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Their Eyes Were Watching God LP by Zora Neale Hurston
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Jan 21, 11

bookshelves: general-fiction, banned-books, classics, library, 2011, booklist-1001
Read from January 15 to 19, 2011

I read this book as part of a Banned Book Challenge that I am taking part in this year and I really enjoyed it.

Starting the book, I found it took a few pages to get used to the contrast in the dialogue (written in the dialect spoken by the blacks of Africa and the Caribbean) and the narrative, which was beautifully written and poetic at times.

This story is about Janey, a strong, young black girl living in Florida in the 1930's and her struggles with life and love. It's easy for me to see why this book is so highly regarded.
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Quotes Jennifer Liked

Zora Neale Hurston
“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“When God had made The Man, he made him out of stuff that sung all the time and glittered all over. Some angels got jealous and chopped him into millions of pieces, but still he glittered and hummed. So they beat him down to nothing but sparks but each little spark had a shine and a song. So they covered each one over with mud. And the lonesomeness in the sparks make them hunt for one another.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“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.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“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, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“She's got those big black eyes with plenty shiny white in them that makes them shine like brand new money and she knows what God gave women eyelashes for, too. Her hair is not what you might call straight. It's negro hair, but it's got a kind of white flavor. Like the piece of string out of a ham. It's not ham at all, but it's been around ham and got the flavor.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she grabbed up to drape her dreams over. In a way she turned her back upon the image where it lay and looked further. She had no more blossomy openings dusting pollen over her man, neither any glistening young fruit where the petals used to be. She found that she had a host of thoughts she had never expressed to him, and numerous emotions she had never let Jody know about. Things packed up and put away in parts of her heart where he could never find them. She was saving up feelings for some man she had never seen. She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
“Maybe if she had known some other way to try, she might have made his face different. But what the other way could be, she had no idea.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God


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