Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

Book - 1972
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The story of an old Southern tragedy which befalls the Sutpen family. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1972.
ISBN: 9780394717807
0394717805
Characteristics: 386 p. :,ill., maps ;,19 cm.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2020

"You see, I never saw him. I never even saw him dead. I heard an echo, but not the shot."
Most would agree that "The Sound and the Fury" is Faulkner's masterpiece, while "Light in August" or "Go Down Moses" are his more accessible great novels. Others might favor his short stories like "A Rose for Emily " or "The Bear." I think his 1936 novel may be his greatest achievement and, by extension, one of the great American novels. Did I understand it? No, not really, but that almost makes it better. The title is a Biblical reference.

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luketenhage
Apr 11, 2018

Faulkner, it's great that we've been reunited at last. He was one of my great favorites during high school. This novel was one that I had foolishly decided to "save" for the future.

This novel is impossible to sum up or review. It is an unceasing torrent of genius prose. It's a great work of peak modernism. And like all the best works of modernism, the reader is left exhausted at the end. And you know Faulkner is a great writer when a novel such as this is the weakest of those you have read. Go Down, Moses , The Sound and the Fury and most off all, As I Lay Dying , tower above Absalom, Absalom! .

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SeattleSaul
Jul 24, 2014

I wish I could recommend this to general readers but I find it almost unreadable. The story is told rather than developed and in overly verbose terms. Dialog, character introduction, development, goal-seeking, etc. are obfuscated in the weighty vocabulary display of Faulkner. The literati love this sort of thing, but ordinary readers may find it ponderous and uninteresting. By comparison, "As I Lay Dying" and "The Sound and the Fury" are examples of clarity and interesting stories. My sincere apologies to the memory of a great American writer.

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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it!

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