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A Lesson Before Dying

7 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Ernest J. Gaines.

Oprah Book Club® Selection, September 1997: In a small Cajun community in 1940s Louisiana, a young black man is about to go to the electric chair for murder. A white shopkeeper had died during a robbery gone bad; though the young man on trial had … see full wiki

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Author: Ernest J. Gaines
Publisher: Vintage
4 reviews about A Lesson Before Dying
review by . July 14, 2010
The older and, one hopes, wiser I grow, the more I admire and respect simplicity. Simplicity is not simple. Simplicity means clean lines, all that is unnecessary pared away. Simplicity means choosing that one golden word where ten would only confuse the issue. And, that one word can be clear and true.     Ernest J. Gaines is a master of simplicity. A Lesson Before Dying is clean and clear writing, descriptions that say just enough to evoke an entire scene with all senses engaged, …
review by . February 06, 2009
There's a quote from a review by the Independent on the cover of my copy of "A Lesson Before Dying," and it says "Like the best country songs, straight and true." Since I saw and read that quote every time I picked up the book, I inevitably started to evaluate it's merit based on whether or not I agreed with that review. Was it straight and true? Then I realized, more importantly, does that even matter?      "A Lesson Before Dying" is a good book. It's not a great book, or an …
review by . September 20, 2007
A Lesson Before Dying is the best known Ernest J. Gaines novel, even having been blessed as an "Oprah's Book Club" choice in September 1997. Today it is read in many middle and high school English classes for the lessons that it has to teach all of us about human dignity and grace. Not all of Oprah Winfrey's book choices over the years have been the wisest, but she got this one right.    The novel is set in a section of 1940s Louisiana that Gaines knows and works so well in his …
review by . January 15, 1998
As a voracious reader, I find that many books disappear from my memory pretty quickly. This book really touched me--it made me think...care...feel ...cry. I have passed it on to 5 of my coworkers so far, and it's still going. Every single one of them loved it, and I love getting to talk to them about it after they finish. Mr. Gaines, my thanks for a truly inspiring piece of work.
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