Of Love and Dust

Of Love and Dust

by Ernest J. Gaines


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This is the story of Marcus: bonded out of jail where he has been awaiting trial for murder, he is sent to the Hebert plantation to work in the fields. There he encounters conflict with the overseer, Sidney Bonbon, and a tale of revenge, lust and power plays out between Marcus, Bonbon, Bonbon’s mistress Pauline, and Bonbon’s wife Louise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679752486
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/1994
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 348,096
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ernest Gaines was born on a plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near New Roads, Louisiana, which is the Bayonne of all his fictional works. He is a writer-in-residence emeritus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gaines received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993 for his lifetime achievements; was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s highest decorations, in 1996; and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. He and his wife, Dianne, live in Oscar, Louisiana.

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Of Love and Dust 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When people are reduced to the barest minimum of existence, some are grateful for the little they have while others feel that flying in the face of danger means nothing to them. This story showcases the two extremes, people who cherish a peaceful existence, and two others who risk it all, including others' peaceful lives, for excitement and the glimpse of a possible better life. The cruelty and baseness of life on this plantation is offset by the kindness and decency of some who live there.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quiet and smooth novel of debilitation, defiance, and hope. For fans of Gaines' more recent work such as A Lesson Before Dying, the themes and racial tensions here will be recognized, though stylistically Of Love and Dust clearly comes from a less experienced writer. Still, though the writing here is slightly less mature than Gaines' readers might expect, the story is as powerful as ever, and his characters just as much a drive to tension and story. This is a quiet worthwhile journey. Recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book to read