Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

This poetic, graceful love story, rooted in Black folk traditions and steeped in mythic realism, celebrates boldly and brilliantly African-American culture and heritage. And in a powerful, mesmerizing narrative, it pays quiet tribute to a Black woman who, though constricted by the times, still demanded to be heard.

Originally published in 1937 and long out of print, the book was reissued in 1975 and nearly three decades later Their Eyes Were Watching God is considered a seminal novel in American fiction.

Author: Zora Neale Hurston
Narrator: Ruby Dee
Duration: 6 hours and 44 minutes
Released: 26 Dec 2004
Publisher: Harper Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD is just one of the many books that have come into my life thanks to The Great American Read on PBS (2018), and Im ever so grateful. It took time to get used to the dialect. But I was comfortable by the end of the first chapter. I found Janies rhythm soothing because, even in the beginning, she speaks directly from her heart. Her honesty heightened my curiosity and awakened my own frustrations with womanhood. Janie is a role model thanks to her courage to find ways out of the “rocks and hard places” she ends up in, and the seemingly effortless way she shares the weight of the unpleasant. She refuses to be self-critical. Pure inspiration. Zora Neale Hurston wrote THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD in 1937, but its a timeless story that shows the delicate awakening of personal empowerment.