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Gathering Of Old Men : Vintage Contemporaries - Ernest J. Gaines

Gathering Of Old Men

Vintage Contemporaries

Paperback Published: 1st July 1992
ISBN: 9780679738909
Number Of Pages: 213

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Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.
"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."--"Booklist"
"A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."--"Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Gaines knows how to tell a story. . . . [He writes] with humor, a strong sense of drama and a compassionate understanding of people who find themselves in opposing positions." --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post "Poignant, powerful, earthy . . . a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own." --Booklist

"Early in this eloquent novel . . . a sheriff is summoned to a sugarcane plantation, where he finds one young white woman, about eighteen old black men, and one dead Cajun farmer. The sheriff is sure he knows who killed the Cajun--although each of the men is toting a shotgun only one of them could hit a barn door--but threats and slaps fail to change their stories. Each one claims guilt, and all but one promise to provoke a riot at the courthouse if the sheriff tries to make an arrest. In the meantime, they wait for a lynch mob that the dead man's father--like the son, a notorious brute--is sure to launch. . . . Before it is over, everyone involved has been surprised by something; the old black men not least of all, by their first taste of power and pride." --The New Yorker

"A fine novel . . . there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters, and a multiplicity of themes that raises a simple tale to grand signfiicance." --David Bradley, Philadelphia Inquirer

ISBN: 9780679738909
ISBN-10: 0679738908
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 1st July 1992
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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