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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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This review is about a book called "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston. If you wanted to now the genre of this book is a Western Romance type. If you like stories about the past in slavery time you will love this book. This book cons...
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This review is about a book called "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston. If you wanted to now the genre of this book is a Western Romance type. If you like stories about the past in slavery time you will love this book. This book consists of many people since the setting is in the town of Eatonville in Florida. Main characters of the book consist of Janie, Jody Starks, and a young man by the name of Tea Cake. Supporting characters in the story are Nanny Crawford, Johnny Taylor, Pheoby Watson and Dr. Simmons. In more depth Janie is a really complex character in this book. She is beautiful, very intelligent, and powerful. Throughout this whole story she tries to find who and what she really is and fights through all of the obstacles and finds out that she is a powerful black women that doesn't need a man to support her. Another main character in this book is young sweet talking Tea Cake who is Janie's longest lover. Tea Cake plays a huge roll in this story. He teaches Janie many things and plays a crucial role in her development. He is a strong well rounded character with only great morals. This guy is the best guy out of the other two, first husband Logan Killicks and Jody Starks her second husband. In this story the setting is really significant because it is based in Florida a little bit after slavery has been abolished. Because of this there are many African-Americans who are just like Janie and Tea Cake trying to find a home and where they fit in life. The major conflict for the most part is that Janie can not stay with a man for her entire life and trying to figure out ultimately who she is. During the course of this story she is with three different guys. She leaves two of them and something happens to the other that I won't exactly tell what. One thing that is very special about this book is the dialect between characters. Throughout the whole story the characters don't speak proper english, they still have a sense of not being educated when they speak, but it sort of gives the book a good aspect and makes it more realistic. In this book there is a lot of conversations and dialect it's the majority of the book. You don't tend to get inside to the thoughts of characters. The point of view in this book is first person told from Janie's views. I'm a high school baseball player type of guy and I really honestly could say that I was pretty interested in this book. Even though it wouldn't be a book I regularly read. It took me for a ride through the life of Janie from childhood growing up to her late forties. There were thrills and excitement to starting a new town of only colored folks to disappointment and tragedy at the end of the book. All in all it was a thumbs up. A great read!!!!!

posted by rb924life on March 29, 2009

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12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's 'acclaimed' 1

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's 'acclaimed' 1937 book is considered a 'staple' of the Harlem Renaissance. However,
Their Eyes, as we shall call it for short, it perhaps one of the most dreadful books written by mankind. Once reading, one asks himself,...
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's 'acclaimed' 1937 book is considered a 'staple' of the Harlem Renaissance. However,
Their Eyes, as we shall call it for short, it perhaps one of the most dreadful books written by mankind. Once reading, one asks himself, why 
hasn't mankind just given up on writing books?  Their Eyes tells the story of a black chick, who's something like like a third white and has
white people hair, who marries three dudes (at different times, calm down) and does some crazy shizzle.  Her first husband doesn't fulfill
granny's promise, and makes her till a field with a donkey, so he can sit on his drinking sweet tea. Consequently, another black dude comes
to town, and after barely handing him a glass of sweet tea, she's off and married him (no divorce?) and heading to god only knows where.
So this dude, named Jodie, develops a town called Eatonville, FL (FL being both Florida's abbreviation, and being symbolic because it is
ForLosers).  Here comes the big shocker. He doesn't fulfill his promise and makes her work.  Here, ol' Zora makes the point that her hair
is in a hair tie (one will come quickly to know that these people must be hair worshipers, and a barbershop must be a shrine to them),
which is supposed to signify oppression, but its actually just tied up hair.  Anyways, in the middle of this, Zora goes on a trip of some kind
(rearrange the letters of DSL and you'll know) , and writes about another donkey walking around the town biting children. It dies, so the town
has a funeral for it, and a big group of talking cult vultures come and hop all over it until one tells that that it is food.  Skipping ahead, hubby
#2 ceases, and she runs off with some tramp named Tea Cake (making her a cougar now).  Apparently Tea Cake is a cute name, so I will
name my child hard tac so the think she's cute in the Army. Anyways, first night after being married (this time she doesn't need a divorce,
since #2 is dead, although she wouldn't have had one anyways {technically still married to #1 though}), he steals her 'hidden' $200 and
loses all but $15 bucks worth, and the next night, abandons her again, winning $315.  She loves him even more although he disappears
without explanation their first two nights.  Next, they move to the everglades to go 'work in the muck', although they are living in a house, I
dunno.  Tea Cake goes off wrestling in the mud with a chunkie girl named Lunkie (this is fo shizzle), and says she just took 'his tickets'.  This
is reminiscent of the movie 'Young Frankenstein' when the cute blonde chick asks the scientist if he wants to 'roll in the hay', as she literally
is in a wagon filled with hay, rolling in it.  So after much time, there is a hurricane. So now, Zora has another trip, and as everything floods,
for so reason, they must save themselves from drowning (not the weird part).  So, naturally, as any loving husband would do in a developed
town during a hurricane, he fights a rapid dog off a cow's back so they can save themselves.  He gets rabies, and goes insane.  He gets a
gun, tries to shoot Janie, she wips out a shotgun from her mysterious invisible cartoon pocket, and kills him. They try her for murder, the
white people give her an acquittal, and she throws a huge funeral.  Then, she goes back to Eatonville wearing overalls and a hair tie, again,
an unfortunate cowgirl outfit makes her seem oppressed. The people there gossip, she goes to her bedroom where she used to fool around
with #2, and thinks about #3, Tea Cake, and is finally happy.

