Your heart will ache for Janie as she struggles through life and husband after husband and tragedy after tragedy. As a woman, I felt for her, wanted to reach through the pages and help her out, pull her to me and hug her. You'll feel the same way when you read it - Hurston makes sure of it. Excellent, *real* writing.
This is one of my all-time life favorites. It is very beautifully, and descriptively, written. I have written notes in the margins and underlined wonderful passages and shared them with my best friend, who did the same in my book when SHE read it -- This is a must read!
Don't judge this book by the movie. It did NOT do this book justice. It is more the WRITING that is wonderful rather than the story in itself, although the story is good. For example, something that sticks in my mind is when she described the passing of the year as something like this: It was a green time, then an orange time, and a white time and then a green time again.... written much more beautifully than I wrote it, but I remember that the words were so creative and descriptive. You could smell the scent of the dirt roads, and hear the hurricane's winds. Read it!
This book is one of the very best books that I have ever read. I first read it in high school. I still pick it up again every now and then just to read my favorite parts. If you saw the movie and didn't read the book - READ THE BOOK! The movie did not do this book justice at all. Hurston's writing is so poetic, so symbolic . . . A truly careful reader will savor every word of this wonderful masterpiece.
Powerful prose from a fantastic writer. I never bothered to see the movie because her descriptions created a vivid painting in my mind that no director could recreate. Historically, it's an important book, as well as a wonderful read.
I loved this book! It was written several decades ago but the author's voice is contemporary and very sensual. I could almost smell the flowers, feel the sunshine, etc. I'd like to read others by her.