A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

By Ernest J. Gaines

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation within the Nineteen Seventies, A amassing of outdated Men is a robust depiction of racial tensions coming up over the demise of a Cajun farmer by the hands of a black man.

"Poignant, strong, earthy...a novel of Southern racial war of words within which a bunch of aged black males band jointly opposed to whites who search vengeance for the homicide of 1 in their own."--Booklist

"A nice novel...there is a denouement that may surprise and circulation readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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Will ten hours never, never come to an end? " But in this moment Joh Fredersen's fingers were pressing the little blue metal plate and the voice of the great Metropolis. " said the mangled soul before the machine, which was like Ganesha. He smiled. He tasted a salty taste on his lips and did not know if it was from blood, sweat or tears. From out a red mist of long−flamed, drawn−out clouds, fresh men shuffled on towards him. His hand slipped from the lever and he collapsed. Arms pulled him up and led him away.

There came an agonized sigha sigh which would not come to an end. . The girl stood still. The bright little lamp which she held in her hand let its gleam play tremblingly about her feet. "Freder. . " Now her voice, too, was only a whisper. No answer. But, behind her, in the depths of the passage she would have to pass through, a gentle, gliding slink became perceptible: feet in soft shoes on rough stones. . That was. . yes, that was strange. Nobody, apart from her, ever came this way. Nobody could be here.

My beloved! How could the world have existed before you were? How must God have smiled when he created you! My heart CHAPTER V 39 Metropolis is shouting within me! cannot catch your words. . Be patient with me, gracious one, beloved! Without his being aware of it, drawn by an invisible unbreakable cord, he pushed himself forward on his knees, nearer and nearer to the shimmer which the girl's face, was to him. At last he was so near that he could have touched the hem of her dress with his outstretched hand.

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