Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man.
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I may not be the best judge here but...
I was assigned this book for class work (I bought it on my own accord but that is beside the point) so I really didn't know what to expect. After reading it, I can't really say that I have walked away with much of anything more than I started with. The book feels like it could have been 1/5 the length, seeing as how the entire story consists of only 3 different events: the gathering of people, the fight, and the trial. Of those three, the gathering and discussion take up 95% of the book. I also couldn't keep half of the characters straight, many of them not even being worth remembering since they star in a grand total of 3 pages or less. There was way too much piled on and it just left me confused. There are a lot of questions I have about this book and many of them are simply about the writing style, not the content.
All that said, the story was interesting enough, but I don't think I would ever recommend this to anyone unless they were researching Black/White history.