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A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
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May 06, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

We read this book in an Advanced Reading class that I taught for the Spring session. This was the second or third time that I have used this book in a reading class, and with each read it reveals more to me and increases my appreciation of Ernest Gaines' writing.

Gaines' device of using different narrators for each chapter gives this book a layered perspective of the events that happen over one day on a Louisiana sugar cane plantation in the nineteen seventies. Gaines knows his subject, Southwestern Louisiana and its people, well.

After a couple of chapters the students became interested in the story and often commented that they wanted to read beyond the assignment in order to find out what happens next.
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