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Johnah's Gourd Vine/Mules and Men/Their Eyes Were Watching God
Johnah's Gourd Vine/Mules and Men/Their Eyes Were Watching God Author:zora neale hurston This special Quality Paperback Books edition of three works by Zora Neale Hurston unites two superb novels and her groundbreaking treasury of black American folklore. Jonah's Gourd Vine, Hurston's first novel, is an insightful and remarkably assured story demonstrating that faith, tolerance, and good intentions cannot always resolve the conflic... more »t between the spiritual and the physical. Mules and Men vividly records the stories, songs, voodoo customs, and superstitions that form the oral tradition of blacks in the American South. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston's most acclaimed novel, tells the wrenching yet inspiring story of Janie Crawford, a black woman who refuses to live lost in sorrow, bitterness, fear or foolish romantic dreams. It is, Doris Grumbach wrote in the Saturday Review,"the finest black novel of its time" and "one of the finest of all time."
"Rereading Hurston, I am always struck by the density of intimate experience she cloaked in richly elaborated imagery," writes Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in his afterword. "It is this concern for the figurative capacity of black language, for what a character in Mules and Men calls "a hidden meaning, Jus'like de Bible...de inside meanin' of words,' that unites Hurston's anthropological studies with her fiction."« less