Their Eyes Were Watching GodBook - 2006
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Through a series of less-than-fulfilling romantic entanglements, she finds the courage to pursue her desires and defy any plan for her life that isn’t her own.
This enduring classic, which initially received negative reviews, tells the story of Janie and her 3 husbands as she grows from a voiceless teenager into a woman in control of her own destiny.
Originally published in 1937, this book has rightfully solidified itself as a great American Classic. However, it's easy to forget just how radical and ground breaking it was to publish a work in the late 1930's about a Black woman's coming of age, love, and self determination in the rural south.
Reread by Betsey: It's the first book that ever made me swoon and it continues to do so.
Hurston was an influential author of African-American literature, who portrayed racial struggles in the early 20th century American South.
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“She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” (25)
“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.”
“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)
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.
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