- Series: Lisa Drew Books
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (December 24, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684842300
- ISBN-13: 978-0684842301
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Hardcover – December 24, 2002
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This study of the influential African American novelist/folklorist by the arts editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is billed as the first definitive biography.
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From The New Yorker
The novelist, folklorist, and playwright Zora Neale Hurston lived a life easily equal to the drama of her best novels. Although her ambitions took her far from the all-black town of Eatonville, Florida, where she grew up, her intellectual and emotional roots remained in its watery environs, where telling tall tales was a way of life. She told a few tall tales herself, especially in her autobiography, "Dust Tracks on a Road." But what can lying about one's age or about how many husbands one had matter in the face of having escaped Eatonville to study at Barnard? Hurston's significance as an anthropologist should not be underestimated. She made her readers see the uniqueness of black American speech by printing it the way it was said. Boyd is too laudatory in her approach, but this is a convincing attempt to make sense of a life that continues to defy categorization.
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Personally, I love Boyd's writing voice. It has a certain tenderness about it--everything about the manner in which Boyd wrote drips with respect and care for the material. That means to say, the book is far from boring. In fact, it's epic and grand--an adventure through a wonderful woman's life that is as human as it is metaphysical.
I'd recommend it to young writers, woman, everyone--especially people who's dreams seem larger than reality allots for them.
My only concern would be Boyd's vociferous vocabulary which can elucidate or obfuscate--depending on how versed you are in college level writings...
What makes Boyd a great biographer is her ability to get inside Hurston's skin so that the reader experiences the complexities of her great life. Many people view Hurston's life as tragic. She was a wonderful writer and champion of the "folk," yet she died in poverty--with all of her books out of print--and was buried in an unmarked grave. Boyd skillfully takes us on the journey of Hurston's life--through her successes and failures, her accolades and obscurity, her dreams and realities. I felt the passion and conviction and courage Hurston must have called on to accomplish what she did despite the challenges she faced. When I finished the book, I cried--not because Hurston's life was tragic, but because of the wonder of the Wrapped in Rainbows experience. Boyd's poetic writing was a joy to read. The beauty of her writing was breathtaking at times. Perhaps more significantly, through it, I identified with Hurston more than I ever had before and felt the supreme contentment of a life well lived.