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Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Dust tracks on a Road review

    Growing up as a unique entity in a nineteenth century, dominantly African American town, Zora Neale Hurston was given more than enough material to write her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road. Originally published in 1942 by J.B. Lippincott, Inc. This insight into Hurston¿s mind stretches the imagination and allows the reader to grow along with her in the novel, making her life very relatable although it may be set in a distant, seemingly unfamiliar world. The relationships Hurston presents and her interpretation of people and situations makes this charming novel easy to follow yet intriguing enough to push the mind to a depth of simple beauty. The history and culture of Eatonville, Florida, the town in which Hurston was born and raised, is very different than most of nineteenth century established towns in that it was founded and run by the free slave people of the south. This creates a sense of pride for her race, despite that many of the people she crossed were less than admirable. Because her town was dominated by one race, Hurston was compelled to explore different cultural atmospheres, leading to her migration. Zora knew she was different from others in the realization that her childhood was not the same as a person of similar circumstances. Although she may have the same kind of family, friends and schooling as other girls of her time, Hurston¿s mind was unique as it slowed down the fast pace of life to take pleasure in the smaller things while exploring and discovering worlds beyond her own. The descriptions may be conceived as confusing and unnecessary, but the intricate details showcase Hurston¿s extent of creativity at a young age. Hurston personifies many emotions and describes her relationship with them to show how she created relationships with these intangible forces that shaped her soul. No matter what circumstance, Hurston never ran from whatever emotion engulfed her being she bonded with each feeling or idea in order to grow from and use it to better herself and learn more about her place in the world. In struggling to become an accomplished writer and establish herself in the literary world, Hurston uses her past experiences to go beyond the boundaries of her culturally and socially stagnant hometown. The writing style is unique in that it parallels complex ideas and emotions with simple descriptions that make her mind frame easier to understand. ¿I have been in Sorrow¿s kitchen and liked out all the pots.¿ The writing style is extremely creative and descriptive. It goes beyond just the average and mundane use of verbs and adjectives but uses dramatic diction to create a better understanding of Hurston¿s point of view. The voice is confident in understanding her life as she looks back on it, comprehending fully her vulnerability and the extent of her growth from her childhood. This piece of work highlights the struggle in growth for a minority woman while demonstrating rhetoric that goes beyond the mundane. Though it may not be the most exciting and dramatic autobiography, the simplicity of the work that is translated through an artistic voice makes it is easy to appreciate if you understand the beauty in taking pleasure in the small things in life.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    a ABSOLUTE read.

    The colloquial of Ms. Hurston gives me a chill and attracts my 70s spirit like nothing else I've read. I found myself laughing out loud on the train, at home alone or while walking (yes, i was walking and reading) just at her ability to phrase her emotions in ways so imaginative, only she would have been able to do so. Wonderful story of a wonderful woman.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    scattered but the central idea is good

    the writing was jumpy, she tends to jump from one anecdote to the other without explanation. the book is unrelatable to. just when you are about to give up you get to the last five chapters and then the appendix, which are a redemption. it seems like she was holding back. she doesnt elaborate on events that happened, in fear of who knows what. if your going to attempt to tell it, then tell it all.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2002

    Lacking Character Development and Plot

    Dust Tracks on a Road lacks the character development needed to give a reader the ability to relate to the book and stay interested in it. Not only are there few, if any, main characters besides Zora Neale Hurston herself, but even her character is underdeveloped. This, along with the wandering and almost non-existent plot, leaves little to be interested in. Some of this might be due to the fact that parts of the book were taken out by Hurston's editor.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    witty, fantastic, yet boring book

    This book could have been more interesting if it were shorter. I wasted my time reading thousands of pages..while I could have been doing some other important things.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    Lacking Plot and Organization

    This book could have been written in twenty pages and would then be more enjoyable to the reader. Her life lacks the major events by which most of us define ourselfs by. She also leaves out major events that were taking place during her time and would have impacted her, like World War I.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    Gym one

    Clame it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

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    Posted April 20, 2014

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