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Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston
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Jul 07, 2012

did not like it
Read from May 27 to June 13, 2012

This is what I said 60 pages in: Just started Dust Tracks, and it feels more like autobiography than memoir. Not used to that. Maya Angelou said Hurston embellished and lied in this book, but I love the folklore so far. Love her style.
But now, having finished, I was shocked by Hurston's total disregard for plot and reader. This was one of the worst books I've ever read. The draft (was this book even edited?) disintegrated into fragments of Hurston's attempts at humor. And she's not funny. Plus, Hurston lies about her age by TEN years, making all of her emphasis on being young and naive at 14 and 15 (which was really 24 and 25) seem really strange. Why would a person lie about something that is public record? And by ten years?
Hurston's short work and novels are worth it. But this one is not.

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