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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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Absalom, Absalom! (1936)

by William Faulkner

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William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!" is definitely one of those books I can appreciate the merits of, without particularly enjoying reading it. All of Faulkner's half-finished sentences, crazy italicizing and general wordiness drove me nuts.

The story takes place in the Deep South, where a poor named Thomas Sutpen sets out to establish his legacy. Varying people give pieces of his story, which unfolds slowly layer by layer.

The story itself is pretty interesting and Faulkner's slow unveiling is also good.... but it was just a struggle to get through his due to the style it was written in. ( )
  amerynth | Jun 21, 2015 |
Intanto, chi era Assalonne? Era un personaggio biblico, terzo figlio di Re Davide, che tentò di usurpare il regno del padre. Questa è una informazione *fondamentale*, ragionando di Henry e Thomas - o degli altri.Poi, libri cosi' in giro per il mondo penso ce ne siano ben pochi. Per non sbagliare, ho appena acquistato 'L'urlo e il furore' - dimenticando di averne già una copia, letta 13 anni fa... Ancora, è come un sogno tridimensionale. Non c'è un inizio, o una fine. E' come entrare in una storia ad un certo punto, e sentirla raccontare da personaggi diversi, che narrano di tempi diversi, identificando le persone con pronomi (e quindi non sai mai chi cazzo è il soggetto...) *uguali*. Bisogna essere lucidi e attenti. Leggere a voce alta aiuta - ma allunga... Il senso di una sconfitta atavica, di una genealogia che si tramanda di generazione in generazione, senza remissione dei peccati. E l'idea della costruzione della trama appare solo nelle ultime pagine, quando un istinto masochistico ti suggerisce di re-iniziare da capo per comprederne appieno lo svolgimento evidente, e non in continua e lenta dischiusione. Un caleidoscopico e difficile (e soporifero, diciamolo) capolavoro di un grande uomo americano, tra l'altro. Un libro che oscura gli altri, per la sua possenza e intensità (cfr. Borges). ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
i only got halfway through this. i'll finish it sometime. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
i only got halfway through this. i'll finish it sometime. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
i only got halfway through this. i'll finish it sometime. ( )
  abbeyhar | Jul 23, 2014 |
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A poll of well over a hundred writers and critics, taken a few years back by Oxford American magazine, named William Faulkner’s “Absalom, Absalom!” the “greatest Southern novel ever written,” by a decisive margin
 

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From a little after two o'clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called the office because her father had called it that---
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“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.”

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The story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson 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." Faulkner's classic story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness, is now available in a corrected text Vintage Edition.… (more)

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