A Lesson Before Dying

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ISBN: 9780375702709
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1997

Set in the cajun Deep South of the 1940's, Gaines's National Book Critics Circle award-winning novel is a poignant yet unsentimental treatment of dignity in the face of grave injustice. A slow-witted young black man is wrongly convicted of murder and the local black schoolteacher is convinced to spend time with him in the days leading up to his execution. His task is to "teach" him to meet his fate as a free-thinking man and not the animal he was portrayed as in the trial. What starts out as a futile and begrudgingly met obligation slowly transforms into an unusual bond between the two men. A lesson is indeed taught and learned. The reader, too, takes away a difficult and extraordinary lesson about humanity from this classic piece of American literature. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds

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