Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

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The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of three of William Faulkner's greatest novels: The Sound and the Fury , As I Lay Dying , and Absalom, Absalom! We hope that they will provide you with new ways of thinking and talking about three works that stand as major landmarks in the history of modern American literature, works that exemplify Faulkner's bold stylistic and formal innovations, his creation of unforgettably powerful voices and characters, and his brilliant insight into the psychological, economic, and social realities of life in the South in the transition from the Civil War to the modern era. In their intellectual and aesthetic richness, these novels raise nearly endless possibilities for discussion. The questions below will necessarily be limited and are meant to open several, but certainly not all, areas of inquiry for your reading group.

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner
 
Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”



Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded pursuit of his grand design--to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830--which is ultimately destroyed by his own sons

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1986
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394556345
0394556348
9780679732181
0679732187
9780679600725
0679600728
Characteristics: 313 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm

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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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