she really does! And it's done so gently (for lack of a better word) while spinning a story with dialogue as rich as poetry. 5mo
batsy @Cathythoughts I know what you mean, not a book that works in short bursts. Needs a spell of time for one to really savour it. 5mo
saresmoore That definitely makes sense! I had a similar experience with it. 5mo
danireads I had to read it back in Junior High, but like most books I had to read for school, I‘ve forgotten it. Still have it on my bookshelf and hope to reread it one day, especially now that I can absorb everything you pointed out with from a mature perspective. 5mo
mcipher I love your reviews. ♥️♥️ 5mo
batsy @saresmoore I'm so glad to hear it! I wasn't quite sure how to say what I wanted to say 😆 5mo
batsy @danireads It's my first time but it seems like a book that would yield different insights at different points in one's life 🙂 5mo
batsy @mcipher Thank you ❤️ 5mo
Ruthiella I really enjoyed this book. Janie was such a strong character. The dialect was understandable too I thought because it was consistent.😀 5mo
batsy @Ruthiella Yes, I was reading slowly at the beginning to get into the rhythm of the dialect but it came so naturally after awhile. It's a beautifully-constructed book! 5mo
youneverarrived I know exactly what you mean! 5mo
Suet624 I read this years ago and remember underlining passages similar to this one. I should probably check in with it again. 5mo
batsy @Suet624 Some seriously stunning insights that creep up on you because it's subtly woven into the lyrical writing 5mo
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Cathythoughts
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I have this down in my diary for tomorrow... so I plan to start in the next couple of days .... @TrishB is already finished ( our very own speed reader extraordinarie 😘) so a gentle reminder to everyone else @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @youneverarrived @Crazeedi @squirrelbrain

youneverarrived I‘ve just got it in the post this morning. Will probably start reading tomorrow too 😘 5mo
squirrelbrain It‘s 99p on Kindle today! So of course I bought it.... I‘ll probably start tomorrow too, when I‘ve finished my current Kindle commute book.... 5mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I have a lovely copy from @erzascarletbookgasm .... but the kindle deal feels like a sign ... the stars are aligning.. ✨✨✨✨✨ 5mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain wow 😮 you were meant to read it now! Can‘t wait to join in discussions. 5mo
TrishB I had the Zadie Smith intro in mine, that was awesome in itself! 5mo
Crazeedi Thanks I'm going to get and read since I obviously forgot, 🙄 5mo
Crazeedi Just checked 2 libraries online and both have copies out-of I put a hold on either th wait is 16 weeks???!!! Why is this popular all of a sudden? 5mo
Crazeedi Ok everyone, just got on kindle for 99 cents, like @squirrelbrain said! 5mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi yay 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
batsy I was planning to start within the next day or two, as well 🥳 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the reminder 😘. Actually I‘ve already started it. 👍 5mo
andrew61 Im looking forward to reading your comments as i read it earlier this year after hearing this radio 4 documentary which is worth listening to as it gives a lot of information about the author and book https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4SYxTvQjwY4ydZqbNcFPMby/the-death-and-... 5mo
Cathythoughts @andrew61 nice one 👍🏻will have a listen later 5mo
batsy @andrew61 Thank you for that! The article was fascinating and I look forward to the podcast. I loved what little I read about her in tagged book and might revisit the chapter when I'm done with the novel 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @andrew61 thanks for the link, great article. 5mo
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TrishB
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Finished yesterday and absolutely loved it ❤️ can‘t wait to discuss when the rest of the gang get there.
So much in a little book.

