A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781400077700
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Release: 2004-01-20
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“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 Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, A Lesson Before Dying is a deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. From the critically acclaimed author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780375702709
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Release: 1993
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 impart his learning and pride to the condemned man

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J Gaines
Pages: 224
ISBN: 3125798701
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Release: 2009
Editor: Ernst Klett Sprachen
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Lavmælt og intens fortælling om en svagtbegavet neger i Louisiana omkring 1950, som uskyldig dødsdømmes, men hjælpes af den lokale lærer til i det mindste at møde døden med værdighed

A Gathering of Old Men

A Gathering of Old Men
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307830388
Available:
Release: 2012-10-31
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man--set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s. The Village Voice called A Gathering of Old Men “the best-written novel on Southern race relations in over a decade.”

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 256
ISBN: 073361714X
Available:
Release: 2002
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 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 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 home to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and 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.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307830258
Available:
Release: 2012-10-24
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in The Sound And The Fury." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works The Odyssey for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Newsweek. "Stunning. I know of no black novel about the South that excludes quite the same refreshing mix of wit and wrath, imagination and indignation, misery and poetry. And I can recall no more memorable female character in Southern fiction since Lena of Faulkner's Light In August than Miss Jane Pittman." -- Josh Greenfeld, Life

A Year to Live

A Year to Live
Author: Stephen Levine
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780307561329
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Release: 2009-10-07
Editor: Harmony
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In his new book, Stephen Levine, author of the perennial best-seller Who Dies?, teaches us how to live each moment, each hour, each day mindfully--as if it were all that was left. On his deathbed, Socrates exhorted his followers to practice dying as the highest form of wisdom. Levine decided to live this way himself for a whole year, and now he shares with us how such immediacy radically changes our view of the world and forces us to examine our priorities. Most of us go to extraordinary lengths to ignore, laugh off, or deny the fact that we are going to die, but preparing for death is one of the most rational and rewarding acts of a lifetime. It is an exercise that gives us the opportunity to deal with unfinished business and enter into a new and vibrant relationship with life. Levine provides us with a year-long program of intensely practical strategies and powerful guided meditations to help with this work, so that whenever the ultimate moment does arrive for each of us, we will not feel that it has come too soon.

Catherine Carmier

Catherine Carmier
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780307830340
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Release: 2012-10-31
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A compelling debut love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where blacks, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence--by the award-winning author of A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. After living in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns home to his benefactor, Aunt Charlotte. Surrounded by family and old friends, he discovers that his bonds to them have been irreparably rent by his absence. In the midst of his alienation from those around him, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, setting the stage for conflicts and confrontations which are complex, tortuous, and universal in their implications.

Of Love and Dust

Of Love and Dust
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307830357
Available:
Release: 2012-10-24
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the story of Marcus: bonded out of jail where he has been awaiting trial for murder, he is sent to the Hebert plantation to work in the fields. There he encounters conflict with the overseer, Sidney Bonbon, and a tale of revenge, lust and power plays out between Marcus, Bonbon, BonBon's mistress Pauline, and BonBon's wife Louise.

Mozart and Leadbelly

Mozart and Leadbelly
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780307426956
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The beloved author of the classic, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying shares the inspirations behind his books and his reasons for becoming a writer in this collection of stories and essays. Told in the simple and powerful prose that is a hallmark of his craft, these writings by Ernest J. Gaines faithfully evoke the sorrows and joys of rustic Southern life. From his depiction of his childhood move to California — a move that propelled him to find books that conjured the sights, smells, and locution of his native Louisiana home — to his description of the real-life murder case that gave him the idea for his masterpiece; this wonderful collection is a revelation of both man and writer.

