I wanted to see on paper the true reason why those black fathers left home--not because they were trifling or shiftless--but because they were tired of putting up with certain conditions. The library was two stories tall. I will now read anything I decided against an afternoon at a fantastic art museum in favor of finishing this book! Done gived us food, done cleaned us clothes, done cleaned us soul. The characters are colorful and filled with life, and I was impressed by the dialogue, which is something that can make or break a book for me. A355 G3 1983 A Gathering of Old Men is a novel by published in. Scar on the Face of America I would like to see these statues, both Union and Confederate, taken down and their molten bronzes poured on the earth to spread as a scar. Beau died, they explain, for their past sufferings.
As the hours tick by, though, these men as well as the would-be lynch mob learn--reluctantly and with a considerable fight--that times have changed, that being a man requires something other than beating down someone else. The Cajun farmers' farming tactics changed as time went on. The reclaiming of masculinity by the men in the novel can be regarded, symbolically, as the renewal of any person or any group which seeks to finally reaffirm its power after a period, perhaps even a protracted period, of suppression and duress. The novel's key characters on the cover. There, one white woman and about 18 armed, old black men go nose-to-nose with the sheriff and his inept deputy over the death of a Cajun farmer. But it is something that comes as no surprise considering Gaines' childhood.
Miss Merle does not believe her, but agrees to help. It is also very much a book about loyalty and the courage to stand up for your friends, your beliefs, and yourself. Most of the old men are pretty upset, because they'd been secretly loading fresh ammo into their shotguns this whole time, and were planning on either taking Fix out, or going down in a blaze of glory. Charlie returns before they depart and confesses that he murdered Beau because the man had threatened him. It is set in the late 70s in that far south part of Louisiana where sugar cane grows on the dry spots and Cajuns fish in all the bayous. Later, for example, Gable reveals his son is killed for the false accusation for rape on a white woman and Coot talks about his war experiences.
Once again, Candy attempts to draw blame for the crime, but the Sheriff dismisses her, instead questioning the group of men who have gathered at the scene of the crime. After his death, members of the community pay tribute to Charlie by touching his body. I've also listened to the wonderful Audible edition of the novel. Within a few hours, eighteen men have gathered at Mathu's house. Listening to each of them is reminiscent of the chorus of a Greek tragedy. I used to love teaching Ernest Gaines' short stories with freshmen and seniors years ago.
I also consider him to lack the recognition he deserves as an American writer. Charlie has spent the day hiding in the swamps, but felt called back to confess and show that he is truly a man. By the time Gaines was nine he was picking cotton on the plantation. The wounded officer remains down in the front of the house while a shootout ensues between the old men and the white mob. I enjoyed the social commentary of the book and the depth of the characters, but to be honest that's about it. This is turn destroys the old men's pasts.
Candy decides that the best course of action would be to bring all the local men to Mathu's house with as many twelve gauge shotguns and empty shells as possible. This is a great read; I give it 5 out of 5 stars. 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. It is an amazing book, especially so because of the deft, multifaceted approach it takes in attacking the subject of racism. When the sheriff demands to know who is to blame, each and every older gentleman claims he was the culprit. He moved the plantation church on to his property. The Sheriff decides that the only culprit could be Mathu because Mathu is the only black man who has ever demonstrated the strength to stand up to local whites.
He visits the Marshall Plantation where he sees the gathering of old black men with guns. All the men who gather are there to claim they each killed Boutan. Things ain't changed that much round here. He searched for novels set in farm country, the closest he could come to the life of his young years. The Sheriff knows that Charlie, who is not present, works most closely with Beau, but believes that Charlie is too weak to have committed the act.
The attainment of manhood lies as the center of A Gathering of Old Men. Gaines to my list of favourite authors. When each man arrives on the porch, gun in hand, they await the sheriff and the local near do wells who will seek revenge. Overall, this had many things I appreciate in a book: good writing, convincing and interesting characters, and a deep and meaningful theme that prompts me to see an issue in a new or slightly different light. As the Sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her daring defense of this group of men, provoking racial tension that makes a compelling drama. This is a novel of hope, found strength, and courage.