“Waiting for the world to be made.”
Hurston’s beginning chapters started off with Janine current issue of her husband dying, and the flashback of how her life used to be. Janine thought of her bearing love to be a pear tree when she was younger, having the tree bloom with fruitful spirits and plenty of shade to secure her love and trust in a man. Her tree was then rot when she was forced to marry a man that she couldn’t find love in her heart to accept. Janine, still pitying herself for marrying a complete stranger because of the command of her Nanny wanted to love so much but couldn’t.
“You know honey, us colored folks is branches without roots and that makes things come round in queer ways.”
It is clear here that for centuries, Black women have been dealing with force and the baggage of doing things for others. In order for Janine to be on good terms with Nanny, the lady that practically raised her, she had to marry a man that she barely knew. Janine is still looking for her Pear tree love, that burning passion that she has for love, so bad until she is forcing herself to love a man that she doesn’t want to love.
How do you feel about the baggage and force that Janine has to deal with in these first chapters?
“Meeting the minds through the medium of literature.”
For the month of August, we will be reading and debriefing Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. This book has been said to synthesize the the identity of the Black women in the South in the early 20th century. Zora Neale Hurston was a phenomenal writer during the Harlem Renaissance era and her books are still best sellers throughout the United States. This month’s book is too not only get into the politics of self-identity of the Black women, but for males and females to understand the plight of self-control and struggle through the African American experience.
We will begin the discussion, right on this tab next Monday, August 12th on the first chapter. This gives participants to go out and get the book and begin to embark on Hurston’s craft!
Time is ticking! We aren’t getting any younger! Lets stay informed and read!!!!
The time has come to start our first book of the AfroMadu Summer Book Club! The forum now has its own tab! As we all know by now our book for the next two weeks is, Assata: An Autobiography. If you feel moved or shocked, by anything leave a comment in the comment box and be the match, to light the fire of discussion! Our first day will be focused on the Affirmation, which is the poem that precedes the first chapter. Tell me what you think the author is saying .How does that make you feel? Can you relate?
After today the page will be open forum for the book at any point or in its entirety.
Most importantly, THANK YOU ALL, without you guys there would be no club so get the reading and share the knowledge!!