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Moses, Man of the Mountain Paperback – December 30, 2008
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Hurston incorporates the African tradition into her retelling of the Exodus story, along with that tradition's humor, colloquialisms, wit, irreverence, and apocryphal embellishments. The result is probably her most accessible work, an undemanding read that still reflects a mirror on such issues as politics, slavery, and feminism. The novel is remarkably faithful to the original, but Hurston's Old Testaments heroes and their adversaries are fleshed out as lethargic, selfish, dithering, conniving, as well as joyous, loving, and (above all) human. Moses's brother Aaron and sister Miriam, for example, are depicted as much a hindrance to the movement as a help.
Moses himself is presented warts and all. As expected, he's the savior who leads a slave nation from captivity to the freedom of a Promised Land, the wise prophet who brings law and government to an unruly and divided people. Still, Hurston's Moses observes that "the first law of Nature is that everybody likes to receive things, but nobody likes to feel grateful. And the very next law is that people talk about tenderness and mercy, but they love force. If you feed a thousand people you are a nice man with suspicious motives. If you kill a thousand you a hero.Read more ›
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The exodus story told through the eyes of those who have experienced bondage. Thought provoking, but also a thoroughly entertaining story.Published 1 month ago by R. A. England
Great new twists on Moses. Gets the imagination going. Talented writer; brings God and Moses alive. Bravo!Published 4 months ago by Lindsay Hardin Freeman
I’ve read "Their Eyes were Watching God," so I should have enjoyed this ‘black’ narrative retelling of the Exodus story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Lily
Spectacular writing in many voices. A whirlwind of creative thought with a style that is still fresh.Published 8 months ago by Betty Ann Mack
I lost interest the minute the starded describing Mose's mother as a white woman.Published 9 months ago by Vee
One of the best novels I've ever read. If you are interested in either the story of Moses, the Exodus, the parallels with the African-American slave experience, the quest for inner... Read morePublished 16 months ago by JoseM
This is yet another thoroughly delightful - if completely different - book from Hurston. As a colorful and thoughtful depiction of Moses's life it's surprisingly accurate and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction
This book was so ech, i never actually read all of it. I had to get it for school, and OH MY LORD, its kinda really painstakingly BA OAR ING! Jeez. I dont recomend.Published on October 2, 2013 by Kylie Ramsay