Their Eyes Were Watching God / Edition 1

Their Eyes Were Watching God / Edition 1

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by Zora Neale Hurston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060931418

ISBN-13: 2900060931413

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

This novel about a proud, independent black woman was first published in 1937 and generally dismissed by reviewers. It was out of print for nearly 30 years when the University of Illinois Press reissued it in 1978, at which time it was instantly embraced by the literary establishment as one of the greatest works in the canon of African-American fiction.

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This novel about a proud, independent black woman was first published in 1937 and generally dismissed by reviewers. It was out of print for nearly 30 years when the University of Illinois Press reissued it in 1978, at which time it was instantly embraced by the literary establishment as one of the greatest works in the canon of African-American fiction.

Mesmerizing in its immediacy and haunting in its subtlety, Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford—fair-skinned, long-haired, dreamy woman—who comes of age expecting better treatment than what she gets from her three husbands and community. Then she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who captivates Janie's heart and spirit, and offers her the chance to relish life without being one man's mule or another man's adornment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900060931413
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Perennial Classics Series
Pages:
219

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Their Eyes Were Watching God 1
Note on Publication History 229

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Their Eyes Were Watching God (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Talysia More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most memorable books I think I've read so far. I was only around the age of 13 when my sister lended me the book, and 2 years later I'm still able to look back at the characters and the way it touched me.Some parts of the book were very challenging especially for my intellect at the time, but I would still reccomend this book to anyone who wants to learn about things in the past. I read it once and I'm looking forward to reading it again...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ships at a distances has every man wishing aboard. What a fantastic way to use imagery! Words that have stuck out in my mind for about 5 years. This book has many themes that people of all races can relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would just like to say this is one of the worst books i have every read;however i have to continue reading untill i'm completely finsihed because this book is for my english class. my advice is to stay away from this book. DEFINETY NOT A EASY READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most god awful book I've ever read. The submissiveness of Janie is disgusting, it is impossible for her to stand on her own two feet. This book is pointless, and it's only plot is a woman who keeps finding other men to run to after her marriages crumble as an escape route from her current town
Guest More than 1 year ago
Their Eyes.....was the best novel that I've read throughout highschool. I like the way Zora symbotically describes love and men throughout the novel to the ways of nature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, tells the story of Janie, a young black woman who is longing to find out who she is and gain her independence from the typical stereotype of women needing a man to protect them. At a more in depth view it’s easy to notice how complex of a character Janie is: she’s beautiful, powerful and very intelligent. This book has an array of main and supporting characters due to the changing locations; Tea Cake, Janie’s longest lasting relationship, is one of the main characters who plays a large role in Janie’s life. Tea Cake helps Janie realize who she is, and what she is capable of accomplishing; he is a strong, well-rounded character who has great moral development. The other main character is Jody Starks; although he makes his appearance before Tea Cake he plays no role in any of Janie’s character development. Out of Janie’s three husbands Tea Cake was the best, but her other two husbands were Jody Starks and Logan Killicks.  The setting of this story is really significant because it is based in Florida a little while after slavery had been abolished. Because of this there are several other characters that resemble Janie and her husband Tea Cake, all searching for a home and a place they can fit in to live their life. The dialect between the characters plays another large role in the book; throughout the entire story the characters don’t speak proper English, almost as if they weren’t educated, but it gives the book a sense of realism. As the story progresses, Janie becomes more outspoken and is able to express herself with assurance. The major turning point and the connection of the book’s title comes from when Janie, Tea Cake, and others are faced with a horrible hurricane. This part of the novel shows a significant theme of humans against God. During the hurricane there is a point where they are all helpless and no longer know what it is they should do. The whole concept of the book is God’s almighty power over all living things. God helps guide the people in the novel, especially Janie, on a path to self-betterment, knowledge, self-worth, and where their place is in the world. God must also assert hardships and allows Janie to fight against others’ perceptions, battle within herself and her thoughts, and eventually learn from all her experiences in order to become strong and independent. In the end, Janie has grown and overcome an amazing amount of barriers.  To many, the ending of the novel may seem quite sad and melancholy, but it is actually the best part of the novel. Janie loses Tea Cake to rabies from an infected dog during the hurricane, but in that we have seen that she is capable of being on her own and has finally found her place in the world. She learned of her strengths and is self-assured with her life; Janie has sacrificed all she needed to finally be able to understand the true meaning of life, God, and herself.  I recommend this book to anyone who just wants a good book to read; although some might be hesitant to read a book that has been called something along the lines of being not “serious fiction” and “ carries no theme, no message, no thought.” 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
UGH! I remember reading this in High School! It was AWFUL! My English teacher even hated it! She just read it because it was part of the curriculum. Don't read this! Janie is just an idiot looking for a guy to "love". I don't want to spoil part of the end, but it was dumb and her fault. Just saying. It's true
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Be sure to note that this is an abridged version of the text and not the complete work.
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