Discussion of Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Barracoon includes the dynamic language that Zora Neale Hurston usually provides, but it feels unfinished.

Barracoon has the story of one of the last living slaves and it is a story that we must hear, but it feels like we get a window into the world and we just need more.

The stories at the end supplement the story, but it’s not the writing we are used to hearing from a Zora Neale Hurston book.

I always wonder who decides how to take unfinished works and release them when an author has passed away. Even in the case of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchmen it seems like an unfinished book.

There is so much work and revision that goes into books that it is hard to read an unfinished book. We want access to that information, but would the authors approve.

I am pleased with the information that these books provide, but it’s hard to deal with the fact that they may always feel unfinished.

Barracoon has the research that Zora Neale Hurston is known for, but it is missing something. It was interesting to see the bible stories and how they were passed down to the Africans and they add their interpretations.

Have you checked out Barracoon?

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