Out of print for decades, Hurston's works are again receiving the attention they deserve. Here is part of the Hurston legacy--six stories, and each one a gift to the listener, a celebration of the rich African-American culture. 2 cassettes.
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Zora Neale Hurston's THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD is taught in English classes across the country. This collection of stories would enrich and enhance any study of Hurston's work. They can also be listened to for their own pure joy. Renee Joshua-Porter has just the right smooth, flowing voice to do justice to these stories. Her dialogue sings and, indeed, when she actually does sing briefly, listeners experience an additional treat. In "The Conscience of the Court," a stirring story of an African-American woman falsely accused, Joshua-Porter edifies the rambling story Hurston writes so well. "Muttsy" gives listeners an insightful portrait of 1930's Harlem. This collection is a special treat. R.F.W. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Each of these stories is a finely faceted gem that takes place in a time gone by, yet they are as meaningful now as they were when Hurston (1901-60) first wrote them. "Drenched in Light" is a humorous but bittersweet account of a young black girl's desire to simply bask in her own uniqueness under the menacing eye of her disapproving grandmother. "The Conscience of the Court" is about the love and loyalty of a maid to her employer, a woman she has known since birth. It raises some interesting thoughts about the complex, unequal relationships between rich and poor, black and white in the Old South. A young man's desire to see the world that beckons beyond his small hamlet and fulfill his father's dream is the theme of the tragic "John Redding Goes to Sea." A hard-working woman's just reward and rightful revenge against an abusive husband is the essence of "Sweat." These stories are rich with emotion and insight into the meanderings of the human heart. Renee Joshua-Porter's reading brings the text to life and makes each character distinct. Her voice soars, soothes, and coaxes every nuance of feeling from the author's work. An excellent choice for all libraries.?Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.
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