By Ernest J. Gaines

ISBN-10: 0307830381

ISBN-13: 9780307830388

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation within the Nineteen Seventies, A accumulating of previous Men is a strong depiction of racial tensions coming 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 gaggle 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 might surprise and movement readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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Normally, she would have been involved in these preparations, but they happened to coincide with her two-day writing bout and the beginnings of the front-of-house construction. She vaguely knew that divorce was an affliction, but she did not regard it as a proper subject, and gave it no thought. It was a mundane unraveling that could not be reversed, and therefore offered no opportunities to the storyteller: it belonged in the realm of disorder. Marriage was the thing, or rather, a wedding was, with its formal neatness of virtue rewarded, the thrill of its pageantry and banqueting, and dizzy promise of lifelong union.

Powerful … at once strange and shattering and sublime…. The finest book yet by a writer of prodigious skills…. McEwan writes with abundant authority…. [He] has … told a story that reaffirms in every syllable our need for storytelling and its own transformative power…. It has passages so powerful and beautiful they make the heart race…. ” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World “A masterwork, a novel of artistry, power and truth that puts it among the most extraordinary works of fiction of the last decade….

She refreshed the flowers by plunging them into the fountain’s basin, which was full-scale, deep and cold, and avoided Robbie by hurrying round to the front of the house—it was an excuse, she thought, to stay outside another few minutes. ” An Adam-style house had stood here until destroyed by fire in the late 1880s. What remained was the artificial lake and island with its two stone bridges supporting the driveway, and, by the water’s edge, a crumbling stuccoed temple. Cecilia’s grandfather, who grew up over an ironmonger’s shop and made the family fortune with a series of patents on padlocks, bolts, latches and hasps, had imposed on the new house his taste for all things solid, secure and functional.

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