It’s been approximately 4 months since my last recent reads and I have to say that I think I’ve done quite a good job at keeping up with my literature though I’m never going to surpass my 140 books from last year at the rate I am going. I am currently at 48 out of the 100, which means I’m only 5 behind so if I just find some more graphic novels (my expertise right now) I think I could finally catch up!
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Hurston
When Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams, who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds …
I hadn’t heard of this book before I saw that Crash Course was coming out with their second Literature Series hosted by John Green and this book was the first on the list. A 2.5 stars from me, but I do understand how important it is as a novel. The story was quite interesting at the beginning, but I felt like it was repetitive as it followed the years of Janie’s life and her 3 husbands. I appreciated the plot of Janie finally gaining her independence as a woman and learning about her family’s history as slaves was insightful.
The vernacular was what threw me off, and I can’t really criticize the book for that aspect because it was just being true to the characters in the novel. It just made the book harder and slower to get through. It’s interesting to see the contrast between Hurston’s voice as a narrator and the voices she gives to her characters. Below is the literature episode discussing this novel.