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The author of the book: Zora Neale Hurston
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: January 16th 1991
ISBN 13: 9780833570000
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This felt like a longer read than Zora's previous novels, but it was easier too. It's the story of Moses using elements from the Exodus and black folklore. I really liked the mix and it fit well. I'm actually reading the King James version of the Exodus at night as I read this book, feels like a good companion. I'll note that there are 40 chapters in this book and 40 chapters in Exodus, all intentional I think.
I'm kind of interested to find out the history of this book. Leaves me to wonder how people viewed this book. I liked this book because you don't have to be religious to enjoy this or get this either. I'm not sure Zora was even Christian. Some might be bothered seeing Moses as a black man, but for me it makes sense with how Zora writes the book.
I think out of all her novels, this one is the most integrating one. I urge people to give this one a chance too. You know, she didn't just write one novel...
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Read information about the authorZora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist and author. In 1925, shortly before entering Barnard College, Hurston became one of the leaders of the literary renaissance happening in Harlem, producing the short-lived literary magazine Fire!! along with Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. This literary movement became the center of the Harlem Renaissance.
Hurston applied her Barnard ethnographic training to document African American folklore in her critically acclaimed book Mules and Men along with fiction Their Eyes Were Watching God and dance, assembling a folk-based performance group that recreated her Southern tableau, with one performance on Broadway.
Hurston was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel to Haiti and conduct research on conjure in 1937. Her work was significant because she was able to break into the secret societies and expose their use of drugs to create the Vodun trance, also a subject of study for fellow dancer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham who was then at the University of Chicago.
In 1954 Hurston was unable to sell her fiction but was assigned by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the small-town murder trial of Ruby McCollum, the prosperous black wife of the local lottery racketeer, who had killed a racist white doctor.
Hurston also contributed to Woman in the Suwanee County Jail, a book by journalist and civil rights advocate William Bradford Huie.
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