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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Ernest J Gaines has given us a fictional autobiography of a woman who has attained legendary status in literature, and in film history as well Miss Jane lived through black history, first as a slave in Louisiana, then as a strong, courageous woman trying to maintain her sense of worth and dignity while being treated as less than human by white southerners The journey took her from being set free as a slave at 10 years old through 100 years, from reconstruction to the Civil Rights era, at which time she set herself free by deciding to march in a protest rally.This is just the second Gaines book I have read I intend to get to them all because he makes me see a side of race relations that has escaped me by forcing me to confront the reality of the issues instead of the myths That's quite an accomplishment for an author.I have to mention one passage that drew goosebumps Miss Jane is describing the floods of 1927, the levees that failed because white men thought they could control the rivers by force, and the lasting damage that was done Now he's built his concrete spillways to control the water But one day the water will break down his spillways just like it broke through the levee That little Frenchman was long dead when the water broke his levee in '27, and these that built the spillways will be long dead, too, but the water will never die That same water the Indians used to believe in will run free again You just wait and see.This book was written in 1971, almost 35 years before Hurricane Katrina But Miss Jane knew, she surely did. The author using the guise of an autobiography, has Miss Jane Pittman, who lives to be around 110, telling her story and it's quite an interesting one as she lived through being a slave, to emancipation, and on through to the civil rights era I think I read this first in Junior Highschool , that's probably why it reminded me of a school assignment It has it's dramatic moments but overall Jane comes across as a bit unemotional and the book generally lacked the detail I wantedof I also didn't like the 10 year skips in the dialogue I've read lots of interesting books about this time period This was good, but not great for me 3 stars Miss Jane Pittman is a spunky survivor, a strong black woman over 100 years old She narrates the story of her life from her days as a slave, after emancipation, and during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement In a Missouri Review interview in 1999, Ernest J Gaines said that he grew up on a plantation in Louisiana around his handicapped aunt and other older people who visited her Jane is a fictional character based on the kinds of experiences those people might have gone through, using their vocabulary and the dialects he could remember from his childhood He also used slave narratives in researching her story.The role of the strong black man also comes through in the book Jane's husband, Joe Pittman, proves his manhood by breaking the toughest horses Jane acts as a mother figure to both Ned and Jimmy, strong men who take huge personal risks in protesting against the discrimination of blacks.As a slave Jane never learned to read and write, so the premise is that a teacher is taping her oral narrative Jane is spirited and witty in spite of having faced many challenges and losing people she loved The author is a master of dialogue with a warm conversational style The reader feels like they are spending an afternoon in Louisiana talking with the wonderful Miss Jane Pittman.Interesting interview with Ernest J Gaines about writing his early books and teaching creative writing: How does one write a novel that encompasses the entire black experience from slavery to the Civil Rights Era? Well, if the author is Ernest J Gaines then you tell it through the eyes of someone who lived through it all begins with Ticey, a ten or eleven yearold slave girl who assumes a new name, Jane, at the advice of a Yankee soldier It ends almost 100 years later when Jane, now Miss Jane Pittman, becomes witness to the birth of a new era of freedom This is a story that one thinks one knows, even if they haven’t read it I had it in the back of my mind for years that I had read this book or at least seen the movie but the truth is I had not Maybe I had seen or read similar stories butlikely I just thought I knew how such a story would go While this may be so, Miss Jane’s narration provided quite a few insights that I had never considered before and offered a unique point of view It is a challenge to tell 100 years of history in under 300 pages and there are places where the pace gets a little choppy but this is to be expected considering the plot device put forth in the introduction Gaines, as the editor has compiled and put together from many hours of recordings of interviews with Jane and her friends 4.5 stars I love Gaines easy writing style One the best protagonist in southern literature Excellent! I read this as a schoolboy and was captivated by it I’d like to read his A Lesson Before Dying, which is said to be his master work. Miss Jane Pittman She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice Ernest J Gaines’s nowclassic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss Jane’s remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the s It is a story of courage and survival, history, bigotry, and hope—as seen through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all A historical tour de force, a triumph of fiction, Miss