But this is a record that grabs attention right from the start, with its surfeit of invention, ideas and imagination.
Considered a success by readers and critics alike, the appeal for most readers is derived from the intense emotions the story evokes. The author, Ernest Gaines, wants the reader to feel compassion for the young black man, Jefferson, whom jurors convict for a murder he did not commit.
Nor can readers ignore the personal struggles of Grant Wiggins as he teaches Jefferson to be a man. Gaines credits his boyhood experiences for his ability to develop lifelike characters.
Gaines is mellow with historical reflection, supple with wit, relaxed and expansive because he does not equate his people with failure. Author Biography Ernest J. GainesEJ for short, was born in the slave area of a Louisiana plantation on January 15, His father, Manuel, and mother, Adrienne J.
Colar Gaines, worked as plantation laborers. After Gaines learned to read and write, he enjoyed writing letters for his aunt and her elderly friends. Through listening and writing, Gaines grew to understand himself and his people.
Gaines moved to San FranciscoCalifornia, with his mother and stepfather when he was fifteen years old. Most importantly, he discovered libraries in San Francisco and quickly became an avid reader.
Homesick for family, friends, and the Southern plantation lifestyle he had known, Gaines read any fiction he could find that was set in his homeland. He discovered that writers often gave the wrong impression of Southern blacks and the lives they led.
These writers were white and had no personal experience with the kind of life Gaines knew existed for Southern blacks. He decided then to write those missing stories.
He read other authors whose works he admired: Faulkner, Hemingway, Flaubert, and de Maupassant. The Russian writers, though, inspired him the most.
Their stories about Russian peasants offered him a model for writing about the people he knew best. In the meantime, Gaines graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from San Francisco State College in and completed graduate work at Stanford University in Ina young black man named James Meredith tried to enter the University of Mississippi Law School, prompting civil rights demonstrations and violence.
Gaines admired Meredith for his determination and courage.
As a result, Gaines vowed to dedicate himself to writing about the Southern black experience. After returning to Louisiana, Gaines completed his first novel, Catherine Carmier. This success marked the beginning of his writing career.A Lesson Before Dying (Book): Gaines, Ernest J.: Grant Wiggins, a college-educated man who returns to his hometown to teach, forms an unlikely bond with Jefferson, a young black man convicted of murder and sentenced to death, when he is asked to counsel the condemned man.
In A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines personifies the angst of expectation that comes with being the first of a generation to succeed, the resolute power of community, and the importance of reciprocity—giving back to that which nurtured us/5().
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Populated by strong, unforgettable characters, Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying offers a lesson for a lifetime.
Read more. Review "This majestic, moving novel is an instant classic, a book that will be read, discussed and taught beyond the rest of our lives." —Chicago Tribune Reviews: A Lesson Before Dying (Oprah's Book Club) by Ernest J.
Gaines and a great selection of similar Used, New and Collectible Books available now at pfmlures.com Ernest J. Gaines' 'A Lesson Before Dying' is a tedious read that has a good story, but ultimately falls flat mainly because of shallow characters and flat writing.
However, if you are looking for a short, quick-read novel about African-Americans and whites during racial segregation in the style of 'To Kill a Mockingbird', this might be your cup of tea/5.