The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Author:Earnest J Gaines "This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has live 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman, Earnest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in 'The Sound and the Fury'. Miss Jane Pit... more »tman, like Dilsey, has 'endured,'has seen almost everything and foretold the rest.
Gaines's novel brings to mind other great works. The 'Odyssey' for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race, and 'Huckleberry Finn' for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story in it all."« less