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Their Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

published in 

first published in 1937


✔ Available to borrow

219 pages

published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics

published in New York, NY

owned in Printed Book format

I first heard of Zora Neale Hurston as a minor character in the history of progressive anthropology that Nell Irvin Painter outlines in the-history-of-white-people. Then I stumbled across this book on a stoop on the south side of W89th street between Columbus and Central Park West (I really should write about how much I love stooping).

This book was joyful, funny, and painful to read. It moved quickly but seemed to stretch time lengthwise. It feels modern in its sensibilities, a coming and going of age story. Definitely recommend if you enjoy fiction.

Rough notes

  • It's pretty interesting how start the language of the narrator is from the characters. The narrator sounds like a Harvard poet scientist, and the characters take a few pages to pick up their country cadence as its transcribed.
  • Iconic lines at the end of chapter 5. "Her first dream dead, she became a woman."


Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 75th Anniversary Edition. New York, NY: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2013. Printed Book.

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