Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

A Novel

Book - 1990 | 1st Perennial Library ed
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Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930's, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.
Publisher: New York : Perennial Library, 1990
Edition: 1st Perennial Library ed
ISBN: 9780060916503
0060916508
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: xiv, 207 p. ; 21 cm

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“Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, wom... Read More »


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 22, 2020

So glad I went back and read this classic. Such a unique look at power dynamics re: gender and race during that point in time...and such lovely language and use of vernacular. Also: Ruby Dee reads the audio and is spectacular!

JCLMaggieS Sep 15, 2020

*Fangirling about Zora Neale-Hurston*

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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

219 pages

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arrol
Aug 02, 2020

A.J. Fikry

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jpedone21
Jun 12, 2020

Their Eyes Were Watching God is an amazing novel and a must-read! The author, Zora Hurston, does an amazing job of conveying the evolution of the main character Jane as she begins to understand what she truly desires in her life partner and herself. This novel is an amazing read, however, it does take a high level of comprehension skills. The narration is very colloquial and informal, and most of the characters use condensed versions of words, therefore readers must actually sound out some of the conversations. Thus, I rated this novel a 4 out of 5, and not a 5 out of 5, because of the very important lessons in this coming of age novel. However, I deducted one star because the plot is hard to follow at some points because of the language used.

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maryebarr
Feb 23, 2020

Oh my goodness, I don't know where to begin. This author's writing is beautiful and descriptive. The raw reality made it difficult to read at times. The strength and honesty of the main character is inspiring. I read this novel for my Well Read Mom's book club or may never have picked it up. Definitely worth the read.

LPL_ShirleyB Sep 26, 2019

I'm gratefully savoring this classic! Poetic prose in Southern dialect from a colorful community of characters that I can visualize and feel.

Grace

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abbi_g
Dec 26, 2018

I felt compelled to read Their Eyes Were Watching God after reading Glory Edim's, Well-Read Black Girl anthology. I can relate to the main character, Janie on a spiritual level, specifically her quest to live life on her own terms. In her case, she did this during an era in American society when it was very unpopular for a woman to exercise any form of independence or autonomy. Nonetheless, I'm so glad that I finally read this classic novel! I believe that novels represent a piece of their authors, so I'd like to imagine that Janie is a reflection of her creator, Zora Neale Hurston; and if she is, then Zora would've definitely been a friend of mine.

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LaNomada01
Dec 13, 2018

A story that was almost lost to time. This novel about first love and becoming true to ones self - is the subject of many scholarly discussions. It is on the reading list of many High School Curriculum, and is a wonderful love story to come out of the Harlem Renaissance. One of the most unique aspects of this book - is the dialect in which it is written. The southern cadence, with which the main character Janie, narrates the whole novel in is beautiful and rhythmic.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone younger than 16-17 though. Simply because in it are themes - that normally one wouldn't understand until older - or that you might just need a little more experience to read. If you find yourself reading this book - and don't get all the hype - I would definitely suggest giving it another chance in a year or two. It might change your perspective - I know that's what happened with me - a year ago I would have given this book a frustrated 2 stars and an angry comment.

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Lienhoatn
Apr 10, 2020

“She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” (25)

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Lienhoatn
Apr 10, 2020

“Because I hate the way his head is so long one way and so flat on the sides and that pound of fat back on his neck.”
“He never made his own head. You talk so silly.”
“I don’t care who made it, I don’t like the job.”
(24)

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Lienhoatn
Apr 10, 2020

“Cause you told me I was going to love him, and, I don’t. Maybe if somebody was to tell me how, I could do it.” (23)

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jessejanmartin
Dec 20, 2019

One of the best books ever

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abbi_g
Dec 26, 2018

Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves.

britprincess1ajax 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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