But to dismiss it completely would be a pity because, for all the creaks of its plotting, this is quite a watchable account of political in-fighting.
Common Reader Contemporary Reviews The following selected reviews of Hurston's work aim to represent how her major works were received at the time of publication. Along with a list of reviews, we also provide selected excerpts from the reviews themselves.
As the site develops, we will also provide reviews and review excerpts regarding Hurston's less well known works as well. Jonah's Gourd Vine, novel. Hurston "has authentic talent of a high quality and ought to go far with the start she has made.
Many people do not read dialect, and this is the only reason I can think of that will stop Jonah's Gourd Vine from being popular.
Jonah's Gourd Vine "presents openly the greatest problem of the Negro in all its universality: Unlike the dialect in most novels about the American Negro, this does not seem to be merely the speech of white men with the spelling distorted.
Its essence lies rather in the rhythm and balance of the sentences, in the warm artlessness of the phrasing. Not the least charm of the book, however, is its language: From the rolling and dignified rhythms of John's last sermon to the humorous aptness of such a word as "shickalacked," to express the noise and motion of a locomotive, there will be much in it to delight the reader.
It is hoped that Miss Hurston will give us other novels in the same colorful idiom. But she writes as a Negro whose intelligence is firmly in the saddle, who recognizes the value of an objective style in writing, and who is able to use the wealth of material available to her with detachment and with a full grasp of its dramatic qualities.
John, the hero, has a folk quality, a superhuman strength, beauty, eloquence, and generosity that make him irresistible to all the other characters, particularly to the women.
Certain faults in construction, certain telescopings of years and events do not matter, if the book is read thus as an abundant fairy tale. May 6,Mary White Ovington, v. The Crisis, JuneAndrew Burris, v. The defects of Miss Hurston's novel become the more glaring when her work is placed bedside that of contemporary white authors of similar books about their own people—such as the first half of Fielding Burke's novel of North Carolina hillbillies, Call Home the Heart, or two novels of Arkansas mountaineers, Mountain Born by Emmet Gowen and Woods Colt by T.
The first two names are, like Miss Hurston's, first novels, and we feel that it is not asking too much of her to expect that in writing novels about her own people she give us work of equal merit to these.
Lest this criticism of Jonah's Gourd Vine seem too severe, let us add that there is much about the book that is fine and distinctive, and enjoyable.
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Zora Hurston has assembled between the pages of the book a rich store of folklore. She has captured the lusciousness and beauty of the Negro dialect as have few others. These factors give the book an earthiness, a distinctly racial flavor, a somewhat primitive beauty which makes its defects the more regrettable.FLASH SALE: Get up to 30% OFF the New York Pass!
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