Jonah's Gourd Vine

Jonah's Gourd Vine[Reading] ➿ Jonah's Gourd Vine Author Zora Neale Hurston – Jonah’s Gourd Vine | Zora Neale Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston’s first novel originally published in tells the story of John Buddy Pearson “a living exultation” of a young man Jonah’s Gourd Vine | Zora Neale Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston’s first novel originally published in tells the story of John Buddy Pearson “a living exultation” of a young man who loves too many women for his own goodLucy his Jonah's Gourd ePUB ô long suffering wife is his true love but there’s also Mehaley and Big ‘Oman as well as the scheming Hattie who conjures hoodoo spells to ensure his attentions Jonah's Gourd Vine Oxford Reference Jonah's Gourd Vine uick Reference When publisher Bertram Lippincott read Zora Neale Hurston's short story “The Gilded Six Bits” in Story magazine in August he wrote to inuire whether she was working on a novel She was and by early October she sent him the manuscript of Jonah's Gourd Vine It was published the following May Loosely based on the lives of Hurston's parents Jonah Jonah's Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston Jonah's Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide Jonah's Gourd Vine A Novel PS SILOPUB Jonah’s Gourd Vine is a glorious paean to the power of the word an attestation to the promise made in Langston Hughes’s famous essay “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark skinned selves without fear or shame If white people are pleased we are glad If they are not it doesn’t matter We know Jonah's Gourd VinePage eBook online read Jonah's Gourd Vine Who I have chosen my bosom friend That sops in the dish with me shall betray me” I want to draw a parable I see Jesus Leaving heben with all of His grandeur Dis robin’ Hisself of His matchless honor Yielding up de scepter of revolvin’ worlds Clothing Hisself in de garment of humanity Coming into de world to rescue His friends Two thousand years have went by on Jonah’s Gourd Vine – You Are Leaders Jonah’s Gourd Vine Posted by Anna Renee on Image via Wikipedia First published I love the Book of Jonah in the Bible I love how Jonah was so self indulgent yet God was so patient with him As we know Jonah did not want to prophesy to the people of Nineveh as God had commanded him so he rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord After Jonah's Gourd Vine eBook WorldCatorg Get this from a library Jonah's Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston Jonah's Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston's first novel originally published in tells the story of John Buddy Pearson a living exultation of a young man who loves too many women for his own Jonah's Gourd Vine Book WorldCatorg Jonah's Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library Create lists bibliographies and reviews or Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you Advanced Search Find a Library Jonah's Gourd Vine PS couk Zora Jonah's Gourd Vine Zora Neale Hurston's first novel originally published in tells the story of John Buddy Pearson a living exultation of a young man who loves too many women for his own goodLucy his long suffering wife is his true love but there's also Mehaley and Big 'Oman as well as the scheming Hattie who conjures hoodoo spells to ensure his attentions Jonahs Gourd Vine by Hurston Abebooks. This is Hurston’s first novel and it is amazing A young man John Buddy Pearson a ‘yallar’ man as he is often called because of his white parentage is big strong handsome and charismatic gifts which are an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time This story traces John's life from his teenage years on It begins in the Reconstruction era when things have changed and they haven’t at the the same time Then there are some things about the human heart which never change and are colorblind John is his mother's favorite but rejected by her husband the man who raised him as a bastard It is only the first of many situations where John is loved and hated simultaneously sometimes for his own doings sometimes for circumstances beyond his control It continues to follow John through his marriage to the unforgettable Lucy of the irresistible eyes which made me think of St Lucy who was also known for her eyes I believe the title refers to the seeming arbitrariness of things such as the vine which grew up to shelter Jonah which he came to love and then lost when it was cut down 'But God said to Jonah “Do you have a right to be angry over the gourd plant?” Jonah answered “I have a right to be angry—angry enough to die” Then the LORD said “You are concerned over the gourd plant which cost you no effort and which you did not grow; it came up in one night and in one night it perished And should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh in which there are than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left not to mention all the animals?” The dialect takes some getting used to but there is this incredible Glossary at the end which translates some of the best collouialisms I was reading them to my daughter last night on the phone Some you might guess at but others she agreed with me you would never know without this aide This would be one book to hear in audio if you get the chance A real treat of a book This is an astonishing book full of richness and sorrow and grace as life is I need to read Hurston particularly her autobiography I appreciated Henry Louis Gates's