Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

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In Absalom, Absalom!, first published in 1936, William Faulkner tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s with a French architect and a band of wild Haitian Negroes to wrest his fabulous mansion out from the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him." His tragedy left its impress not only on those who knew him personally, but also on those, like Quentin Compson, who are haunted, even into the twentieth century, by Sutpen's legacy of ruthlessness and his singleminded disregard of the human community.
Publisher: New York, NY : Vintage Books, c1986, 1987
Edition: Corrected text
ISBN: 9780394747750
Characteristics: 485 p. : map ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Polk, Noel


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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! .

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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