Moral of the story? First: No guy will EVER like this book. Second: If you are a half black, half white girl in 1900's Florida, never wear a hairtie,
and remember, you only find true love when you are a cougar and your third-named-after-a-pastry-husband gets rabies from trying to float down
a river on a cow.

If this is your high school/college reading assignment, you have my pity, may the force be with you. 

posted by petersnoopy on March 28, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's 'acclaimed' 1

    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston's 'acclaimed' 1937 book is considered a 'staple' of the Harlem Renaissance. However,
    Their Eyes, as we shall call it for short, it perhaps one of the most dreadful books written by mankind. Once reading, one asks himself, why 
    hasn't mankind just given up on writing books?  Their Eyes tells the story of a black chick, who's something like like a third white and has
    white people hair, who marries three dudes (at different times, calm down) and does some crazy shizzle.  Her first husband doesn't fulfill
    granny's promise, and makes her till a field with a donkey, so he can sit on his drinking sweet tea. Consequently, another black dude comes
    to town, and after barely handing him a glass of sweet tea, she's off and married him (no divorce?) and heading to god only knows where.
    So this dude, named Jodie, develops a town called Eatonville, FL (FL being both Florida's abbreviation, and being symbolic because it is
    ForLosers).  Here comes the big shocker. He doesn't fulfill his promise and makes her work.  Here, ol' Zora makes the point that her hair
    is in a hair tie (one will come quickly to know that these people must be hair worshipers, and a barbershop must be a shrine to them),
    which is supposed to signify oppression, but its actually just tied up hair.  Anyways, in the middle of this, Zora goes on a trip of some kind
    (rearrange the letters of DSL and you'll know) , and writes about another donkey walking around the town biting children. It dies, so the town
    has a funeral for it, and a big group of talking cult vultures come and hop all over it until one tells that that it is food.  Skipping ahead, hubby
    #2 ceases, and she runs off with some tramp named Tea Cake (making her a cougar now).  Apparently Tea Cake is a cute name, so I will
    name my child hard tac so the think she's cute in the Army. Anyways, first night after being married (this time she doesn't need a divorce,
    since #2 is dead, although she wouldn't have had one anyways {technically still married to #1 though}), he steals her 'hidden' $200 and
    loses all but $15 bucks worth, and the next night, abandons her again, winning $315.  She loves him even more although he disappears
    without explanation their first two nights.  Next, they move to the everglades to go 'work in the muck', although they are living in a house, I
    dunno.  Tea Cake goes off wrestling in the mud with a chunkie girl named Lunkie (this is fo shizzle), and says she just took 'his tickets'.  This
    is reminiscent of the movie 'Young Frankenstein' when the cute blonde chick asks the scientist if he wants to 'roll in the hay', as she literally
    is in a wagon filled with hay, rolling in it.  So after much time, there is a hurricane. So now, Zora has another trip, and as everything floods,
    for so reason, they must save themselves from drowning (not the weird part).  So, naturally, as any loving husband would do in a developed
    town during a hurricane, he fights a rapid dog off a cow's back so they can save themselves.  He gets rabies, and goes insane.  He gets a
    gun, tries to shoot Janie, she wips out a shotgun from her mysterious invisible cartoon pocket, and kills him. They try her for murder, the
    white people give her an acquittal, and she throws a huge funeral.  Then, she goes back to Eatonville wearing overalls and a hair tie, again,
    an unfortunate cowgirl outfit makes her seem oppressed. The people there gossip, she goes to her bedroom where she used to fool around
    with #2, and thinks about #3, Tea Cake, and is finally happy.

