Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance
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A number of years ago I saw the movie adaption of Their Eyes Were Watching God starring Halle Berry. I remember feeling so gutted, so moved . I read the book and felt the same way. I should have read more by Zora Neale Hurston, but I never did. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to read this collection of her stories and I’m inspired to get to her other books. There’s quite a bit of explanation and literary criticism in the introduction, and while it seemed interesting and ...more
I had the pleasure of reading Zora Neale Hurston’s book, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick, earlier this week and it was so good. Tayari Jones’s Forward is fire! Her introduction to who Hurston was and why her works are so popular, really hyped up my interest. I’m going to recommend when you read this book, to take your time. Hurston is known for using the dialect of that time and it can throw you off if you’re not paying attention. Overall this ...more
Bookhearts, this review is difficult. How do you rate a new release by a deceased legendary author? A writer of remarkable classics. One ...more
This collection of stories is truthfully like nothing I have ever read before. I am glad to have had the chance to read this distinctly African American work, so thoroughly researched and brought together in this volume.
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book (particularly Sweat, feat. Sykes & Delia), though short stories are difficult for me, because just as I start to get into the characters and the rhythm, the story ends. I feel odd not glowing about this book because it's Hurston's work. Short story ...more
The editor's note and foreword were informative. I don't know much about Zora Neale Hurston. The introduction is good too (Yes, there are three ...more
These short stories all have some life meaning you’re suppose to figure out by the time you finished them. Some of the stories I enjoyed while others I didn’t. I think what kills short stories for me is when there is no cohesiveness between them, this rang loud and true with HASLWACS. Also, the author tends to voice her characters in the dialect of the times they’re written in so some people may ...more
Zola Neale Hurston é da tempo una delle mie scrittrici preferite e anche questa sua raccolta di storie non mi ha deluso. Ammetto la ...more
Last year, I finally read Their Eyes Were Watching God for the first time, and I've been interested in Zora Neale Hurston's other works ever since. That being said, the the release of Zora Neale Hurston's stories of the Harlem Renaissance came at a great time in Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick. This collection of stories were found and released (I believe for the first time) this year.
Genevieve West and Tayari Jones introduce these stories in such a way that really sets the ...more
But the publisher has collected about 20 shorts from Hurston's career. Some -- like "The Bone of Contention" and "Eatonville Anthology" -- share scenarios and even characters that you'll meet again in "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
Others -- like "Magnolia Flower" (which is told from the perspective of a river and is one of ...more
The stories are set Eastonville, Florida where Hurston grew up. It was an all-black town where African Americans could live as they desired, independent of white society.
Hurston is known for using the dialect of that time. If you are puzzled by a sentence, read it out loud and it often becomes clear.
What I enjoyed most about the stories (which do have varying literary quality because some of ...more
It is a collection of found and rare short stories mostly written in a 1920s African American slang style of writing for the characters who speak. This makes reading it a bit of a struggle, but it flows when you pick it up. At the same ...more
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Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic ...more