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Last month I read 14 books between #blackathon and #contemporaryathon, including many 4 and 5 star reads. Check out my reviews! https://youtu.be/dzuHRfVVpf0

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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If I were judging the story alone, it'd be 4/4.5⭐. But the flawless writing bumps it up to an indisputable 5.

For anyone studying the craft of writing, this book is a perfect specimen. Hurston often includes such detailed micro-descriptions of scenes that in theory are unnecessary but add SO MUCH to the story's experience, tone, & meaning. She gives life to inanimate objects that pull the reader in & hold on tight.

Cont'd in comments #blackathon

hissingpotatoes Janie's journey to self-discovery of her own happiness is an absolute joy to follow her on, plus the way she starts to spread it in the end to Phoeby. That theme of female self-discovery & empowerment reminds me strongly of Jane Eyre.

This book is so powerful & genre-breaking. I highly recommend text versions with forewords/afterwords that discuss its context.
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hissingpotatoes
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Then you must tell 'em dat love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone dat's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore. #blackathon

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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And in only a few sentences, this book manages to be a better romance than many entire romance novels. Not to mention showing Janie's increasing empowerment. #blackathon

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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I fell completely into this almost over the top, flawless description of an approaching hurricane. #blackathon

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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She knew that God tore down the old world every evening and built a new one by sun-up. It was wonderful to see it take form with the sun and emerge from the gray dust of its making. The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off. She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie's first dream was dead, so she became a woman. #blackathon

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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There is a basin in the mind where words float around on thought and thought on sound and sight. Then there is a depth of thought untouched by words, and deeper still a gulf of formless feelings untouched by thought. #blackathon

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun & the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace & the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom & frothing with delight. #blackathon

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4/5⭐ This story is told in a combo of typical narrative but mostly a heavy dose of folktale epic. Don't expect much in the way of character growth, because that's not the purpose of the book. However, the gorgeous writing & dense worldbuilding carried me through & still made me invest in the characters. I loved the mythic hyperbole & how well balanced it was to seem absurd at times but still make sense in the context of the story. #blackathon

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It is the stale breath of Death on his open and vulnerable neck that immortalizes the hero, that lends a fireside story its luster.

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