Monday, June 27, 2016

We finished up last week with two more great discussions on Thursday and Friday.  Here are some highlights:

  • John is two different characters - almost a split personality
  • John became a lot like his stepfather
  • John makes a clear distinction between love and sex
  • Discussion about hoodoo - does Hurston actually believe in its power?  Most readers Friday believe she does.
  • Lucy knew that she loved John too much - told Isis: "Don't love anybody as much as you love yourself."
  • Lucy is powerful!
  • Metaphor of crabs in a pot pulling one another down - a reader Friday shared an Australian expression: tall poppy syndrome - if you get too tall, you'll get mowed down - speaks to possible universality of people within a group keeping one another down
  • Some Friday readers found story archetypal - classic good and evil struggle
  • Hurston's style of briefly summarizing long historical periods is like the literary version of a slide show
  • John's final sermon, according to notes on p. 1038, was based on an actual sermon by C.C. Lovelace
  • Sally's sending John back to Eatonville - a symbol of God testing John
  • Hurston has really caught the authentic voice - it's important to hear the dialogue
  • Glossary is not complete enough
  • Hurston is also skilled at capturing sound effects
  • Some readers were intrigued by John and others playing hide and seek at an older age
  • Trains are important to Hurston - her autobiography is Dust Tracks on a Road

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