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free read ã eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Ernest J. Gaines 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 liuor store shoot out 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 the university has ret. Reading Road Trip 2020Current location LouisianaMan walk on two foots; hogs on four hoofsThe entire front of my shirt is soaked right now from tears I am wrecked WreckedI do not understand several things at this moment as I have just finished this book 1 How did I not know who Ernest J Gaines was before I researched a “Louisiana” read for my road trip last year2 Why isn't this book an American classic as well known as To Kill A Mockingbird3 Are all of his books this good Damn it I feel in over my head right now Can I do justice to this story in my responseFirst off I was completely hesitant to begin this This novel has a boring cover an uninspired title and I had never heard of this author before The story starts off with some awkward dialogue between the two lovers Grant and Vivian and I was rolling my eyes early on preparing myself for disasterIt was the total opposite The total opposite Within just a short chapter or two from the bad dialogue Mr Gaines seemed to hit his stride describing his surroundings in such detail I felt I was there After leaving the uarter I drove down a graveled road for about two miles then along a paved road beside the St Charles River for another ten miles There were houses and big live oak and pecan trees on either side of the road but not as many on the riverbank side There instead of houses and trees there were fishing wharves boat docks nightclubs and restaurants for whites There were one or two nightclubs for colored but there were not very goodThis story doesn't take place in New Orleans but in a small fictional town known as Bayonne Louisiana It's the late 1940s but given the surroundings and the social s it could easily be the 1840s The residents of this community still call their home “the plantation” and the protagonist Grant Wiggins “knows what it means to be a slave”Grant is an educated man known on the plantation as “The Professor” but he missed an opportunity to move with his parents to California and instead fell in love with a local woman in the small town after accepting a teaching position When a “cousin” named Jefferson is sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit Grant's aunt and the young man's godmother become obsessed with Grant's role in “rehabilitating” Jefferson to “walk as a man” to his execution and accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior before dyingThis is a big task to ask of Grant who is not only an agnostic but a jaded man who has long given up on his civic dutiesWhat follows is one of the most touching and upsetting stories I've ever read and Jefferson's godmother Miss Emma broke whatever was left of my heart Oh Lord Jesus stand by stand byI realized reading this story that we can hold up 8 billion signs that read “Black Lives Matter” but if we don't treat people with respect and common decency when we interact with each other it'll all amount to a pile of bullshit in the end There is nothing didactic here; Mr Gaines is not a preacher and his protagonist Grant Wiggins isn't much of a classroom teacher What is conveyed here is subtle a subtle cruel perversity in the disrespect invalidation and sterilization of an entire people What is the solution Well Mr Gaines doesn't know for sure but his story makes it clear what happens when we treat people as humans and what happens when we treat them as hogs

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review A Lesson Before Dying Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï 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 liuor store shoot out in which three men are killed; the only survivor he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death Grant Wiggins who left his h H 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 fictio. A lesson Before Dying is a very MOVING book By reading most of the other reviews I'm sure everyone understands what this novel is about I'm not positive if I would have appreciated this book in High School had I read it 10 years ago I would like to thank Mr Gaines for his lessons I've typed out a few powerful passages that moved meThere were but these are just some I made sure I highlighted A hero is someone who something for other people He does something that other men don't and can't do He is different from other men He is above other men No matter who those other men are the hero no matter who he is is above them Do you know what a myth is Jefferson I asked him A myth is an old lie that people believe in White people believe that they're better then anyone else on earth and that's a myth The last thing they ever want is to see a black man stand and think and show that common humanity that is in us all It would destroy their myth They would no longer gave justification for having made us slaves and keeping us in the condition we are in As long as none of stand they're safe Please listen to me because I would not lie to you now I speak from my heart You have the chance of being bigger then anyone who has ever lived on that plantation or come from this little town You can do it if you try You have seen how Mr Farrell makes a slingshot handle He starts with just a little piece of rough wood any little piece of scrap wood then he starts cutting Cutting and cutting and cutting then shaving Shaves it down clean and smooth till it's not what it was before but something new and pretty You know what I'm talking about because you have seen him do it You had one that he made from a piece of scrap wood Yes yes I saw you with it And it came from a piece of old wood that he found in the yard somewhere And that's all we are Jefferson all of us on this earth a piece of drifting wood until we each of us individually decide to become something else I am still that piece of drifting wood and those out there are no better But you can be better

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A Lesson Before DyingUrned 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 him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death In the end the two men forge a bond as they bot. The third Ernest Gaines novel I've read gets another 5 stars from me Just as in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and In My Father's House I was not uite the same person as I turned the last page that I was when I began There was a tiny seismic shift inside me that I recognized as another piece of understanding in this complicated dance of racial relations between black and whiteA simple story on the surface Young Jefferson a black man is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is sentenced to the electric chair His Godmother Miss Emma asks the local schoolteacher Grant Wiggins to visit him in jail and make him understand that he is not a hog with no understanding as the prosecutor decribed him but a young man that she is proud of The outcome is known from page one but the journey is long complicated and heart rending This is Louisiana in 1948 and the white man is in chargeAs in the other two books I mentioned the women in this novel are the strong ones and get things done Miss Emma and Aunt Lou get what they need through a combination of guilt bribery and respect They never hesitate to use them even on the white people They know what works So apparently does Ernest J Gaines His language is simple and direct but he can convey a world of emotion and feelings in just a few words He made me feel humiliation and anger and hurt so many times with just a description of a glance or movement He made me see that the black man's understanding of the white man has to be many times that of white for black just as an act of survival I ended this novel in tears not for Jefferson's death but for his life He was the bravest man in the room