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A Lesson Before Dying

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From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel.

A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is unwitting party to a liquor store shootout 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 informed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.

A Lesson Before Dying is about the ways in which people insist on declaring the value of their lives in a time and place in which those lives count for nothing. It is about the ways in which the imprisoned may find freedom even in the moment of their death. As such, Gaines's novel transcends its minutely evoked circumstances to address the basic predicament of what it is to be a human being, a creature striving for dignity in a universe that often denies it.

Review:

"Enormously moving....Gaines unerringly evokes the place and time about which he writes." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives." The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"A Lesson Before Dying reconfirms Ernest J. Gaines's position as an important American writer." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is the heartbreaking and inspiring new audio about the friendship of two black men — one wrongly condemned to die and one who's persuaded to impart something of himself — his learning and pride.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940's. Jefferson is an unwitting and innocent party to a liquor story 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 reluctantly 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. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting — and defying — the expected.

Synopsis:

In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson is an unwilling party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Synopsis:

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Synopsis:

The story of a young black man wrongly convicted of the murder of three white men in the American South of the 1940s. Was chosen for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, and was a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781852427238
Author:
Gaines, Ernest
Publisher:
Libri
Location:
London
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Death row inmates
Subject:
African American men
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 98-39WQ
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
256 p.

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"Review" by , "Enormously moving....Gaines unerringly evokes the place and time about which he writes."
"Review" by , "This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives."
"Review" by , "A Lesson Before Dying reconfirms Ernest J. Gaines's position as an important American writer."
"Synopsis" by , A LESSON BEFORE DYING is the heartbreaking and inspiring new audio about the friendship of two black men — one wrongly condemned to die and one who's persuaded to impart something of himself — his learning and pride.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940's. Jefferson is an unwitting and innocent party to a liquor story 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 reluctantly 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. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting — and defying — the expected.

"Synopsis" by , In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson is an unwilling party to a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
"Synopsis" by , Get your A in gear

They're today's most popular study guides-with everything you need to succeed in school. Written by Harvard students for students, since its inception SparkNotes(TM) has developed a loyal community of dedicated users and become a major education brand. Consumer demand has been so strong that the guides have expanded to over 150 titles. SparkNotes'(TM) motto is Smarter, Better, Faster because:

- They feature the most current ideas and themes, written by experts.

- They're easier to understand, because the same people who use them have also written them.

- The clear writing style and edited content enables students to read through the material quickly, saving valuable time.

And with everything covered--context; plot overview; character lists; themes, motifs, and symbols; summary and analysis, key facts; study questions and essay topics; and reviews and resources--you don't have to go anywhere else

"Synopsis" by , The story of a young black man wrongly convicted of the murder of three white men in the American South of the 1940s. Was chosen for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, and was a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.
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