Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God masterfully immerses the reader into a told-story. Their Eyes Were Watching God is not read by the reader. It is heard. With this approach, Hurston expresses masterly the story of Janie, a woman who searches for identity.
By employing an oral-tradition writing style, Hurston, who died destitute in 1961 and practically forgotten up until the 1970s, is now recognized properly as one of America’s most important authors.
The PBS Great American Reads television series is featuring 100 of America’s favorite titles and this title is a contender.
Their Eyes Were Watching God deserves it own PBS series: Great American Musts. Read this 1937 classic and share how Janie’s life was told to you this Tuesday.
I’ll be discussing Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God 6:30 pm, Oct. 2 at San Marco Books & More, Jacksonville, Florida. You can also tune into NPR WJCT’ 89.9 FM First Coast Connect Book Club at 9:30 am, Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Looking forward to our discussions in town, at the beach, on air and online.
Please RSVP if you plan on joining the discussion at the bookstore!