Cathythoughts Oh well done ! And you loved it ♥️👍🏻... I might start it soon. 6mo
Cathythoughts And that is a lovely copy @batsy ♥️I think so too 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts even the introduction was powerful! 6mo
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Centique I‘m so glad you liked it! That book still has me thinking two years on - there‘s so so much in it 😍 6mo
TrishB @Centique I woke up thinking about it - always a good sign! 6mo
laurenbescoby Sounds great! Might get a hold of this for my next read. X 6mo
squirrelbrain Sounds really good - thought I already had it stacked but I don‘t so.... 6mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain there‘s a few of us buddy reading it mid-August! Will we put your name in the pot ? And @laurenbescoby ? (edited) 6mo
TrishB @laurenbescoby it‘s really good and thought provoking. I can‘t wait to talk about it a bit more! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm That was quick! Glad you loved it. Looking forward to this. 6mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s only little 😁 6mo
batsy Glad to hear you loved it! I need to start. Soonish 😁 6mo
TrishB @batsy I had a day off yesterday and it was just calling me, like they do. 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It really is so good, and it definitely sticks with you. 6mo
Aimeesue SO good! Hurston was amazing. 6mo
squirrelbrain Put my name down @Cathythoughts - depends if the library has it...! 😘 6mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain your in 👍🏻 6mo
Caroline2 I loved this book too! 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Aimeesue definitely deserves the classic tag 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it was a great read 👍🏻 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts will be some great discussions 👍🏻 6mo
laurenbescoby @Cathythoughts don't think I can get myself a copy in time, but when I do I'll add my thoughts 😊 6mo
Cathythoughts @laurenbescoby perfect 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
BrownGirlReading Love this edition! 6mo
TrishB @BrownGirlReading it‘s a lovely copy 💕 5mo
BrownGirlReading @TrishB O was tempted to buy it in Paris at Shakespeare & Co. I think the next time I go there O‘m going to buy it. It will make a wonderful addition to my book collection. 5mo
LeahBergen I still need to read this one! 5mo
TrishB @LeahBergen I think you‘ll love this 💕 5mo
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TrishB
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Started this morning and I‘m loving it ❤️ would have normally finished as it‘s only little, but fighting a migraine thats slowing me down!

TrishB The migraine is also obviously responsible for upside down pics. 6mo
collegecatlady I love that cover! 6mo
DGRachel Oh no! I hope the migraine breaks soon. I love this book so much. 6mo
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KarenUK Oh no! Feel better💕 6mo
Cinfhen Ugh 😑 sorry about the migraine 🤕hope it goes away real quick 6mo
Butterfinger Hope you feel better soon. 6mo
Cathythoughts Migraines are awful...I hope it‘s a short lived one 6mo
Victoria_Clyne Feel better 6mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, hope you feel better soon 😘 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Boo to migraine! Hope it goes away quickly. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a lovely cover btw. I‘ll start this after I finished my current read. 6mo
DivineDiana Feel better. ❤️ 6mo
litenthusiast This is one of my favorite books! I'm so sorry you have a migraine, I hope it goes away quickly. 💜 6mo
Jas16 Hope you are migraine free quickly 6mo
Balibee146 Hope you feel better soon 😘😘 6mo
saresmoore Boo. Feel better! ♥️ 6mo
Tanisha_A Fell better soonly soon! ❤️ 6mo
Lizpixie I know how you feel! The #litsymigraineclub gets bigger every day🤕 6mo
Kalalalatja Hope you feel better soon! 6mo
batsy I hope you're feeling much better ❤️ And that edition is lovely! 6mo
JennyM Feel better soon 😘 6mo
CarolynM Hope you're feeling better💐 6mo
laurenbescoby Big hugs and hope you feel better soon! Xx 6mo
TrishB @laurenbescoby thank you 💜 6mo
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Cathythoughts
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I‘m wondering how ye are fixed for starting this one ? We can start , or wait till mid - August.... thoughts buddy readers ?
@erzascarletbookgasm
@batsy
@TrishB
@youneverarrived
@Crazeedi
And all welcome ofcorse ♥️👍🏻

