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By Ernest J. Gaines

ISBN-10: 0307830381

ISBN-13: 9780307830388

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation within the Seventies, A accumulating of previous Men is a robust depiction of racial tensions bobbing up over the loss of life of a Cajun farmer by the hands of a black man.

"Poignant, robust, earthy...a novel of Southern racial disagreement within 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 nice novel...there is a denouement that might surprise and flow readers up to it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

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The gold letters of its title gleamed in the light bleeding from the dome above. I drew near and caressed them with the tips of my fingers, reading to myself. THE SHADOW OF THE WIND JULIAN CARAX I had never heard of the title or the author, but I didn't care. The decision had been taken. I took the book down with great care and leafed through the pages, letting them flutter. Once liberated from its prison on the shelf, it shed a cloud of golden dust. Pleased with my choice, I tucked it under my arm and retraced my steps through the labyrinth, a smile on my lips.

I took the book down with great care and leafed through the pages, letting them flutter. Once liberated from its prison on the shelf, it shed a cloud of golden dust. Pleased with my choice, I tucked it under my arm and retraced my steps through the labyrinth, a smile on my lips. Perhaps the bewitching atmosphere of the place had got the better of me, but I felt sure that The Shadow of the Wind had been waiting there for me for years, probably since before I was born. That afternoon, back in the apartment on Calle Santa Ana, I barricaded myself in my room to read the first few lines.

Before I knew what was happening, I had fallen right into it. The novel told the story of a man in search of his real father, whom he had never known and whose existence was only revealed to him by his mother on her deathbed. The story of that quest became a ghostly odyssey in which the protagonist struggled to recover his lost youth, and in which the shadow of a cursed love slowly surfaced to haunt him until his dying breath. As it unfolded, the structure of the story began to remind me of one of those Russian dolls that contain innumerable diminishing replicas of itself inside.

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