Jane’s eloquent narrative brings to life an important story of race in America—and stands as a landmark work for our time [Reading] ➷ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen – Lavons.co.uk a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Lavons.co.uk dignity ❮Reading❯ ➷ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Lavons.co.uk and justice Ernest J Gaines’s nowclassic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss Jane’s remarkable life [EPUB] ✰ On a Day Like This ✶ Peter Stamm – Lavons.co.uk from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantation to the Civil Rights era of the s It is a story of courage and survival ➾ [Download] ➾ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ➳ – Lavons.co.uk history [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Lavons.co.uk bigotry [BOOKS] ⚦ Secrecy By Rupert Thomson – Lavons.co.uk and hope—as seen through the eyes of a woman who lived through it all A historical tour de force ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ The Silence and the Roar ⚣ Author Nihad Sirees – Lavons.co.uk a triumph of fiction ❮Read❯ ➮ Hard Country ➲ Author Robin Robilliard – Lavons.co.uk Miss Jane’s eloquent narrative brings to life an important story of race in America—and stands as a landmark work for our time I am kind of stingy with my ratings I would make it a 2 1/2 if I could, because it was better than okay but I didn't quite like it I didn't DISlike it, either After reading The Help, I wanted to read somehistorical fiction taking place during the Civil Rights Movement This biography was suggested to me by the librarian, and it was a pretty easy read It followed the life of Jane Pittman from her childhood as a slave through emancipation, trying to get out of Louisiana, then as an adult working on a plantation (still in Louisiana,) and ended up with her over 100 years old (still in Louisiana) becoming a civil rights activist Jane was a sassy lady, and although I never fell in love with her, I do admire her ability to carry on and survive so many hardships that I can only imagine (by reading books like these.) I wish there had been a littleemotion in this biography There were plenty of heartwrenching stories told (mothers being murdered, babies being murdered, sons being murdered, suicide, etc.) but yet my heart never wrenched I'm left wondering if Jane was really devoid of too much emotion (surely a blessing) or if the writing just couldn't carry it through. This powerful autobiography was the catalyst that lead me to readingslave narrative in the late 90's. Every since I was a little girl I have had a strange obsession with the past 19th century black slavery is my favorite era, than 1940's, than 1960's I love the Harlem Renaissance, I love all things civil rights, but it's something about 19th century slavery Cabins, white women dresses with the petticoat underneath, dirt roads, the big house, horse and buggies for cars, the dialect, the stories, and most importantly the messages My mother's exboyfriend forced me to watch the entire miniseries of Roots as a punishment for something I did that I can't recollet when I was nine years old The joke was on him when I looked forward to the next episode refusing to go outside and play with the other kids because I wanted to rewatch the whole series I don't know what my fascination was with Roots and slavery at such a young age It was the very first slave film I'd ever watched It may have been the first show that wasn't a cartoon that I'd ever watched! But that began my 20 year obsession with the past Eager to findfilms like Roots, I checked The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman out at the library on vhs I loved it just as much as roots Extremely fascinated, I think I may have been the only nine year old girl watching slave movies because I wanted to and not as a punishment or class assignment in February So here it is 20 years later and I finally read the book So disappointing Firstly, at nine years old I knew that the word 'autobiography' meant a true story narrated by the actual person i.e Miss Jane Pittman I accepted for years that this was a true story How missleading of Gaines Probably a sales tactic Anyway, it wasn't until I read the back of the book in the synopsis and seen it refers to the story as fiction is when I felt as devestated as a child who learned the easter bunny isn't real and Mommy and Daddy has been lying to you for years! (yes, I know I was way too attached to Miss Jane Pittman).What else I didn't like about this story, she wasn't relateable Gaines did an awful job with developing Miss Jane Pittman's character There was no plot line (which would be acceptable in the storytelling of a REAL autobioghrapy but not in a FICTION novel)! The writing style was so elementary and mundane How did such a mediocre book become so famous is beyond me, even for the early 70's! This was epic fail I couldn't even get past 100 pages once I realized I didn't really care what happened to Miss Jane or even Ned for that matter.


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About the Author: Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J Gaines was a novelist, short story writer, and teacher Born to a sharecropping family, Ernest James Gaines was picking cotton in the fields by age nine and only attended school five or six months a year When he was fifteen, he moved to California to join his mother and stepfather, because his Louisiana parish had no high school for African Americans It was in California that he began