Catherine Carmier

Catherine Carmier

by Ernest J. Gaines

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ISBN-13: 9780679738916
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1993
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,257,448
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)

About the Author

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is a writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gaines received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993 for his lifetime achievements; was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest decorations, in 1996; and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.

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Catherine Carmier 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catharine Carmier focuses upon a theme with which all Louisianans are familiar: Creole/ African- American relations. The protagonist, Jackson, an educated Black man who has returned to his home after ten years, seeks for something serious, meaningful, and special. After having been educated in California, he comes back to Louisiana tired of his Black people, and disenchanted by the Church. While looking for this "something," he finds Catherine Carmier, a Creole woman and her father, Raoul. The rest is in the narrative. For those who were reared in the Jim Crow South, Creole/ Black relations were real. There was a strict separation between the two classes. Creoles had their own communities, and the Blacks had their own communities. Gaines captures all of this. In addition to capturing the uniqueness of this system, Gaines captures the universality of life, death, and young adult life. Indeed, this novel is bildungsroman in nature. Please, read this book. It will give life to those who seek it, for all, at one time or another, has found herself or himself in Jackson's footsteps: looking for a meaningful place in this hectic life, especially after having been educated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago