Deep sigh of awe and anguish. Zora Neale Hurston chose the most luminous words to string together with her Master's hands into a necklace worn with grace and transcendent power by Ruby Dee. I didn't think it was possible to improve on these words, but hearing them spoken with such fierce, gravelly surrender byRuby Dee took my experience of re-reading my favorite book to a whole new level. My hope is that by now you've abandoned this review and are halfway through the first chapter.... If not, get on it!
The story of growing up in Florida during slavery and after slavery. Life for black women were tough and freedom from slavery of all kinds. The three marriage reveal the struggle for freedom and respect from bondage of all types relationships. True love is hard to achieve but can be found through persistence and struggle.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story! The author really captures the reader with vivid and descriptive settings, dialects to match the time period and a wonderful story that shows that it's never too late for love and a little true love can last a life time. I've read this book multiple times and loved hearing the talented Ruby D. narrate.
i found the teling of this story to be so delightful. hurston's gorgeous use of metaphor and flowing prose breathe such soul into this work. ruby dee brings the writing to life as she is so adept at voicing the mundane inflections and dialect of the times making me feel i was right in florida with janie and her goings on... i thoroughly enjoyed it.
This story is stunning in its beauty and pathos. The reader is masterful in her ability to portray the different characters. I will be watching for other books from this brilliant author.
This is at the TOP of my list of favorite books! It has truly enriched my soul and opened my mind. I am so glad to have read it!