|From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. From the Trade Paperback edition.|
|Author||Ernest J. Gaines|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
Average review score based on 16 user reviews
A Lesson before dying is a motivating, heart touching book! Schools across the nation should have this book in all the English classes! This heart touching novel is about a young innocent black man named Jefferson, which in the late 1940's, was convicted of multiple murders that he did not commit. While Jefferson is in jail a waiting for his time to come, his aunt convinces Grant, the local teacher to educate him.
Grant who doesn't care for Jefferson or anyone else rather than Vivian, his girlfriend, unwillingly accepts his aunt's plea to help Jefferson "become a man". Grant who himself is lost in the world grows closer with Jefferson. They come to understand each other and Grant learns from Jefferson,vise versa. I won't ruin the ending of the book for those who haven't read it yet. This is a great book that will be taught and read for generations to come.
This book has an interesting story. It is about an Innocent African-American guy, Jefferson, who's been guilty for robbery and murder. He was just in a wrong place at a wrong time. Jefferson's godmother wants him to die like a man, so they ask a teacher, Grant, to teach him to be like a man and not a "hog". And..........
It is a great book. (9.5 out of 10)
This is a marvelous book--It's such a good read; it's suspenseful, deals with human emotions and I can't wait to see how it ends. It captures the way races were interacting many years ago; and I suppose to some extent, still do today. The bottom line is that we are all human beings and we all deserve to be treated with dignity.
What a difference it is; reading a classic vs. a romance novel. My son was an English major in college and he loves the classics. This is one he wanted for his collection. Soooo, I had to read it, too. Guess you never stop being a mom. Carol S
Well I bought the book because I was looking for a movie to watch and I stunpled across the movie Lesson Before Dying. Well I didnt watch the movie but I obviously read the book. The book teaches that of sacrifice of one person to make a bigger group of people and how ultimately it males that one better! Easy read wasn't boring.
requirement for english class but enjoyed reading it....I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys reading novels....i thought the book would be boring but it actually captured my attention