Bloodline

Bloodline

by Ernest J. Gaines

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Bloodline by Ernest J. Gaines

In these five stories, Ernest Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying. As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.

Gaines introduces us to this world through the eyes of guileless children and wizened jailbirds, black tenants and white planters.  He shows his characters eking out a living and making love, breaking apart aand coming together.  And on every page he captures the soul of black community whose circumstances make even the slightest assertion of self-respect an act of majestic—and sometimes suicidal—heroism.  Bloodline is a miracle of storytelling.

STORIES INCLUDE:

A Long Day in November
The Sky Is Gray
Three Men
Bloodline
Just Like a Tree

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679781653
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 596,392
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fine collection of stories by a young Ernest J. Gaines crafting his voice. The writing is simple--one can see the influence of Hemingway--yet there are a lot of social commentaries and subtle psychological insights that Gaines would later hone to perfection. Buy this book. The first two stories are classics and should be read by all people. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw" by Lee Tasey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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