A Gathering of Old Men

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Vintage Books, 1992 - Fiction - 213 pages
11 Reviews
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
 

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User Review  - sonofcarc - LibraryThing

I read this with great enjoyment, thinking at the back of my mind however: Wish fulfillment. Fairy tale. Not the black-empowerment part, but the number of white people portrayed as actually having ... Read full review

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

A killing on a former plantation brings out courage in a gathering of old, former sharecroppers. Interesting style as the author flits from one person to another telling bits of the story. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
14
Section 4
34
Section 5
41
Section 6
50
Section 7
58
Section 8
83
Section 11
131
Section 12
152
Section 13
168
Section 14
184
Section 15
194
Section 16
200
Section 17
202
Section 18
207

Section 9
111
Section 10
123
Section 19
211
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About the author (1992)

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1993 Gaines received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his lifetime achievements. In 1996 he was named a Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France s highest decorations. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.

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