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A Lesson Before Dying

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Based on Ernest J. Gaines' National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man.

The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his hometown after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson's. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's fate.

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    Kassie Kansas City, MO, USA 03-01-07
    Kassie Kansas City, MO, USA 03-01-07
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    "Great Play"

    One of the best LA Theatre Works has done. It made me cry. I definitely recommend this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    devnill 09-13-16
    devnill 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Two chapters"

    There was only two chapters of the book. I don't know if it was because of the free trial or what.

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    B. A. Warden LA, California US 01-21-16
    B. A. Warden LA, California US 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story destroyed by a ham fisted performance"

    The story is a great one. The lead teacher character has a false 'voice of authority' affectation. It's horrible. The other actors are good.

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    Amazon Customer 02-17-15
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made A Lesson Before Dying better?

    Record a pure, exact reading by the author or an expert reader, rather than a disappointingly boring dramatization (if you can call it that). I have just listened to Toni Morrison reading The Bluest Eye.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I LOVE the book; it's the reading I have a problem with.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep supplying readings.

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    John St. Louis, MO, USA 11-17-08
    John St. Louis, MO, USA 11-17-08
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    "Well done"

    I loved this, because i personally love it when i can imagine different characters. This was very visual. I would listen to another book like this in a heartbeat

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