Until now, they have been afraid to take a stand and establish their manhood in a society that has thought of them as subordinates. In another amazing novel by Ernest Gaines, we witness and fall in love with the characters who come from the pages and wrap you up in their stories and in their strong arms. He visits the Marshall Plantation where he sees the gathering of old black men with guns. Each of them reaches into his deepest self and emerges as his ow Written in a simple and straightforward fashion, this book is anything but simple in its message and impact. The incident is an opportunity for the old men to finally stand up against the white establishment that has oppressed them for their entire lives. Destined to be one of my top reads for 2012, this is a powerful tale of the deep south and the terrible bigotry that existed in the 1970's. Everyone at the plantation believes that he will soon arrive once again to seek revenge, especially since the murdered man, Beau, is his son.
Meanwhile, the dead man's family is gathering their supporters to form a lynch mob to take care of the problem themselves. The white sheriff needs to determine who killed the guy. 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. It stars as Sheriff Mapes , as Mathu , as Candy , as Clatoo , and as Lou Dimes. In the meantime, they wait for a lynch mob that the dead man's father—like the son, a notorious brute—is sure to launch. The watching men respond by all physically lining up so that the Sheriff can easily hit them all. The novel is set in Louisiana in the 1970's, and it involves a white man being shot.
I was really lukewarm about Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, but really enjoyed A Gathering of Old Men. My son had to write a paper comparing one of the minor characters, Russell, to Oskar Schindler. This is what I believe. When he walks through the old cemetery he cannot find the grave of the aunt who raised him. So if age were a headcount, the twenty or so gathering would number in the thousands. So if age were a headcount, the twenty or so gathering would number in the thousands. The old black men grab live shotgun shells that they have been hiding in their pockets and start shooting at the whites.
The issues the story would like to cover are just too deep to fit into a 90-minute movie. I am not alone in my belief. Back at the plantation, Sheriff Mapes has found out that Fix is not coming. I will now read anything I decided against an afternoon at a fantastic art museum in favor of finishing this book! The end was also too abrupt. Before they leave however, Charlie returns.
It fully captures the flavor of Gaines' use of multiple narrators. What ensues is a taut novel as local Sheriff Mapes attempts to deal with all these old men and Candy Marshall, each who claim to have killed Beau Boutan. I must confess that I felt compelled to suspend disbelief that this many men could form a brave, unified front as a call to action without one voice of dissent other than the old preacher, whom one would expect to advocate non-violence. A few hours later, literally every male member of the Black community around Marshall has shown up at Mathu's house, along with a few women and children, including Candy herself. Within a few hours, eighteen men have gathered at Mathu's house. This article about a 1980s novel is a. For the Sheriff, Mathu is the only man who is man enough to murder.
That is, it won't unless each us takes a stand and joins in the fight to end it once and for all. Each of the 18 men and say he did it, and so does the woman, but the sheriff believes he knows who is responsible. At the trial's end, Mathu disappears with the other black men in a car, while Candy lingers on the courthouse steps with Lou. The two players rely upon one another for their success. These old men have grown up in a time of extreme racism and have been victims of violence and discrimination. Sheriff Mapes is but one of a score of memorable characters in A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J.
I didn't particularly like the language, some of it was very repetitive and I'm sure the reason for it was some This is a tale of a dead white men in 1970s Louisiana on a sugarcane plantation and all the black men in the quarter who decided that today, today they were going to stick together for this cause. However, as he entered college he was well aware of the Civil Rights Movement. Calling upon his childhood growing up in the Louisiana sugar cane fields, Gaines takes us into the world of rural blacks in the deep south. All but one of ' works are set in and around Bayonne, Louisiana. It attacks the way racism plays with our fears. That answer may shock you.
He lived in a small cabin among many others that at one time had been slave quarters. Before it is over, everyone involved has been surprised by something: the old black men not least of all, by their first taste of power and pride. It's just another quiet day near Marshall Plantation. A black man has killed a white landowner, supposedly in self-defense, but the whole truth and nothing but the truth is known by no one, allowing racial tensions to escalate into almost certain violence. It was the admission of James Meredith to Ole Miss that sparked in Gaines the need to return to Louisiana. A powerful book with an important message about racism in the deep South.