Of Love and Dustby Ernest J. Gaines
When young Marcus is bonded out of jail, he is sent to the Hebert Plantation to
Ernest J. Gaines is best known for his prize-winning THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN, but OF LOVE AND DUST has equal power and fascination. It zeros in on an explosion in the making between two men, one black and one white, trapped in the vise of Southern back country prejudice.
When young Marcus is bonded out of jail, he is sent to the Hebert Plantation to work in the fields. He treats Sidney Bonbon, the Cajun overseer, with contempt and Bonbon retaliates by working him nearly to death. Marcus decides to take his revenge.
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When people are reduced to the barest minimum of existence, some are grateful for the little they have while others feel that flying in the face of danger means nothing to them. This story showcases the two extremes, people who cherish a peaceful existence, and two others who risk it all, including others' peaceful lives, for excitement and the glimpse of a possible better life. The cruelty and baseness of life on this plantation is offset by the kindness and decency of some who live there.
Good book to read