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In My Father's House
     

In My Father's House

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by Ernest J. Gaines
 

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IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE takes place in a rural black community in the deep South, at a time not long past. The story centers around Phillip Martin, minister and civil rights leader, a man of substance and stature, a devoted husband and father...who is suddenly brought face to face with the mistakes and errors of his own youth. In this encounter, Martin discovers how

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IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE takes place in a rural black community in the deep South, at a time not long past. The story centers around Phillip Martin, minister and civil rights leader, a man of substance and stature, a devoted husband and father...who is suddenly brought face to face with the mistakes and errors of his own youth. In this encounter, Martin discovers how destructive the life he has put behind him really was...for himself and for others.

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“It is the force of Mr. Gaines's character and intelligence, operating through [his] deceptively quiet style, that makes his fictioni compelling. . . . The dialogue is spare, but unerring, and humor will keep slipping in subtly despite the tragedies behind these lives.” —Larry McMurty, The New York Times Book Review

“He write's eloquently of the frustrated love between fathers and sons. . . . His best writing is marked by what Ralph Ellison, describing the blues, call ‘near-tragic, near-comic lyricism.’” —Margo Jefferson, Newsweek

“The dialogue is mesmerizing. . . . The characterizations come right off the page. . . . No one writes about mainstream, ordinary black life as well as he does.” —Ishmael Reed

“It would make a gripping play with its tight plot and strong scenes of confrontation, its Ibsenite central character.” —The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816166480
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Pages:
378

Meet the Author

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupée 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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In My Father's House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Image a small quiet town and a stranger come and walk around all day and night. He walks around in the cold the rain and the snow. He goes and sits on the church steps. His name is Robert X and he has come to town to find his father. His father is Phillip Martin a well know civil right leader who is looked up to. Why has Robert came to town what are his attentions? Pick up the book and find out you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Didn't you already do thst with some other guy???"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she kissed you forcefully against the wall but was soft and gentle*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yawn tired
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books before..........but none has ever touched me like this.......it is sad and so deep with issues that are currently affecting the world today..........it has made me think about the way people live double lives.How many are out there today? It has a profound message to the fathers of today and they should really read this book! Share it with others! Fathers should embrace the opportunities they get and take up the reigns of responsibilities. GAINES HAS WRITTEN A BOOK THAT HAS TOUCHED MANY LIVES!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best book I've read in a long time.This book had a great message and it was easy to read and follow I read this book in three days. It is about a man named Robert X that is wanting to have a meeting with this man for a great reason. The man in question is Reverend Martin the small town leader. When Robert X arrives it changes the lives of the whole town.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a small town where there are no strangers,when a stranger appears no one knows what to do.In this story that is what hapens.This strange man appears and he calls himself Robert X.Every one is frightened by him because he has blood shot eyes and he has never been seen around before. Plus the strange man has some kind of relation to the revreandin town.To find out how read the book you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In My Father's House tells about a young man who is new in the parish of St. Adrienne. Nobody has ever seen the man before, except for the pastor. The young man explains to those who approach him that he has come for a meeting. After a party at the reverend's house the reverend had seen the boy, but didn't know what his motives were to arrive in his home after some private investigation of his own the reverend finds out that the meeting the young man had was a confrontation with him. I give this book five stars because the suspence is extravagant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy read this book. I think that every one should read this book because it tell you a lot from a man point of view. It show people that what you do to other will come back to you but when you lease think of it and always remember that your past will come up no matter what and you can run from your past.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was well written, but the ending should have been more profound. This novel portrays life and reality, and how much of an impact a father can have on his son's life. The protagonist, Rev. Phillip Martin, is divided between two worlds, one which include his twisted past filled with lust, alcoholism, and neglected children, and the other filled with accomplishment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh igtg