Afterword here I grew up in Florida and rode the train through Sanford the setting of much of this book a number of times a few decades after this was written and I recognized from my memory glimpses of how the world there used to be Hurston has a distinctive narrative style that passes years sometimes with just the change of a paragraph and I haven't decided whether that's a flaw or a feature but in the end I think the book must just be what it is and we are privileged to experience it “So Jonah went out of the city and sat on the east side of the city and there made him a booth and sat under it in the shadow till he might see what would become of the city And the Lord God prepared a gourd and made it to come up over Jonah that it might be a shadow over his head to deliver him from his grief So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day and it smote the gourd that it withered” Jonah 45 7It’s late in the 19th century in the southern US not long after Reconstruction and John Buddy is an energetic boy with an uncertain heritage He flees country life with his struggling family and heads over the hill to the plantation of Alf Pearson who had owned John’s mother as a slave He takes the name John Pearson and his situation improves but it won’t be the last time John runs away Throughout the story John struggles with criticism from just about everyone with his wife’s interminable wisdom and strength with his passion for other women and with his inability to face difficult emotionsGod gives him a gourd vine and then he goes and let’s a worm eat it The characters of John and his wife Lucy are supposedly based on Hurston’s parents and they read as beautiful but realistic tributesIt’s impossible for me to overstate how much I adore Hurston’s writing Her characters feel so authentic and recognizable and whether she is writing in their voices “Ahm goin’ tuh run you so hard ‘til they can’t tell yo’ run down shoe from yo’ wore out sock”and “Dey’s some strings on our harp fuh us tuh play on and sing all tuh ourselves”or her own narrative voice “John strode across infinity where God sat upon his throne and looked off towards immensity and burning worlds dropped from his teeth The sky beneath John’s tread crackled and flashed eternal lightning and thunder rolled without ceasing in his wake”and “By that time the sun was washing herself in the bloody sea and splashing her bedclothes in red and purple”the words burst with poetry and sensuality and I just can’t get enough of themFor anyone who loved Their Eyes Were Watching God as I did this first novel of hers is almost as good and highly recommended “God was grumbling his thunder and playing the zig zag lightning thru his fingers”That's how Zora's first novel opens up Pretty catchy if you ask me Her writing in this book is sold I think I'm still convinced she has a separate voice from other authors You can tell this is a first novel though I thought the first couple of chapters were slow but they pick up later You can also tell this book is about her parents well a fictitious version of themI wouldn't recommend this to first time readers of Zora though Go with her popular novel Their Eyes Were Watching God or go with her non fiction I'm still on a mission to read ALL her books The first novel by the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God the story of a young man growing up to adulthood but never fully reconciling himselfBook Review Jonah's Gourd Vine is just as good as Their Eyes Were Watching God but is a smaller focused story While reading this wonderful novel I felt as if I was sitting on the front steps listening to the wisest woman on the block weave her stories of people she'd known long ago staying up till late at night because I never wanted the words to end As with Zadie Smith's writing the characters come alive and the reader becomes fully invested as if the people we meet are relatives or next door neighbors In this book from 1934 Hurston says about feminism race in America women and men class and poverty than any book written this year She writes without self pity and without defeat Black people in Jonah's Gourd Vine are not less incomplete victimized or somehow deprived versions of whites They are whole strong determined living full lives and confronting the world as they find it Hurston is fully aware and writes of their reality but for her white people are just another fact of life like the weather nature fortune and misfortune She has no time for hating or railing against the ineuality she recognizes Her characters are strong intelligent self contained they persevere determined to carve their lives out of the wilderness They are just as happy and realized as others; perhaps so This is a beautifully written book poetry oozing between the words lucky I get to see that world through other people's eyes I'd never have known this was a first novel it was so complete and rewarding Only occasionally did I have the feeling that Hurston's field studies were being uoted at too great a length but at the same time I enjoyed the idea of getting to see the results of her sociological and anthropological research But don't forget that this is literature with a fascinating readable surface but with many thoughts and messages underneath Readers could endlessly discuss what forces drive Lucy and John the names of Hurston's parents the role of religion the strength and sorority of the women the reality of hoodoo in the book relations between classes and races Jonah's Gourd Vine is as deep