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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Friday Quotes, August 21

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderShare the opening quote from the book.
The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's VoiceFind a quote from page 56.

Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest, or most intellectual books, they just use the one they are currently reading. This is the book I'm reading right now: 

Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Book Beginnings: 
Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.
Friday 56:
She snatched her head away from the spectacle and began muttering to herself. "They oughta be shamed uh theyselves! Teasin' dat poor brute beast lak they is! Done been worked tuh death; done had his disposition ruint wid mistreatment, and now they got tuh finish devilin"im tuh death. 
Book Ending:
She pulled in her horizon like a great fish net…So much of life in its meshes. She called in her soul to come and see.
Comments: I just finished this classic book yesterday. I listened to the audiobook which was a good choice because the book was written in the Southern vernacular of the 1930s. You see that in the quote from page 56. Read it out loud. It will help you understand what is being said. (Hint, the character is reacting to the teasing of a mule.) I had to listen to the ending three times. It was so exquisite. i didn't really include a long enough quote for you to understand it but I think it does draw the story to a nice ending.


15 comments:

  1. Beautiful writing. I haven't read (or listened to) this book, but I'll definitely add it to my TBR list.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

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  2. Pretty writing but I am not sure it is a book for me. Happy Friday!

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    1. Apparently the book was published in the 1930s and then went out-of-print. Toni Morrison rediscovered Hurston in 1975 and it hasn't been out of print since that time. It is a classic and i am quite glad i finally got around to reading it.

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  3. Ooh I've heard of this book but not read it yet. I like the fact that it's written in vernacular, even if it's hard to understand at times. I should really get into audiobooks as well, it's such a great way to read while doing other things! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  4. Not sure this is for me, but thanks so much for sharing.

    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

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  5. One of my favorite classics! I'd love to hear the audiobook production.

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    1. I think this book would be overwhelming if you tried to read it unless you did it out loud. The vernacular is very thick.

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  6. I love the beautiful beginning and ending but the dialect might defeat me. I don't care for it in books. My Friday memes this week come from What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris which has been on my TBR mountain for years. Happy reading!

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  7. I figured it might be a draft horse. The writing is superb.

    Here's my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/08/21/the-friday-56-74-the-inescapable/

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  8. I have been curious about this book for a while...it sounds inspirational and lovely. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  9. I read this book in high school though it feels like at least 100 years ago. I don't remember very much about it other than I enjoyed it. The writing is beautiful.

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  10. Looks like a beautiful read.
    Happy weekend!

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  11. Ooh, a classic I haven't had the pleasure of reading yet. Hope you are enjoying!

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  12. Great quotes! :D I love the way the author writes the speech like the character actually says it :) I think that always makes a good book x

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  13. It sounds like something I could get into. That last line is beautiful!

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