Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

This classic American novel is about Janie, an African-American woman raised by her grandmother, a former slave, in Florida. All Janie wanted from life was love. It's about her journey through three marriages to live according to her beliefs and not according to what others wanted for her or demanded from her.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story of love. Of feminism. And a subtle hint of inter-race relations.

The difficult part of reading this book was the dialect. The vernacular speech of Hurston's characters made for slow reading, but once I got the hang of it, I was reading more smoothly. It would probably have been easier to listen to the book instead of reading it. 

Hurston's prose is beautifully written. Very insightful and inspiring. Here's one of my favorite passages:

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.

If you like to read classic literature and you haven't read this book yet, add it to your list.

Next month - Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.
 

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