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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed edition (October 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067978165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679781653
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In these five stories, Gaines returns to the cane fields, sharecroppers' shacks, and decaying plantation houses of Louisiana, the terrain of his great novels A Gathering of Old Men and A Lesson Before Dying. As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.

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A Long Day in November

The Sky Is Gray

Three Men

Bloodline

Just Like a Tree

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This is a great collection of short stories.
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His characters are realistic, deftly drawn, and full of surprising depth.
Christopher J. Helvey
You feel as if you are in the time and place.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beryl Kalisa on November 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Bloodline is an excellent collection of 5 short stories that describe interesting plantation life in rural Louisana. As usual,Mr. Gaines, brings dignity , respect, and admiration to the ordianry African American characters. None of the characters are victims who are wise, who understand the system that has been designe to keep them oprreseed. In the genius understanding, they weave the situation sot hat they are clearly the winners even though the oppressors never recognize it. Above all, Mr. Gaines portrays African American males as real men inspite of the odds they encounter. This is a wonderful read and is a must. I have read Catherine Carmier(love it) and Lessons Before Dyinng. Plan to read The Gathering of Old Men and Of Love snd Dust next.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1998
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Although Ernest Gaines manipulates the subjects of his former novels into this novel, it accurately portrays a side of southern life which extends beyond the general theme of racism. In addition to depicting honorable morals, Gaines portrays the black race as a generally honorable people. Despite shortcomings and tribulation, the main characters of the novel produce an honorable aura about man and his accepted levels of change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Invisible Man on October 4, 2005
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I was going for a Ph.D. in philosophy and wanted to be a professor until I read this book. I dropped out of the graduate program and started to write fiction.

This book of short fiction is dark and haunting. The first two stories are the best (A Long Day in November and The Sky is Gray). The stories are simple with a lot of social commentaries of rural Louisiana life. Both deal with black kids trying to make it in a white world.

This is a fine collection of stories by a young writer crafting his voice. The writing is simple--one can see the influence of Hemingway--yet there are a lot of social commentaries and subtle psychological insights that Gaines would later hone to perfection. Buy this book. The first two stories are classics and should be read by all people.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ethel M. Powers on May 21, 2000
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Mr. Gaines writes aboout places and people who my family readily recognizes. We are first generation Californians and our family base is in Louisiana. All the places,faces and social situations are so familiar that in my lit class I was able to answer questions from other students. This book is wonderful reading. If you want a sense of Louisiana without the travel time, read anything written by Ernest Gaines.
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By Daisy on June 26, 2014
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I absolutely love this author. The stories are so interesting. You feel as if you are in the time and place. I have at least four of his books. A couple i've purchased twice because i reread and lend. Amazing story teller.
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Ernest J. Gaines must be acknowledged as one of the masters of the long short story. In Bloodline he is in top form. In the few pages each story encompasses, Gaines reveals a world many of us have never seen--the world of poor black people only a few decades ago. His characters are realistic, deftly drawn, and full of surprising depth. His language is the language of the people, and it rings true. If you don't read anything else this year, read "Bloodline" and "A Long Day in November" from this collection.
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