Crazeedi I'm doing 2 in August already, it would have to be later in month for me. Thank you for including me 6mo
batsy Thanks for the tag, Cathy. I'm ok with starting whenever is best for all. The middle of the month is totally fine by me :) 6mo
Caroline2 Ohhhh I loved this book! 👍🏻 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Cathy. Anytime this month is fine with me..whatever works for the majority. 😊 6mo
TrishB I‘m ready whenever, I‘ll just make it my next book whenever everyone starts 👍🏻 6mo
youneverarrived I‘m fine to start whenever ♥️ 6mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi @batsy @Caroline2 ( a reread ? 😊, just being friendly, unless ... ) @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB @youneverarrived OK , lets say mid-August & as it‘s a very casual read , we can post up our reviews & tag each other as we go ... really looking forward to this one ♥️ 6mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 6mo
eraderneely That is a stunning cover! 6mo
Cathythoughts @eraderneely isn‘t it !! ✨✨✨ 6mo
Crazeedi @Cathythoughts sounds good, I'll watch for heads up to start! 6mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi 👍🏻 ok. I‘ll start mid - August & put up a post 😉 6mo
TrishB It just jumped off the shelf at me 😁 I have a day at home tomorrow on my own and this book decided it needed to keep me company! I‘ll join in the conversation when everyone gets started later and post casually! 6mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB look forward to your review! Just jumped off the shelf.... it‘s meant to be so 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
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SW-T
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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My third time reading this one and still loved it!

#reread

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Cathythoughts
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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My morning coffee just got very interesting, when I checked the post ... some lovely Litten has sent me this book ♥️... who is it ?? So very kind, please tell me who you are 🙏🏻

Cathythoughts I stacked this recently when I listened to an interview with Sarah Winman & this is one of her favourite books ... 7mo
Caroline2 Ohh I loved this book!!! 😯 7mo
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 that‘s good to hear 👍🏻I‘m looking forward to it 7mo
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batsy How lovely! I have this TBR as well. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🙋‍♀️ That was rather quick, just 5 days! There should be another one in the mail these few days. 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm ahhhh Jessie !! This is too much , you are way too good ♥️. Thankyou ! What a great surprise... I‘m looking forward to reading this one. What a beautiful cover too . Thankyou X X X , Cathy. 7mo
Centique This is such a fascinating read. Love to hear what you think of it! And also you one day @batsy 😊if the TBR doesn‘t topple first! 📚📚📚 7mo
Cathythoughts @Centique I stacked it because Sarah Winman loves it so much & I love her .. and now I have it .. books leading to books @batsy I know it‘s going to be good 👍🏻. @erzascarletbookgasm thankyou my little book fairy 😘 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve heard great things about this book @Centique , Cathy! I have a copy on my tbr too. Maybe we could do a casual buddy read sometime Cathy, @batsy 😄 7mo
youneverarrived Ah how nice ♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy yes! I was only thinking the same thing ... a casual buddy read ! Let‘s do that ...... 😍 7mo
Crazeedi Read this in college 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy sometime that suits everyone ♥️📚 7mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I'm in! Anytime from August onward will be great ❤️ 7mo
TrishB I have this too, may geg in on your buddy read!( that‘s scouse for invite yourself to something!) 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB your in !! Delighted your joining us 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy we have a Liverpool Litten joining us , I think you know her 🤣 (edited) 7mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi did you like it then ?? Any chance you‘d fancy a reread ???! ! 7mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 Cathy just got this one for #99ponkindle 7mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks.. I‘m on my way to purchase 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm this is going to be a brilliant buddy read 🙏🏻 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yassss! August sounds fine 👌 Cathy, @TrishB @batsy 💃 💃 💃 💃 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ll make a note in my diary & remind us all then 👍🏻 7mo
batsy @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB Yay! I'm looking forward 🎉📚🎉 7mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived have you read it ? Will you join us ? 7mo
TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻 @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy 7mo
Crazeedi @Cathythoughts it was very different, my first exposure to the author. Let me know if you do a buddy read, depending I may join in 7mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi We are starting in August I‘ll tag you 👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
youneverarrived Yeah I‘ll join if that‘s ok 😘 been one I‘ve wanted to read for ages. 7mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived perfect ! I‘ll remind us all starting in August 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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Literaturenut
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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#JulyTBR

A friend gifted me Their Eyes Were Watching God and I‘ve been waiting read it for a while. I‘m most looking forward to it.