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 72
ISBN: 1586634763
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Release: 2002
Editor: Spark Notes
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A study guide to the popular novel offers a plot summary, a review quiz, and an examaination of important quotations, along with analysis of the key themes, motifs, characters, and symbols in the work.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Author: Bronnie Ware
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781401956004
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Release: 2019-08-13
Editor: Hay House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Revised edition of the best-selling memoir that has been read by over a million people worldwide with translations in 29 languages. After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with heart. Despite having no formal qualifications or previous experience in the field, she found herself working in palliative care. During the time she spent tending to those who were dying, Bronnie's life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog post, outlining the most common regrets that the people she had cared for had expressed. The post gained so much momentum that it was viewed by more than three million readers worldwide in its first year. At the request of many, Bronnie subsequently wrote a book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, to share her story. Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse life. By applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for everyone, if we make the right choices, to die with peace of mind. In this revised edition of the best-selling memoir that has been read by over a million people worldwide, with translations in 29 languages, Bronnie expresses how significant these regrets are and how we can positively address these issues while we still have the time. The Top Five Regrets of the Dying gives hope for a better world. It is a courageous, life-changing book that will leave you feeling more compassionate and inspired to live the life you are truly here to live.

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781408824856
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Release: 2011-09-05
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Over 21 million copies sold worldwide

In My Father s House

In My Father s House
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307830371
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Release: 2012-10-24
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A compelling novel of a man brought to reckon with his buried past... In St. Adrienne, a small black community in Louisiana, Reverend Phillip Martin—a respected minister and civil rights leader—comes face to face with the sins of his youth in the person of Robert X, a young, unkempt stranger who arrives in town for a mysterious "meeting" with the Reverend. In the confrontation between the two, the young man's secret burden explodes into the open, and Phillip Martin begins a long-neglected journey into his youth to discover how destructive his former life was, for himself and for those around him. “…on every page there's an authentic moment, or a dead-right knot of conversation, or a truer-than-true turn of phrase…”—Kirkus Reviews

The Tragedy of Brady Sims

The Tragedy of Brady Sims
Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Pages: 114
ISBN: 9780525434467
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Release: 2017
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A courthouse shooting leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order--in the final novella by the beloved Ernest J. Gaines. After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the local newspaper asks his cub reporter to dig up a "human interest" story about Brady, he heads for the town's barbershop. It is the barbers and the regulars who hang out there who narrate with empathy, sadness, humor, and a profound understanding the life story of Brady Sims--an honorable, just, and unsparing man who with his tough love had been handed the task of keeping the black children of Bayonne, Louisiana in line to protect them from the unjust world in which they lived. And when his own son makes a fateful mistake, it is up to Brady to carry out the necessary reckoning. In the telling, we learn the story of a small southern town, divided by race, and the black community struggling to survive even as many of its inhabitants head off northwards during the Great Migration.

The Topic of Education in Ernest J Gaines Novel A Lesson Before Dying

The Topic of Education in Ernest J  Gaines  Novel  A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Birgit Wilpers
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9783640803026
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Release: 2011-01
Editor: GRIN Verlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Paderborn (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Contemporary African-American Literature, language: English, abstract: The title of Ernest J. Gaines' book A Lesson Before Dying already alludes to the fact that education is one of the main themes of the novel. In this essay, I want to analyze the different aspects of education that are represented in his work. I will concentrate on the subject of formal education and would like to pose the question if it is a way out of "mental" slavery for African-American people.

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
Author: Romulus Linney
Pages: 56
ISBN: 0822217856
Available:
Release: 2001
Editor: Dramatists Play Service Inc
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

THE STORY: Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be

Black Power Jewish Politics

Black Power  Jewish Politics
Author: Marc Dollinger
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781512602586
Available:
Release: 2018-06-05
Editor: Brandeis University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power-inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda - including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism.

Slaughterhouse five

Slaughterhouse five
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Pages: 275
ISBN: 9780385333849
Available:
Release: 1999
Editor: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present

Call It Courage

Call It Courage
Author: Armstrong Sperry
Pages: 95
ISBN: 9780027860306
Available:
Release: 1968-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A legend of a Polynesian boy, who, called a coward for being afraid of the sea, sets out to overcome his fears