Moses, Man of the Mountain

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Moses, Man of the Mountain

By Zora Neale Hurston

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061695148, 310pp.

Publication Date: December 30, 2008


In this 1939 novel based on the familiar story of the Exodus, Zora Neale Hurston blends the Moses of the Old Testament with the Moses of black folklore and song to create a compelling allegory of power, redemption, and faith. Narrated in a mixture of biblical rhetoric, black dialect, and colloquial English, Hurston traces Moses's life from the day he is launched into the Nile river in a reed basket, to his development as a great magician, to his transformation into the heroic rebel leader, the Great Emancipator. From his dramatic confrontations with Pharaoh to his fragile negotiations with the wary Hebrews, this very human story is told with great humor, passion, and psychological insight the hallmarks of Hurston as a writer and champion of black culture.

Praise For Moses, Man of the Mountain

“The real thing, warm, humorous, poetic.”
-The New Yorker

“A narrative of great power. Warm with friendly personality and pulsating with...profound eloquence and religious fervor.”
-New York Times

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