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A Gathering of Old Men | [Ernest J. Gaines, Sally Darling]

A Gathering of Old Men

When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?
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Stirring, heroic, and wonderfully laced with the musical languages of the Bayou, Ernest J. Gaines - the foremost voice in contemporary African American literature - adds another breathtaking saga to his canon with A Gathering of Old Men.

When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?

Building to a climax that is as stunning as it is inevitable, A Gathering of Old Men powerfully describes the racial tensions in 1970s Louisiana. Narrators Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods, Sally Darling, Graham Brown, Murphy Guyer, Tom Stechschulte, and Mark Hammer bring Gaines' masterful prose to vivid life.

©1992 Ernest J. Gaines; (P)1996 Recorded Books

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    Ernest Gaines' true narrative tale is wonderfully engaging as told by any number of its cast of characters. As such, it lends itself perfectly to actual narration which is beautifully handled by the cast of narrators here! There is much to ponder and learn in this surprisingly complex mystery tale, so share this with an intelligent friend or two.

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