Thursday, December 10, 2009

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

NOTE: This is a classic.

Grade: A


Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person-- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.


Character Development: 10/10 (whoa)
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 7/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 59/70

Obtained: Bought on

Age Appropriate? PG-13

Cussing: Frequently throughout.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some drinking and drunkenness. A limited amount of smoking.
Sexual Content: Some erotic moments and implied sexual content.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Illness, madness, domestic violence.


This is probably one of the best books I have had to read for school. Seriously, if you have the choice, read Their Eyes Were Watching God. Though it is the reason my life has been on hold for a week (hence the lack of posts...) it was completely worthwhile.

In order to enjoy this story, you really have to cage up the grammar freak within you. You have to kick the perfect-diction nerd out of your mind and let the rolling Southern tongue capture your heart and paint the perfect pictures in your head. Hurston effortlessly bleeds thoughts into narration, poetry into storytelling, and symbolism into everyday life. She tells the story of an independent woman who is caged in by those who think they know best for her. I can see why it's a classic. I mean, who can't identify with that?

Janie's story is touching and extremely enthralling. Her practical yet passionate voice easily captures the audience. The story itself may seem a little boring, but when combined with Zora Neale Hurston's masterful storytelling, a plethora of universal themes, crafty symbolism, and Janie's lovable character, a very memorable novel is born. Read it.


  1. Really? This was one of my least favorite books for school.


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