By Ernest J. Gaines
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 dying of a Cajun farmer by the hands of a black guy.
"Poignant, robust, 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 advantageous novel...there is a denouement that might surprise and circulate readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer
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Au contraire: What other rejoinder when one hails from a place that, as ontological state, is and is not itself, when “to go home” is “to be nowhere” (McGuckian 2004, 68)? ”—as he did. The paradox of a blind, dumb query matches realities of political life. And his circuitous Au contraire mimics gestures recognizable in literature of the North. The Northern Irish subject is, like Beckett, everywhere “assumed” British—is that, legally, and yet, he or she is Irish, materially, exclusively, and by birth.
Endgame opens “with the perception that it is ‘Finished,’ that the play is simply a spectral duration in the heartland of the end” (Boxall 315). The action occurs inside a complex structure housing “Corpsed” characters (1986, 106); it functions as an interface separating them from the menacing world beyond as from looming death: “Outside of here it’s death” (96). The characters of Endgame dwell in the interval between life and death, with the house as metasymbol. Complicating the play’s spectrality and representation of the nation are “ashbins” in which the characters Nagg and Nell reside, bizarre borders inside a broken, scrimmed meta-structure set in a barren region.
Grief” (Ellis 40). Like Muldoon and McGuckian, he wrote not only toward but “through” death (Boxall 303), his characters “‘speak in postmortem voices’ that outlast themselves” (Ibid, quoting Coetzee) and “[hover] over the dead and dying” (Estrin 344). Parsing the unique strands of Northern Irish literary poetics, we recognize Beckettian registers in form, craft, language, and content. Regardless of genre or background of the author, writing features Beckettian protagonists, speakers skulked by deathly apparitions or located at deadly crossings, texts that work against themselves at the level of form.
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines