I am about to read Their Eyes Were Watching God in my English class. I was wondering if this book is interesting and a page turner?
The first reason you'll like Their Eyes Were Watching God is because it reads fairly quickly, despite the colloquialisms and black southern dialect. It's a story that moves. Second, you'll enjoy this story because it has interesting characters who do interesting and unexpected things, as alluded to above. Finally, you'll enjoy this story because it's just so not typical of life today or even of writing today, though it certainly does echo a few similar authors. It's true that girls may appreciate it more than boys, it's still a good read--though I'm not sure I'd tackle it in ninth grade. Happy reading!
There are several elements of the novel that make Their Eyes a page turner. The plot, particularly the hurricane and the final scene with Tea Cake, are most certainly worthy of the "page turner" moniker. The humor expressed throughout the novel is as well, particularly some of the one-liners as the characters are bantering back and forth and the hilarious scenes of the destruction of the diner and the eulogy Joe Starks gives for Matt Boner's mule while he stands atop of the dead mule. But, most importantly, it is the lyricism of the language as described in the previous answer, that makes it most worthy of such a label.
As the predecessor of Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston's use of the word disremember will ring a bell when you read Morrison's "Beloved." And, as a precusor to many books that have affirmed women's assertion of self, this novel is an essential.
But, above all, the beauty of the figurative narrative prose is something that will, indeed, affect you. For, there are passages that are sheer poetry. Unique, avant-garde, and captivating, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" should be in everyone's reading canon.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of my all-time favorite books. The book is VERY interesting; in particular, it is interesting to watch the characters' growth over the course of the novel.
I will say that this book is difficult to read at first because it is written in rural Southern African-American dialect, which means many of the words are spelled as they are spoken in the south. This can be confusing at first, but if you read out loud to yourself and re-read (three times, if needed!) the sections that are difficult, you should be fine. About 1/3 of the way into the book you won't even notice the dialect anymore!
Yes, it is a page-turner. I think that if you stick with it you will really grow to love the characters and appreciate the book! Keep going even if it gets hard--just ask for lots of help from your teacher and tutors!