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A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines
A Lesson Before Dying
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A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.  Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.  Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown... show more
A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s.  Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.  Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach.  As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death.  In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and the same compassion for a people and their struggle that have unformed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375702709 (0375702709)
ASIN: 375702709
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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sarah
sarah rated it
3.5 Ernest J. Gaines: A Lesson Before Dying
This book asks one big question: How much are we obligated to the community we grew up in? The protagonist, Grant Wiggins, is an educated man living in the impoverished rural Louisiana town of his birth, and he has one foot out the door [the first line of the novel is, "I was not there, yet I was th...
blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it
4.0 A Lesson Before Dying
Although it took me a while to truly empathize with the main character as he seemed obnoxious and self-absorbed in the first half, this was a great story, with a powerful message and a great sense of time and place.
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Rowena's Reviews rated it
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“But let us say he was (guilty). Let us for a moment say he was (guilty). What justice would there be to take his life? Justice, gentlemen? Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this.” - Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying. Jefferson, an African-American man living in Loui...
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An incredible book.At first it was hard to get into because the narrative felt sort of dry and disinterested, but as I read along, I realized that was the point. Our narrator is worn out, tired of being a teacher, which he doesn't like, because he sees it as the only thing an educated black man can ...
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