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  • Title: Dust Tracks on a Road
  • Author: Zora Neale Hurston
  • ISBN: 9780060965679
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • The imaginative and exuberant account of Hurston s rise from poverty in the rural South to becoming one of the leading intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance.
    Dust Tracks on a Road The imaginative and exuberant account of Hurston s rise from poverty in the rural South to becoming one of the leading intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance

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    1. There is something wonderful to behold just ahead Let s go see what it is Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a RoadI was a bit apprehensive about reading this book as I ve read about the tragedies Zora Neale Hurston experienced in her life This, however, turned out to be one of the most marvelous autobiographies I have ever read and inspirational than discouraging.I loved reading about Hurston s childhood she was such a precocious and inquisitive child who could easily have been stifled creativ [...]

    2. Oh the magic and mystery that was Zora Neale Hurston An indescribable childhood, deplorable kindred, a love life that was itself a puzzle In fact she does admit that her true love story with her second husband was somehow interwoven into her novel I tried to embalm all the tenderness of my passion for him in Their Eyes Were Watching God The first sentence of this memoir is a lyrical ambush Like the dead seeming, cold rocks, I have memories within that came out of the material that went to make m [...]

    3. Through reading this book one discovers much about Zora Neale Hurston s life and personality She was a short story writer, novelist author of Their Eyes Were Watching God , anthropologist and folklorist She lived from 1891 to 1960.This book was published in 1942, 18 years before her death A chronology listing the important events of her entire life is found at the book s end She died in poverty and was buried in an unmarked grave In 1973 author Alice Walker saw that a gravestone was installed wi [...]

    4. Dust Tracks On a Road, Zora Neale Hurston s autobiography, was published in 1942 This verbose but colorful book reads like a collection of short stories Hurston often poses questions that she proceeds to answer but not without excluding the reader from her thought process Sometimes by the end of the chapter the questions are still unanswered But for Hurston it seems just thinking through it was enough And so goes her autobiography.Hurston always had a fanciful way about herself We find out early [...]

    5. Zora Neale Hurston approaches this moving memoir like a master storyteller, with wonderfully lyrical prose that reminded me a lot of her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God Loved it.

    6. I cannot praise this book enough It s been years since I read anything written by Zora Neale Hurston, and I find myself once again amazed by the hugeness of her life What lyricism and spunk She was a vital woman and writer who truly lived in her time.Like many others, I liked her accounts of her childhood and teen years the best I am aware of why this book had stirred up so much controversy even among her most loyal readers, but I hope I am a little understanding than her critics Life can be ro [...]

    7. 2.5 starsI feel like Zora was a brilliant, indomitable woman who would have scared me out of my skin if I knew her I love Henry Louis Gates Jnr s afterword to the edition I read, which discusses the search for a voice in Hurston s work and contemporary black women writers related search for literary ancestors, of whom Zora may be claimed as oneI like her style when it remains concrete when she strays into abstractions, I start getting bored I was bewildered by the complex mixture of attitudes to [...]

    8. I read this book as part of a reading project I have undertaken with some other nerdy friends in which we read The Novel A Biography and some of the other texts referenced by Schmidt I recently re read Their Eyes Were Watching God and didn t love it as much as most other readers I read this soon thereafter, and I have to say I found it to be a much interesting read I understand that it was not received well critically even her number one fan, Alice Walker, apparently didn t care much for this b [...]

    9. I read somewhere a quote from Alice Walker that Zora Neale Hurston has a tendency to be exasperating I think applied to Dust Tracks on a Road that may be putting the matter lightly.Allegedly, the book is a memoir Hurston is coy about this at its start she says that after the success of her previous books her publisher asked her nearly had to force her to put onto paper the narrative of her own life I would say what we ended up with is rather the narrative of the life Hurston would ve liked to h [...]

    10. Light came to me when I realized that I did not have to consider any racial group as a whole God made them duck by duck and that was the only way I could see them I learned that skins were no measure of what was inside people So none of the Race clich meant anything any I began to laugh at both white and black who claimed special blessings on the basis of race Therefore I saw no curse in being black, nor no extra flavor by being white To me, this quote pretty much summarizes Zora s philosophy on [...]

    11. What is there to say that hasn t already been said She was a visionary She is still relevant Her work is still changing lives.

    12. It is very much situated in Hurston s internal life which is vivid and magical It is definitely a writer s story We get a distinct picture of the genesis of Hurston as a writer from a young child playing mostly by herself and inventing stories to an introverted youth who spent as much time as possible with her face in a book to an anthropologist who traveled to the American South and to the West Indies collecting the stories of others Hurston is first and foremost a story teller but one driven b [...]

