Granville Hicks (review date 17 August 1968)
Hicks, Granville. “Sounds of Soul.” Saturday Review (17 August 1968): 19-20.
[In the following review of Bloodline, Hicks praises the author's characterization and his ear for common speech while finding fault with some of the conclusions to the stories.]
Ernest J. Gaines, author of two novels, Catherine Carmier and Of Love and Dust, has now published a collection of short stories, Bloodline. All five of the stories concern Negroes in the South—probably in Gaines's native Louisiana. In the first story, “A Long Day in November,” a five-year-old boy presents a domestic comedy that is no comedy to him. In “The Sky Is Gray” it is...
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