Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

After finishing The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, I wanted to read another novel. As I was leaving for my morning commute, I realized that I hadn’t picked my next read. I sifted through my piles of books and something made me stop at this one. In the interest of time, I grabbed it and headed out the door.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of a Janie, southern woman who discovers her true self over the course of three marriages. Even more compelling than the story line itself, were the many lessons that I thought could be applied to my own life.

I got off to a slow start with this book. It was difficult to read because the southern accents were being emphasized. However, the story was interesting so I stuck with it. I even found that I missed and had nearly forgotten many of the idioms that are used in the south because they aren’t used where I live now. Once I became familiar with the text, I was able to pick up the pace.

I adore the way this book highlights the value of a true friend, even if it’s only one. Janie’s friend shows us what it means to have someone that will not judge you but will challenge you on questionable decisions and who doesn’t expect you to apologize for being you.

As we watch the development of a love story that many would advise against, the chapters that precede this unfolding teach us that we make decisions based on previous experiences. This means that sometimes, no one understands the rationale behind your doings but you. And that’s okay.

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