A Lesson Before Dying
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A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines
Literature
Jul 31, 2018
It is 1940s Louisiana, and the innocent black man named Jefferson who had the bad luck to be in a store when a white shopkeeper was killed has been falsely charged with robbery and murder, convicted, and sentenced to death. We know how events will turn out, just as the characters do, because inevitability is the central reality of the all-too-real fictional world Ernest J. Gaines creates in this spare and moving novel. But it’s not the central truth.
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May 14, 2019
This is the most important book I've ever read. It is the only book I credit with changing who I am as a person at my core.
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