I didn't DISlike it, either. African-American Writers. His writing was declamatory and very clear. This website uses cookies to provide you with the best browsing experience. The recorded tale, with editing, then becomes The Autobiography of Miss Jane. It wasn't easy at first, but once you got introduced to Miss Jane Pittman the rest was easy. Jane Pittman was a slave which author Ernest J. Gaines wrote about in his book, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She also tries in vain to prevent the death of her husband Joe, as her dreams foreshadow him being fatally thrown from a stallion. While it kept my interest for the first half of the book, near the end I started to lose interest.

In a conversation with Jane, he describes that they all killed Tee Bob because of their adherence to racial regulations beyond which Tee Bob could see. I will be reading more of his work. The assertion that “Miss Jane’s story is all of their stories, and their stories are Miss Jane’s” (viii) is founded, as her experiences largely ring true for an entire community, and reflect the true state of the American South during Slavery and its aftermath. The next day Jane is interviewed by a journalist and she tells the story of her life. 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. The first morning away, a group of "Patrollers," local white trash who used to hunt slaves, comes upon them and kills everyone but Jane and a very young boy Ned, whom they did not find. She represents courage, fortitude, and determination. How could you not love a character, a woman, so enduring? A rough read about what it was like for those freed by the emancipation proclamation and what life after included. July 1st 1982

Excellent! By developing the character of Albert Cluveau, Gaines demonstrates the complexity of the men who often performed violent acts in the south. Here, he again makes reference to the idea of Miss Jane’s autobiography offering up an alternative teaching of history, but also notes that she does not neglect her personal memories in a bid to communicate a wider scope of historic black experience.

The movement promoted ideas of black collectiveness, much like the idea that “Miss Jane’s story is all of their stories, and their stories are Miss Jane’s” (viii). He rants and raves for years because he thinks that the devil is coming for him.

I was reminded of 'The Odyssey', 'Little Big Man', 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All', and other novels that use this form, but Miss Jane Pittman's voice might be the most memorable of them all. In February, 1962, as the civil rights movement reaches Bayonne, Louisiana, a New York journalist arrives to interview Jane Pittman, who has just turned 110.

I've read lots of interesting books about this time period.

This is an EXCEPTIONAL historical fiction book written in an autobiographical style. Furthermore, the death of her mother at the hands of her white master emanates the commonplace brutality inflicted on victims of slavery, and the subsequent orphaning of their children. After Ned's death, Cluveau hides from Jane. By doing this, she reclaims her right to self-definition whilst all the while communicating the forgotten and unheard black perspective of the American South. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a 1974 American television film based on the novel of the same name by Ernest J. Gaines.The film was broadcast on CBS.. Though, the subject matter was dark, the book itself wasn't dark. It is tempting to argue that Gaines’s fictional rendering of a black, Southern woman’s autobiography is primarily a portrayal of the wider black Southern experience, as opposed to the telling of her individual experience. Jane wants to go to Ohio to find Corporal Brown. Ernest J. Gaines’s now-classic 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 1960s. The historical ... Прочетете пълната рецензия, "This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. Indeed, the story told by Gaines through the eyes of Miss Jane is largely reflective of the common lives of black people in the American South, suggesting that it is indeed true that “Miss Jane’s story is all of their stories and their stories are Miss Jane’s” (v).

Despite Colonel Dye's attempts to keep them, Joe and Jane soon move to a ranch near the Texas-Louisiana border where Joe has found a job breaking horses. Miss Jane Pittman.