The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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Bantam Books, 1972 - Fiction - 246 pages
236 Reviews
"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
  

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The book is very educational. - Goodreads
By the way, the loss of a star is for the ending. - Goodreads
Yes. And it was insight I was searching for. - Goodreads
The writing style was so elementary and mundane. - Goodreads
really good book-easy read-hated the ending - Goodreads
The writing is very authentic as an oral history. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

I've always wanted to read this book, and I'm sure glad that I finally did. Read full review

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California Book Award Silver Medal for Fiction (1971) Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
26
Section 3
49
Section 4
58
Section 5
67
Section 6
75
Section 7
80
Section 8
122
Section 9
126
Section 10
135
Section 11
140
Section 12
166
Section 13
176
Section 14
184
Section 15
211
Copyright

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About the author (1972)

Ernest Gaines is a writer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying was an Oprah Book Club pick in 1997.

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