A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

By Ernest J. Gaines

  • Release Date: 1993-03-23
  • Genre: African American
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 290 Ratings)

Book Information

From the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman comes a deep and compassionate novel, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. A young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to teach visits a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting. 

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Recent Reviews

  • An American classic

    5
    By Judystep
    More powerful and important than Uncle Toms Cabin. The very greatest of Black American literature.
  • Amazing

    4
    By Trealure
    Highly recommend! I had to read this book for school and I REALLY enjoyed it.
  • The best

    5
    By Great sudoku player
    I've read six books throughout the summer and this was by far the bet one. Great way to finish my summer reading
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    5
    By Higcaigcsei
    I would recommend this book to anyone.. It truly opened my eyes to life. I have learned a great deal from this book. It's one of those books that when brought up in a conversation your only reply is "Ill never forget it". Thank you Mr.Gaines !
  • Great book

    5
    By Tanner Stockton
    Tells a beautiful story of how the souths culture was
  • Book

    2
    By missnewhaven
    The book is very hard I have to read it for school it's a little boring but it gets better
  • A Lesson Before Dying

    3
    By dbdawgs
    Great story, really loved the different characters.
  • A Must Read!

    5
    By JamesĀ®
    It's one of those books that will challenge your views, beliefs and ideals...in a good way. It's one of those books that you will revisit one day and bring back memories of years past. Read it and you'll know.