Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hurston, Zora Neale

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed
ISBN: 0061120065
Branch Call Number: FICTION HURSTON
Characteristics: xviii, 219, 16 p. ;,21 cm


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"Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person – no mean feat for a black woman in the 1930's in the black town of Eaton, Florida. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots. Hurst... Read More »

Both realistic and mythic, Hurston's beautiful story is about Janie Crawford, a Southern black woman in the 1930s whose travels from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence.

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.

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Mar 12, 2015
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Janie is just a girl looking for the perfect love. And she finds it after 20 years and two husbands have gone by. Now she can live the life she wants, the one that brings her the most joy.

I thought this book was very interesting, showing how life was back in the early generations after slavery ended, and what the black community was like. Janie's journey was well crafted, with plenty of stylistic elements to be found among the novel. The dialog was very authentic-feeling, though it did make the book much harder to read. Sad ending to the story but it leaves off with a note of hope for the future. All the characters played a part, some more than others, but they swirled around Janie, filling her life with feeling and emotions that were expressed in this book. Good read overall, and a good class read choice.

Sep 04, 2014
  • kimh454 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it. Was sad though.

Apr 30, 2014

Excellent book about the lives of African-Americans in early 20th-century Florida. Hurston's use of dialect and descriptive style really took me into that world of Junie and Tea Cake (rarely does a book transport me in such a way). Highly recommended!

Dec 09, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

As a white male, I don't have anything valuable to see about this except that it's a landmark in both African-American fiction and in feminist (or proto-feminist) literature. Foreword by Edwidge Danticat and afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

May 06, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Simple and poetic, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a beautifully written love story.

Aug 15, 2012
  • Rinve rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I didn't like this book -_- so no comment

Jun 14, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This 1937 black, feminist classic deserves to be read. It tells the story of a young woman finding her voice through three marriages and as part of the black community. Unfortunately, Hurston became very conservative later in her life.

Sep 24, 2011
  • rpawlick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The slang is challenging to read at first, but it gets easier the more you read. It is refreshing to read how a black woman depicts another black woman's thoughts and ideas and life at this time in history...who better to know. Amazing to realize this book was written in 7 weeks.

Aug 17, 2011
  • vitareader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It was groundbreaking for its time but the story still holds up in our time.The search for self and love is universal.
The language was a bit tough at first but once I got into it I found it lyrical. Hurston has such a way with words and description and she gives the skill to her characters.There is so much sorrow in their lives yet they make the everyday events into a tale of colour and vibrancy. I wanted to sit on the stoop and listen to them talk all day.
There is tragedy, poverty,racism (even among themselves) and death all mixed in with the indomitable will of one woman to do more than survive.
It is a small book but it is many layered and many should read it. Hurry up though the library only has one copy .

Mar 14, 2011
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The story follows the life of Janie Crawford, and how the impulsive decisions she makes influence the course of her life. Her beauty and light skin attract the interest of men, but also ignites their jealousy. Her looks are both an asset and a curse. Makes the reader question how physical appearance matters in society.

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