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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (original 1930; edition 1991)

by William Faulkner

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Title:As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text
Authors:William Faulkner
Info:Vintage (1991), Paperback, 267 pages
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

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There's a bit of a language barrier, yes, but that's there to help you subscribe to the characters and each of their differing schools of thought. Then there's the ridiculous, repetitive circular reasoning but that's not Faulkner talking. It's the characters. The entire story is centered around the Bundrens, and if you can't latch on then you're gonna have a bad time.

Wanting to keep a woman's promise to bury her in a town days away seems simple on paper, but in practice throws many of the family members through the ringer in an adventure that holds a few subtle and not-so-subtle surprises. Faulkner's vision may not be the clearest, but underneath the film there's quite a story here.

Now I'm excited to see how James Franco fucked it up. ( )
  TheTylex | Jun 3, 2016 |
Classic. This is one of my if I was trapped on a desert island books. ( )
  richardross79 | Jun 1, 2016 |
Pretty dazzling. Every character's voice is so clearly defined that you'd be able to name each one just from reading a few paragraphs of their thoughts. Like all great books, it hops nimbly from comedy to tragedy. Glad I fished it off the shelf. ( )
  alexrichman | Jun 1, 2016 |
Review: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.

I found this a difficult book to read. Faulkner wrote it in a series of short first-person chapters that never really described who anyone was. The writing had a phonetic sound of dialogue that it made the story difficult and confusing while reading. Yet, about half way through the book I got use to Faulkner’s dialectal style and kept reading.

The story was set in a small rural section of Mississippi. I felt the family, Anse and Addie Bundren and their five children were somewhat of hillbilly dysfunctional family. The story starts out where the mother is nearing death and her last wishes were to be buried with her family in another town many miles away. So, in order to carry out her last wishes she needed to be placed in a coffin and traveled on the back of a wagon through drudgery, and distasteful events which Faulkner writes vividly for the reader. That was the main event of the story: building a coffin, traveling in a broken down wagon pulled by mules over vast horrid terrain, flooded bridge crossings, one son traveling on an old horse, another son breaking a leg, and the father who would do anything to bury his unloving wife and mother to his children where she requested.

What made the story so baffling at times was the dialect and deciphering who the character were, their background and behavioral tendency because Faulkner created each character with some kind of mental disability. I did manage to follow the father’s character only because he only had one intent and that was to grant his wife‘s last wishes.

In order to follow the story I had to print out a list of the characters and who they were in the family. Faulkner’s indirect way of introducing these characters and carrying on their dialogue was really confusing. It was a difficult book to enjoy but I did get through it and understood the drift of the story but the way it was written hindered me. Not one of William Faulkner’s best….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
I found this book depressing, difficult to follow and the characters unlikeable. ( )
  snowman | Apr 11, 2016 |
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Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file.
"She's a-going," he says. "Her mind is set on it."
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.
My mother is a fish.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067973225X, Paperback)

Faulkner's distinctive narrative structures--the uses of multiple points of view and the inner psychological voices of the characters--in one of its most successful incarnations here in As I Lay Dying. In the story, the members of the Bundren family must take the body of Addie, matriarch of the family, to the town where Addie wanted to be buried. Along the way, we listen to each of the members on the macabre pilgrimage, while Faulkner heaps upon them various flavors of disaster. Contains the famous chapter completing the equation about mothers and fish--you'll see.

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At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member--including Addie--and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life. As I Lay Dying is the harrowing, darkly comic tale of the Bundren family's trek across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother, as told by each of the family members--including Addie herself.… (more)

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