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Jonah's gourd vine : a novel

Author: Zora Neale Hurston; Rita Dove; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperPerennial, 2008, ©1934.
Series: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics edView all editions and formats
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Jonah's Gourd Vine, Zora Neale Hurston's first novel, originally published in 1934, tells the story of John Buddy Pearson, "a living exultation" of a young man who loves too many women for his own good. Lucy, his long-suffering wife, is his true love, but there's also Mehaley and Big 'Oman, as well as the scheming Hattie, who conjures hoodoo spells to ensure his attentions. Even after becoming the popular pastor of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zora Neale Hurston; Rita Dove; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
ISBN: 9780061350191 0061350192
OCLC Number: 213333053
Notes: Originally published: 1934.
First Perennial Library edition published: New York, N.Y. : Perennial Library, 1990.
Description: xv, 229, 40 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Harper Perennial modern classics.
Responsibility: Zora Neale Hurston ; with a foreword by Rita Dove and an afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Jonah's Gourd Vine, Zora Neale Hurston's first novel, originally published in 1934, tells the story of John Buddy Pearson, "a living exultation" of a young man who loves too many women for his own good. Lucy, his long-suffering wife, is his true love, but there's also Mehaley and Big 'Oman, as well as the scheming Hattie, who conjures hoodoo spells to ensure his attentions. Even after becoming the popular pastor of Zion Hope, where his sermons and prayers for cleansing rouse the congregation's fervor, John has to confess that though he is a preacher on Sundays, he is a "natchel man" the rest of the week. And so in this sympathetic portrait of a man and his community, Zora Neale Hurston shows that faith, tolerance, and good intentions cannot resolve the tension between the spiritual and the physical. That she makes this age-old dilemma come so alive is a tribute to her understanding of the vagaries of human nature.

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