    13. This book was beyond my expectations The visualization of the characters influences, were exceptional Overall, I loved how she found herselfLOVING ME

    14. Will add quotes when I reread For now, here are quotes from Written By Herself.I think this book is the best of all Hurston s works that I ve read, and shows her strengths as a writer and storytellerchokengtitik

      titikchokeng 36 In the classroom I got along splendidly The only difficulty was that I was rated as sassy I just had to talk back at established authority and that established authority hated backtalk worse than barbed wire pie My immediate teachers were enthusiastic about me It was t [...]

    15. Four years after writing Janie Mae s journey in Their Eyes, Zora Neale Hurston was persuaded by her editor, J B Lippincott, to write her autobiography The result was Dust Tracks on A Road, the partly fictionalized tale of a persona named Zora and her geographical, spiritual, and intellectual journey from Eatonville to New York and beyond Their Eyes and Dust Tracks contain pronounced similarities in themes and in plot, and a comparison illuminates Hurston s use of the journey motif A restless des [...]

    16. This is less a memoir and a stream of consciousness essay sort of thing I know nothing about Hurston, having previously only read Their Eyes Were Watching God and seen a TV play of sorts loosely based on her work The novel I read came under the category for me of excellent and that s why I don t like it well written but not a pleasant read Therefore I was curious to learn about her, and I did, in a way.The foreword and afterword, written by two different people, were curious in themselves Maya [...]

    17. Reading her autobiography made me wish I could have been friends with Zora Neale Hurston She knows how to tell a story, her sense of humor is wicked, and she seems absolutely fearless Her story begins with the town where she was born, and progresses, mostly chronologically, until about chapter 16 From chapter 16 on, the autobiography reads like a series of essays on her life, the times, things she has observed Her story is fascinating, and well worth the read I am going to include a bunch of quo [...]

    18. There s a lot of good stuff in here Hurston s early life as a wide eyed, scrappy little girl growing up into an intrepid young woman, hungry to know the world finding great music and great literature.And she sure does know her way around a turn of phrase Look at these gems I have been in Sorrow s kitchen and licked out all the pots To me, bitterness is the under arm odor of wishful weakness I never expect to have a greater thrill than that wire gave me You know the feeling when you found your fi [...]

    19. Dust Tracks on a Road is a wonderfully vivid, lively portrait of Zora Neal Hurston an autobiography that colorfully illustrates her spirit and voice Many times it feels as though you re sitting with her and she s telling you her story directly I ve never heard her voice, but I could hear it and her laughter while reading this There s movement in this portrait and mystery For each of the few glimpses you get of her fire and passion within the context of an experience, you have a dozen examples o [...]

    20. I have a serious girl crush on Zora Neale Hurston Her personality was a thing of beauty I think I smiled 90% of the time while reading this book I wish I could have met her, gone to a book signing or something, but she left me with some hope at the end of this book Maybe all of us who do not have the good fortune to meet, or meet again, in this world, will meet at a barbecue.

    21. I learned a lot about an author which I knew very little about My only previous exposure to her work was their eyes were watching god when I was in high school I need to look up of her works.

    22. I did not know then, as I know now, that people are prone to build a statue of the kind of person it pleases them to be And few people want to be forced to ask themselves, What if there is no me like my statue The thing to do is to grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear Zora Neale Hurston has the most perfect use of metaphors in this memoir The story of her childhood in the black community of Eatonville as well as her adolescence is indelible and incredibly evocative Her adult w [...]

    23. It made me realize how little I know about American history, especially the south But I am not sure if it is a shortcoming that I want to address I did enjoy this book though and I agree with most of her thoughts I was agog though about her romantic relationship and both his and her thoughts on what they wanted from a partner Very very old fashioned compared to most of her progressive views on other important subjects I liked how upbeat she was regardless of how was her life was going She was a [...]

    24. A beautiful, lyrical autobiography of one of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston Her way with words I have been in Sorrow s kitchen and licked out all the pots 227 , for example, shows her unparalleled ability to convey emotion without soliciting sympathy Her achievements, which many are unaware of, are many, and she was an amazing anthropologist as well as novelist one can easily see her training in both in everything she writes Her chapter My People My People is an observant treatise on ra [...]

    25. I don t feel like I just read a book I feel like I read a few stories and a couple of essays Very good very insightful It was difficult going into this book after being immersed in JK Rowling s world But I have so much to say about this book I wish I hadn t read the appendix thoughI enjoyed her language and her many anecdotes and things Some if it takes a minute to understand or digest I assume somethings are well hidden sarcasm or double talk but alas it s a good read anyway She gave me a lot t [...]

    26. I like this book best out of all the Hurston books I ve read, although I don t think it s the most popular one It tells the story of her very unusual and kind of tragic life what s most appealing to me about it are her memories of childhood My favorite part is where she describes a game she used to play with a doorknob, a cornhusk, her mom s company soap, a bucket, and various empty spools of thread the cornhusk was in love with the soap, but he kept refusing to commit, in part, she says, becaus [...]

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