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DGRachel
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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1 - tagged. I did not enjoy this in high school, but had to reread it in college & LOVED it.
2 - peach
3 - Good Omens - SO GOOD! I made it last three days, but I need more. 😢
4 - Does Snuffalupagus count? He was imaginary when I watched Sesame Street, but I saw an article where they were worried about they were teaching kids that they wouldn't be believed if they told about abuse, so they finally made him “real“ in the 80's
#friyayintro

LibrarianJen I think to us he counts! Besides all Sesame Street characters are imaginary since it‘s not real. 8mo
DGRachel @LibrarianJen Good point. 😆 Although my inner child is protesting loudly at being told Sesame Street isn‘t real at all. 8mo
LibrarianJen 🤣🤣🤣 I know, right! 8mo
xicanti Snuffalupagus is the best! I was totally obsessed with him when I was little, and he led me into a lifelong love of mammoths because they look like him. 8mo
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MayaB1226
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Yes, I can draw faces sometimes! 😂 This is a comic I drew based on the books I‘ve read in my high school English classes. All the characters are specifically meant to be children—Janie‘s panel is from the second chapter of Their Eyes Were Watching God, before she becomes an adult, and Pammy Buchanan is Tom and Daisy‘s daughter.

Sometimes the best part of classic literature is poking fun at it! 😂

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 8mo
JohannaRose Welcome to litsy!! 😊📚 8mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 8mo
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Leannr
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Dawn sunshine and a beautiful cover.

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This edition of this brilliant book has both an introduction and afterword that added my understanding of the importance in American writing of a black woman's life in relation to society and 3 very different men. Janie tells her strory through telling her friend and as alice Walker stood up in a lecture to say " women did not have to speak when men thought they should, that they would choose when and where they wish to speak... "

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hjreviews
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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⭐️5/5
This classic novel by and about women blew me away. After getting use to the use of dialect, I was absorbed into the story, following the main character as she tried to find and understand love in a world made against her.

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My book club chose this as their #classic for this year. I‘m very excited to read this for the 1st time. I‘m an English major; how was this never an assigned read??

hwheaties I‘ve taught it several times to my high school juniors! It‘s so good. 9mo
Readergrrl It is a wonderful book. Might I suggest listening to the Audible version with Ruby Dee narrating? It was a superb performance!!! 9mo
Peaceful_Reader Hmmm- I ❤️ Ruby Dee so I just might have to do that as well!! Thanks for the suggestion. 9mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Our #bookclub loved it! I was pleasantly surprised because I feared that many would find it too challenging with the dialect. This is one of those books that I'll never do justice to in a small review space like this one. It simply is an American classic. One of self discovery, love, and struggle. 🌳

lynneamch We just read this for bookclub, too, and had such a great discussion. You are so right! Also, found out more about the author. What an amazing woman so far ahead of her time and so underappreciated then. 9mo
Chelsea.Poole @lynneamch I agree, she was ahead of her time! I just happened to watch the film adaptation yesterday and it was fabulous. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it. It retained the feel of the book; many book to movie adaptations don't, in my mind, but this one did! 9mo
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hissingpotatoes
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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If I were judging the story alone, it'd be 4/4.5⭐. But the flawless writing bumps it up to an indisputable 5.

For anyone studying the craft of writing, this book is a perfect specimen. Hurston often includes such detailed micro-descriptions of scenes that in theory are unnecessary but add SO MUCH to the story's experience, tone, & meaning. She gives life to inanimate objects that pull the reader in & hold on tight.

Cont'd in comments #blackathon

hissingpotatoes Janie's journey to self-discovery of her own happiness is an absolute joy to follow her on, plus the way she starts to spread it in the end to Phoeby. That theme of female self-discovery & empowerment reminds me strongly of Jane Eyre.

This book is so powerful & genre-breaking. I highly recommend text versions with forewords/afterwords that discuss its context.
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hissingpotatoes
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Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. 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. #blackathon

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hissingpotatoes
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And in only a few sentences, this book manages to be a better romance than many entire romance novels. Not to mention showing Janie's increasing empowerment. #blackathon