Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Toni Morrison calls this author “One of the greatest writers of our time.” Oprah Winfrey says “My favourite love story of all time.” And Alice Walker  “There is no book more important to me than this one… it speaks to me as no novel, past or present, has ever done.”

I say just read it! Poetic, powerful, magic and at times heartbreaking, in its apparently simple explanations of love, life and the humanness of us all. Much of this book is written in black inflected dialect and though it may take some getting used to you shouldn’t allow it to put you off reading this masterpiece of writing. If by chance you are interested in “black women’s writing” it is an absolute must read – even 75 years after it was written! Highly recommended.  Posted by Hastings Library Bookchat

First published 1937, our edition 1986. 

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Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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