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  •  Two things I've always liked about the novel-- (7+ / 0-)

    First is Janey's images of her men.  It encompasses who they are, who they really are--especially Tea Cake.  The imagery also reflects her growth.

    The second: watch who gets to talk and who has to hush.  The right to tell your own story is the ultimate freedom.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 03:27:57 AM PST

    •  I'll be reading a dozen essays on the book, (4+ / 0-)

      in the next fortnight, to prepare for my next book diary. I hope I can also find time to reread the book itself. If I do, I'll watch particularly for the images of Janie's men. I so enjoy Hurston's way with metaphor.

      I didn't notice the five act structure of Janie's growth until I'd finished: girlhood with grandma, outgrowing her successive men, final self-realization.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 10:30:30 AM PST

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