as the reader is willing to go the Foreword by Rita Dove and Afterword by Henry Louis Gates Jr are both well worth reading after you've read the novel you'll find they encapsulate many of your own ideas The book was also a call to action for me I want to 1 learn about Zora Neale Hurston's biography she was forgotten for decades until Alice Walker published an article about her in 1975; 2 read her other two novels; 3 find of her short stories I read Sweat it was brilliant This little review only scratches the surface For me Hurston is now a must read 4★ Hurston's first novel published in 1934 is a fictionalized account of the lives of her parents set in the post Reconstruction South to the years that followed the First World War The title refers to the Biblical prophet who cared about the death of the gourd vine that sheltered him from the sun than the people of the nearby town of Nineveh who were at risk of annihilation at the hand of GodJohn Crittenden is born out of wedlock in post Reconstruction Alabama to Amy who later marries Ned a sharecropper and embittered former slave who constantly butts heads with the strapping high yaller boy who isn't his own Weary of the abuse and threats of his stepfather John travels to a nearby farm to work and meets Lucy a younger girl who he falls in love with and ultimately marries However John is a strong and handsome man who is desired by many women and he takes full advantage of this to the detriment of his wives and young children The aftermath of one affair nearly lands him on a chain gang and he escapes to Florida where he eventually moves to Eatonville one of the first all black towns in the Deep South After working as a carpenter and sending for his family he eventually becomes a gifted preacher who is in high demand in neighboring towns However he has not lost his taste for the flesh despite his love of the Spirit and the problems that caused him to flee Alabama come to haunt him and his family in FloridaI enjoyed this debut effort by Hurston with its rich characters and compelling story and it was nearly as good as her second and famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston is a wonderful writer but I wonder if her talents were geared towards anthropology than fiction writing In Jonah’s Gourd Vine and in other works I have read by her events happen with a uick sentence time passes without a mention and the reader is forced to fill in the blanks Still her gift of dialog is superb I can hear these people talking to each other and through their voices I can see them clearly She makes clear the lesser of any evil—working for one white sharecropper or farmer over another and she makes her reader want autonomy as much as her characters Even if I was not poor and black I could understand the need to be in a city where you can be part of the legislative process Again still I want her to make clearer segues in both time and events Reading Zora Neale Hurston is like settling back into a comfortable armchair and listening to stories told by a favorite relative who happens to be a keen observer an insightful student of human nature in all its frailties and aspirations and an excellent mimic I felt totally immersed in this book as in Their Eyes Were Watching God and Hurston's stories though I didn't find it as finished as the other works The element of folklore in John's story added an almost Biblical resonance to what's essentially a simple tale of a gifted and flawed man Just wonderful book Zora Neale Hurston was a masterful storyteller Her work shines Jonah’s Gourd Vine is semi autobiographical in an odd way the author is a minor character and the main character is her father starting in his childhood and ending in his death The blurb says it’s about “the rise and fall of a powerful preacher torn between spirit and flesh in an all black town in Florida” which is sort of true but than half the book is about John growing upinto himself before he even gets to Florida and becomes a preacher The title is a reference to Jonah 46 10 The “gourd vine” shelters Jonah for a time until God takes it away to expose him to the harshness of the world There are many things that protect John in a similar way his physical strength that lets him get work easily good looks that endear people to him his status as a preacher that makes people look the other way on his sins his astute and loving first wife Lucy Ann Potts Zora Neale Hurston’s mother that works to help him even when he is unfaithful That struggle “between spirit and flesh” comes when these things are torn away And it’s not a struggle of choosing whether or not to be a preacher or anything like that instead “spirit” is “love” and “flesh” is “adultery”Zora Neale Hurston is the best descriptive author I know In her writing you can see hear smell taste everything She uses a lot of poetic language streams of impressions and a loose flowing structure but she also has a very light touch She doesn’t hammer in recurring metaphors and images she just lets them float It’s been a few years since I read Their Eyes Were Watching God but I think Hurston’s knowledge of folklore is even apparent in this novel She weaves in Christian and Pagan practices with folktales and myths so it feels like an homage to the world she grew up inIt’s an oddly structured book but a beautiful one

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  • 229 pages
  • Jonah's Gourd Vine
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • English
  • 06 September 2016
  • 9780060916510