New PDF release: A Gathering of Old Men

By Ernest J. Gaines

ISBN-10: 0307830381

ISBN-13: 9780307830388

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation within the Nineteen Seventies, A collecting of previous Men is a robust depiction of racial tensions bobbing 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 during 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 positive novel...there is a denouement that would surprise and circulate readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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You think not? " Still, I couldn't float there gossiping all day. I encased the Amulet with a Charm, rendering it temporarily small and giving it the appearance of a drifting cobweb. Then I sank through a knothole in the nearest plank, snaked as a vapor through the empty floor space, and in spider guise crawled cautiously out of a crack in the ceiling of the room below. I was in a deserted bathroom. Its door was open; I scurried toward it along the plaster as fast as eight legs could carry me.

So, demons are the great secret. Common people know of their existence and know that we can commune with them—that is why they fear us so! But they do not realize the full truth, which is that all our power derives from demons. Without their aid we are nothing but cheap conjurors and charlatans. Our single great ability is to summon them and bend them to our will. If we do it correctly they must obey us. If we make but the slightest error, they fall upon us and tear us to shreds. It is a fine line that we walk, boy.

Underwood, Nathaniel's homesickness began to fade. Memory of his distant parents dimmed and the pain inside him grew ever less, until he had almost forgotten its existence. A strict routine of work and study helped with this process: it took up nearly all his time and 35 left him little space to brood. On weekdays, the routine began with Mrs. Underwood rousing him with a double rap on his bedroom door. "Tea outside, on the step. " This call was a ritual stemming from one morning, when, on his way downstairs to the bathroom, Nathaniel had charged out of his bedroom in a befuddled state, made precise contact between foot and mug, and sent a tidal wave of hot tea crashing against the landing wall.

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