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The Sky Is Gray

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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Published August 1st 1995 by Creative Co (Sd) (first published August 1963)
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Lydia Reyes
Sep 20, 2010 Lydia Reyes rated it really liked it
This story is heart breaking.
Every second of it, you are groaning in pain for the family.
For the young boy, especially.
Poverty, the sensitive subject that it is, is unashamedly opened up.
We the readers are allowed the full effects of the stricken world.
The proud mother and the quiet son are tragic yet strong.
This story is literally a tear jerker.
Even the coldest of hearts must melt for the poor, loving little boy.
He quietly suffers in pain, not wanting to spend money to cure his ailment.
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Valerie
Apr 12, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
“In “The Sky is Gray,” the goal is not exactly reached. At the end of the story, the narrator has not reached the dentist’s chair, and the problem of the toothache, which motivates the present action, has not yet been solved…”(Bell) The setup of this story is based on the premise of James having horrible tooth pain which needs attention. The reader is made aware that the act of having the tooth pulled is a large ordeal to the family. With James and his mother departing for the day, the rest of ...more
Valerie Hoyte
Awesome read. i love Gaines' use of symbols senses in this story it is one of hope I think. That though there are grave issues of race and class and poverty that Gaines used an "innocent"black child and an old white woman to bring hope and love...a very touching, emotional and humbling story
Jessie
Sep 12, 2014 Jessie added it
i love this book
Yasmin
Nov 21, 2011 Yasmin rated it it was amazing
Awesome book...it wraps within the narrative so many layers of the black's struggle in America, their history...makes the reader think and feel for the characters, as such engaged with their lives...gave me goosebumps!!
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Born to a sharecropping family, Ernest Gaines was picking cotton in the fields by age nine and only attended school five or six months a year. When he was fifteen, he moved to California to join his mother who had relocated during World War II, and began writing. He attended San Francisco State University, served in the army, and won a writing fellowship to Stanford University. Gaines has been a M ...more
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