    Moral of the story? First: No guy will EVER like this book. Second: If you are a half black, half white girl in 1900's Florida, never wear a hairtie,
    and remember, you only find true love when you are a cougar and your third-named-after-a-pastry-husband gets rabies from trying to float down
    a river on a cow.

    If this is your high school/college reading assignment, you have my pity, may the force be with you. 

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Do not buy. Very boring.

    Rent it from the library. It is about Janie and her search of love. The plot is very boring and dry. Janie ends up where she started but with a different viewpoint on life. Nothing special. The colloqiual speech makes it very annoying to read. The whole story is a flashback and a boring one at that. This story is about love but has no hint of romance. If you are really intrested, just watch the movie. I repeat do NOT buy.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2007

    Now I see...

    Now I see why early writers hated this book and it needed to be 'rediscovered' by Alice Walker. The writing is painfully done (I needed to look up what a 'jook' was 'jukebox,' and you couldn't figure it out by context clues either.) and some of the scenes are absolutely cringe worthy. for example a 'romantic' scene where the main character's boyfriend, Tea Cake, scratches the dandruff out of her hair. Not recommended.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    absolutly horrible

    this book was terrible. it was all about gossip and a girl who couldnt make up her mind. i was unfortunatly required to read it for english and hated every bit of it.

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Yuck

    Thanks to all the plot spoilers i know this is a terrible book and wont waste my time or money on such an obvious racist book.

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Can't understand the language!

    I had to read this book for summer reading for my English class. It was a horrible book. The language is not understandable at all. I really do not recommed it at all. It's a horrible book, and the audio did not help at all. It's extremely-slow moving. Barnes&Noble is great, but this audio was horrible. NOT RECOMMENDED

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    my parents made me read this. I contemplated suicide.... tried i

    my parents made me read this. I contemplated suicide.... tried it, but im still here because this took all the necessary brain cells out of my head required to kill one's self.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    The book was horrible because you couldn't understand it, and like someone said who wrote a review it was all about gossip. I'd bet that a person who spoke like how the dialogue is written wouldn't understand it ! Try reading this book for a school grade ! This was the most horrible book I've ever read !!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Quite Terrible

    This was an awful book that I was forced to read in high school, along with many other awful books. I suppose we read it because it meets a few requirements for books that are assigned to high school students: the characters speak in a way that is annoying and painful to read, it is a "classic" (whatever that means), and it's so boring that they know they can ask specific questions on reading quizes that prove that you just read the sparknotes version out of desperation. I suppose I warmed up to the book after 3 weeks of being forced to analyse its plot, theme, syntax, etc., and I acknowledged that it had literary merit during my final essay on it (at the risk of a failing grade). In short, when you're assigned this book, know that eventually it will end, and just write and repeat whatever your English teacher/professor wants to hear.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Poop

    This book sucks!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    To pervert

    You are one sick person

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Their eyes were watching God

    I woluld love to read this. Will someone be willing to loan me fhe book? Thanks.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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