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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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Aug 30, 12

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what i said to brian is a good capsule review, i think:

i have read that preeminent black writers of hurston's generation like richard wright scorned this book as something that would be palatable to white people, angered that it didn't push the political agenda, and that makes me sad because that means they missed what you and i get out of this book: the universality of human experience, which is couched in black american culture but surpasses that. that porch is an example of hurston's love for her people and their traditions and folklore, but janie is a great big burgeoning heart that belongs to all of us. i will always love hurston for this book, this gift.
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