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  • File Size: 77 KB
  • Print Length: 6 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 23, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TILB02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,970 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2012
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This is a short, six-page play by the anthropologist, folklorist, and author Zora Neale Hurston. A group of men play poker in a house. Halfway through a hand, a woman interrupts them and tells them they will go to hell if they gamble. As she enters they hide their cards, but each player also cheats by adding cards to their own hand. After she leaves they realize they all have more aces than is possible, argue, and end up killing each other. The woman then re-enters and announces that hell is now a "tougher place" because the men are there. The piece reads like a joke, saying, or story that has been adapted for the theater. Annotations in this edition seem to suggest that this piece was digitized from Hurston's unpublished papers, which explains why it is so short, so free, and available on Amazon. On its own the piece is not that impressive but several other, similar works by Hurston are also available on Amazon, essentially creating a free anthology of her unpublished work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DDUB on April 16, 2012
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I am a Zora Neal Hurston fan, but I've never heard of this book. It must actually be a play or an unfinished work. I enjoyed the story, but I am left wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam - mom-ish since 2000 TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 8, 2013
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The copyright on this short piece is 1931. With handwritten details, like "Neale" in "Zora Neale Hurston" and crossed out lines here-and-there, it's unclear whether this was meant as a short story, one act play, or as an idea for a longer work.

The location was New York. The cast were:
Nunkie
Too-Sweet
Peckerwood
Black Baby
Sack Daddy
Tush Hawg
Aunt Dilsey

The actual room is described thusly:
SCENE--

A shabby front room in a shotgun house.

A door covered by dingy portieres upstage C. Small panel
window in side Wall L. Plain centre table with chairs drawn up
about it. Gaudy calendars on wall. Battered piano against wall
R. Kerosene lamp with reflector against wall on either side of
room.

At rise of curtain NUNKIE is at piano playing.... Others at
table with small stacks of chips before each man. TUSH HAWG is
seated at table so that he faces audience. He is expertly
riffing the cards ... looks over his shoulder and speaks to
NUNKIE.

Now I happened to like this work. The mystery of what she was trying to accomplish was one part of that; but I also enjoyed the dialect. And I have to say that some of the phrases were new to me. (Which I love :)

"Youse a liar! I ain't dealt you no aces. Don't try to carry the Pam-Pam
to me 'cause I'll gently chain-gang for you!"

Okaaay... if you say so.

Pam T~
History lover
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By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2013
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Zora Neale Hurston is nearly forgotten. That's sad. This is a tiny gem, very short and inconsequential, just one quick sparkle. For a fuller experience I recommend the full graphical rendition by Milton Knight in "The Graphic Canon," Volume 3, just released.
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By Kindle Customer on February 27, 2013
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I chose this rating because it was a good book that reminds me of the way it was back then. I like the way it was wrote and told. I would recommend this book to everyone who has a interest in poetry.
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By Ruth James on May 7, 2013
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I'm so disappointed that it's only one scene! She reels you in and wraps you into the story. There's drama, humor, suspense, and it didn't take long!
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By althea harvey on September 4, 2013
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Short but interesting. Wish zora could have finished it. I couldn't get a good sight for the main characters. It seemed like it was rushed through.
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This book is very relaxation to read and it can bring a little bit of good excitement to classic literatures readers everywhere.
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