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As I Lay Dying (1930)

by William Faulkner

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One of William Faulkner's finest novels, "As I lay dying" was originally published in 1930, and remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, it vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of the great invented landscapes in all of literature, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark.… (more)
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9 day journey to bury Addie Bundren
  ritaer | Jul 4, 2020 |
Worth reading for the dark humor alone. The final scene, especially, is a wonderful payoff, a punch line building since the first page. Unlike a lot of Faulkner, most of the prose is straightforward. Also, the characters are likable, smaller in scope than most of Faulkner's characters that I've read, more human. ( )
  James_Maxey | Jun 29, 2020 |
Beholden to none
going home for the last time
buzzards in her wake. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
In heart of near every member of the Bundren family poverty, self-pity, and bitterness eat like an ulcerous canker. They are as dysfunctional a family as the Earnshaws of Wuthering Heights, but dirt poor. Their rural neighbors, including the slightly more well to do town dwellers, are about the same. Christian duty becomes a ready excuse for self-justification and pride. Illicit liaisons and other family secrets and never shared, but insults and curses are frequently exchanged when tempers flare. And they flare a lot after the death of Addie, the emotionally cold matriarch of the Bundren clan, and the rest of them set off on an ill-fated trek to bury her in her hometown forty miles away. It’s a tale that unfolds for the reader as each character soliloquizes. It’s a brilliantly executed and morbidly fascinating portrait of humanity in its natural state where life is, as philosopher Thomas Hobbes put it “nasty, brutish, and short.” ( )
  MaowangVater | Jun 24, 2020 |
The second half is a lot more entertaining than the first. The book overall makes for an interesting experiment in perspective but the story itself feels empty, especially since I had little sympathy for anyone. Not until I was too far in for it to matter, anyway. ( )
  peterbmacd | May 17, 2020 |
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Prins, ApieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raver, LornaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file.
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Sometimes I aint so sho who's got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.
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