A Lesson Before Dying is about a man who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, convicted of murder and robbery, and sentenced to death. He wasn’t taught much as a kid, so his Aunt hires him a teacher, named Grant, who quickly becomes his best friend.
I would give this book a 2/5, because it can be complicated at times when the characters are talking, due to them not knowing how to talk.
Jefferson, an uneducated black man in the 1940’s, is unknowing placed into a robbery which resulted in the deaths of 3 men. He is convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to death. He is very depressed at first, when Grant starts visiting him, but they become friends but not without trails.
This is a sad book. There is not a lot of exciting content in this book but there is the transformation of man. If you like books that are about human relationships, you would love this book.
Rating: 4 stars
1. Metamorphosis by Kafka
2. The Old Man by William Faulkner
A Lesson Before Dying is about a black man who is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. This man’s godmother and Grant’s aunt force Grant, a teacher, to teach Jefferson, the convicted man, one last lesson: How to be a man when he walks up to the electric chair.
This book wasn’t the best book I have read, but it also wasn’t the worst. It went a little slow for my liking, and at some points it was kind of hard to understand.