I can not believe that this was my first read of Hurston’s and It will not be my last. Her ability’s to so eloquently bring to life Kossola Cudjo Lewis’s story using his remarkable memory was embedded into my heart as the reader. Even in his old age, his memory was detailed and thought provoking. I think the story was able to stick with the reader because in a way Kossola told the story in an poetic manner that penetrated the mind. To express the emotions from being taking from his land, sold for goods, enslaved on a plantation, mockery of freedom, to losing his entire family to death; took boldness and desperation for his story to be told.
Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most significant authors in America known for being the most important collector of Afro-American folklore. Her stories need to be told and her history should be known. In this #20booksbyblackwomen challenge, I plan to embed myself in that author’s history because it is my history. Hurston teaches us with this novel to never allow your work to be undervalued, but add to its value every chance you get. Zora Neale Hurston “ a genius of the south,” folklorist , novelist and anthropologist. Can someone get me her novel box that’s out here on bookstagram?!