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An important story with a dull delivery
on July 15, 2010
This book is often compared with To Kill A Mockingbird. They both deliver lessons of the inherent injustice of racially defined societal hierarchies. The insecure obtuse nature of whites makes life a discouraging grind for blacks. This book delivers that message well. It also makes another point clear. Young black men with potential face a choice of staying local in a certain futility of trying to make a positive change or they escape and abandon their friends and family to another generation of discouragement. The point of the book is clear but that clarity is so direct that the book is rendered somewhat dull. Harper Lee delivers similar messages with the type of irony and lovable characters that are the artistic means of great story telling. Ernest J. Gaines delivers this story with a blunt hammer, hence my assessment of 'Important but dull'.