A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

By Ernest J. Gaines

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation within the Nineteen Seventies, A amassing of previous Men is a strong depiction of racial tensions bobbing up over the demise of a Cajun farmer by the hands of a black man.

"Poignant, strong, earthy...a novel of Southern racial disagreement during which a bunch of aged black males band jointly opposed to whites who search vengeance for the homicide of 1 in their own."--Booklist

"A effective novel...there is a denouement that might surprise and circulate readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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She was old and trembly, but her posture was good, and it was easy to see that she had been very beautiful at one time. I locked my gaze to hers, and a flash of recognition went off in my skull. I knew her, but she didn't know me. We had never met. I realized that I had seen her in motion pictures when she was much younger. A second later, I came up with her name. She was Barbira Mencken, the exwife of Paul Slazinger. He had lost touch with her years ago, had no idea where she lived. She hadn't done a movie or a play for a long, long time, but there she was.

Just don't eat pork too near the casket," I said. " he said. " Which he did. 9 How GOOD were those pictures of mine which Dan Gregory looked at so briefly before he shoved Marilee down the stairs? Technically, if not spiritually, they were pretty darn good for a kid my age -- a kid whose self-imposed lessons had consisted of copying, stroke by stroke, illustrations by Dan Gregory. I was obviously born to draw better than most people, just as the widow Berman and Paul Slazinger were obviously born to tell stories better than most people can.

Windstorms or banks had taken away their farms, just as surely as the United States Cavalry had taken the same land from the Indians in their grandfathers' time. The farms that were whisked away by the winds: where are they now? Growing fish food on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. These defeated white Indians at the crossings were nothing new to me. I had seen plenty of them passing through San Ignacio, asking the likes of me or my father, or even an emotionally opaque Luma Indian, if we knew of somebody who needed anybody to do work of any kind.

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