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Brought up Mar 2, 2012

A Woman Ahead Of Her Time

Last week, a friend of mine sent me a book. The friend was 'reading' this book on CD, and thought I would like it. Like? I just finished it, and believe me, like isn't even close. I can't remember the last time a book made me think and feel so many things at once.

The book is called Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. It is the story of a woman's search for love, and her search for herself and her place in the world. the story is told by the woman to a friend on returning home. I really don't want to give to much of the story away, as I think every woman can relate to Janie's story. Zora was a woman ahead of her time, and she expresses that through a character also ahead of her time.

What really blows me away is that the book was published in 1937. Ms. Hurston was ahead of her time. 1937!! Before the 'end' of segregation, before all the turmoil and changes of the 1960s, this wonderful writer captured so much in 193 pages. The language is a little difficult at first, but lets face it writing dialect and speech is difficult. Once you adiust to it, how ever, Janie's story speaks to the searching soul, male or female. The characters are richly illustrated in a way I can only dream of writing. They breathe and become so vividly real on the page. I feel humbled by such talent. My writing is so mediocre in my eyes after reading Zora's work.

Ms. Hurston may have published her book 35 years before I was born, and died almost 3 years before I was born, but I feel her words speaking to me. I am not black, and I did not grow up the way Janie did, but I see myself in her story. I have a new favorite author. I can not wait to read more of what Zora had to share. Thanks, Punk, for introducing me to her.

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