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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Scritto da Zora Neale Hurston

Narrato da Aunjanue Ellis


Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance

Scritto da Zora Neale Hurston

Narrato da Aunjanue Ellis

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8 ore
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Mar 17, 2020
ISBN:
9780062915832
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“Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick” brings together 21 of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories, including eight “lost” tales dug up in dusty old archives and long-forgotten periodicals. Seasoned with the perfect blend of sarcasm, lively dialogue, and wicked humor, these stories serve up a sharp (and entertaining) look at racism and sexism, the country versus the city, and love gone sour.

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From "one of the greatest writers of our time" (Toni Morrison)—the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God—a collection of remarkable stories, including eight "lost" Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time.

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In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston—the sole black student at the college—was living in New York, "desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world." During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions.

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Mar 17, 2020
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9780062915832
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Informazioni sull'autore

Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist. An author of four novels (Jonah’s Gourd Vine, 1934; Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937; Moses, Man of the Mountain, 1939; and Seraph on the Suwanee, 1948); two books of folklore (Mules and Men, 1935, and Tell My Horse, 1938); an autobiography (Dust Tracks on a Road, 1942); and over fifty short stories, essays, and plays. She attended Howard University, Barnard College and Columbia University, and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce, in 1960.  In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: “Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.”  


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  • (4/5)
    Hitting a Straight Lick With A Crooked Stick: Stories From The Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, author, Aunjanue Ellis, narrator Hurston is one of the most prominent African-American authors who wrote during the period of time from 1917-1937, the time of the Harlem Renaissance. These authors wrote books focused on social issues, like assimilation, faith, racism, black pride, and the atmosphere in the home between husbands and wives, parents and siblings, lovers and friends, in short, they wrote about all aspects of black life. In this book, featuring several newly discovered short stories by Hurston, love and loss, relationships, drug addiction, racism, infidelity, physical and sexual abuse, injustice and a lack of women’s rights are featured. Some stories featured, education issues, religious issues, spiritual, superstitious or magical themes. They featured jealousy and greed, as well as kindness and joy. While some of the characters were loving, loyal, gentle, moral, well educated, grateful for their achievements, and grounded in their faith, others were hateful. They were liars, boasters, connivers, violent and even possibly downright evil. The stories, therefore, represented a microcosm of the world, during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, even though the particular focus is absolutely on the struggles of the black community. The evils presented existed in all communities, across color lines and religions, at that time, and perhaps, still today. The strong in society, who are sometimes evil, prey upon those who are weaker.The stories do capture the times and the people very authentically, using the dialect they would use to communicate with each other. Some of the language may be offensive to the reader, since today, it is really frowned upon to use many of the terms in the book. There were times that I even thought I glimpsed what might be a bit of anti-Semitism or hostility toward the Jews, in some of the stories, because of references to the Sadducces and the Pharisees, both major historic influences in Jewish history, which sometimes seemed to be double entendres. I love the author’s writing style. Listening to the audio, which was excellently performed, creating characters that were real and unique, I felt like I was viewing each story on a stage, but it was really the theater of my mind. Some of the stories were strange, some I didn’t quite understand, but each was so uniquely creative that I could not stop listening, completing it in one day. There was humor and there was tension, and I never lost interest. On the negative side, the Editor’s Note, Foreward and Introduction were distracting and probably took up too much of the book, although learning about her background was inspiring and informative. The title essentially means, accomplishing something surprisingly, in a way that was thought to be unsuccessful, and perhaps that is the message. Although the Black community is still struggling to gain equality, they have struggled throughout their history in America to gain full recognition and respect often gained or thwarted, by unexpected means. Certainly, Hurston, did not get the recognition she deserved during her own lifetime.
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    Audioperformance was excellent. Stories were a mixed bag but started strong.

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  • (5/5)
    I found the introduction to this book by Genevieve West particularly helpful in helping me understand Huston’s growth as a writer. Although I struggled with the black dialect, it was a necessary part of the story. I found myself reading much of the conversation out loud to understand what was said. What Hurston did so adeptly was showing the sad side of love, how race and poverty puts people in positions that aren’t favorable to them. Hurston’s ability to observe people and then recreate them in short stories is evident. Yes, this wasn’t my favorite book, but it is an important book in helping me to understand how a writer’s talents are developed.