Zora Neale Hurston

– Their Eyes Were Watching God –

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(the lady in the middle is the author, Zora Neale Hurston)

I came across the book when I was in the church-turned classroom place within university, I came across the book-shelf filled with books near the reception, you only have to pay two pounds to the church to have the books. This was one of them, I could not remember the reason why I paid two pound to the church, but I had this feeling the book was calling out to me. “Read me!” It cried as I took it.

It was a story about Janine on her life, began with she ended up in arranged marriage with an older man as her grandma wanted to make sure someone would look out for Janine when she died, but she ran off with a man call Joe to make a new life as she wasn’t happy with the life she got. She had a nice life with Joe, but Joe’s neglect on her over work had left her feeling unsatisfied, the feeling was intensified when Joe began to stop her from doing various things. Eventually she told Joe about her feelings, before he passed away and she left the town with a man nicknamed Tea Cake. Life with Tea Cake was a bliss in some ways, yet there were also issues to solve between the two of them. Tea Cake in character was a risk-taker, which sometimes Janine was annoyed with. Eventually Janine decided to head home and tell her friend Phoebe her tale, after Tea Cake passed away.

The book was full of essence of liberty, Janine part from the beginning, had very much exercised the awareness of her own liberty &the actual liberty. From decided to free herself from all kinds of social bondage, to able to make her own choices and enjoy her life to the full. I guess for feminism, the actual aim of all the aims feminism have or had, was for women to exercise the same amount of liberty and freedom like men, without being questioned at all.

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Literature on Black people

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d83NnlL83mc (The Colour Purple)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evgj1hvnqSs (Their Eyes were Watching God)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXkbwlzbbno (Go tell it on the mountain)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgvaukhoXHQ (Native Son)

Lately I have found myself reading few novels associated with people in ethnic minorities, especially black people’s. I guess after realizing how little amounts of novels on ethnic minorities I read, and so it goes – I felt a sense of responsibility to diverse my reading…

My first encounter with novels on black people was at the time when I got an e-mail from Vintage Publisher, telling me that I wrote some wonderful book reviews and would love to reward me six books. After days of consideration, I included “Native Son” into the list of books I requested – for free!

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(Native Son; As I Lay Dying; The Sound and The Fury; Darkness at Noon; The Trial and Night at the Circus)

“Native Son” was a very explosive book if you ask me, it was about a young man got a job to work in a white household. However under a fatal accident he killed a woman and since then have been stuck under many trouble, eventually he was to be in trial and many of the problems being questioned along with such incident. Throughout the novel, there was a sense of oppressed anger within – which reminded me of “stop and search” I learnt in sociology lessons, many people were more likely to be stopped and searched based on their race and appearance. Despite how racism was being taken seriously, problem remains.

The second time I encountered literature on black people was through my partner and his habit of collecting second-hand books, novels; history or archaeological matters, “Go Tell It To the Mountain” was among his collections. I began reading it after finishing my dissertation – I was very much out of life when writing dissertation, reading was almost a painful job for me thanks to it. Out of randomness, I began to read the book while my man yet got round to it. The novel was interesting to be honest, I felt as if watching a family drama on television, where everyone seemed to have secrets behind their backs such as the main character’s secret hatred to his father.

Currently reading Zora Neale Hurston’s “The eyes were watching God”, will talk about it later on when have time, hopefully once it finished, will be nice to start Alice Walker’s “The Colour Purple”…I have heard it was an amazing novel, we will have to wait and see.