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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (original 1930; edition 2000)

by William Faulkner

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Title:As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text
Authors:William Faulkner
Info:Modern Library (2000), Edition: Modern Library Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

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    aethercowboy: Getting Mother's Body is a reimagining of As I Lay Dying through a different culture's point of view.
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good book, appallingly designed cover
  ornithopolis | Mar 19, 2017 |
A book you have to invest perseverance in to get the reward. But well worth it. Each chapter is written in the first person but from a different characters perspective. So you get a multi character (17 I think) point of view. Sometimes hard going with the style used and being written in the vernacular. Black comedy. Tragedy. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
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  Juliasb | Dec 1, 2016 |
I liked this one, but didn't love it. I'm still glad I read it. If you're on the fence, I'd say, read it. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
A difficult read, but one worth the label of classic. Rarely is poverty so atmospheric in a novel, nor do characters' accents emerge in the story's telling. However, the point of view switches frequently among a wide expanse of characters, which made the book more than a little confusing to me. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 22, 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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