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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! (1936)

by William Faulkner

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i only got halfway through this. i'll finish it sometime. ( )
  Abbey_Harlow | Oct 5, 2017 |
Poetic and hypnotizing. Unfortunately my experience was somewhat ruined by reading it on my phone's Kindle app. Now I know ebooks fuck up more than just pagination.

Paragraphs do more than just structure and pace a narrative - they provide waypoints and shelter for the eyes - so in a book where paragraphs can go on and on for page after page the arrival of indentation is something like an oasis. The exhaustion of reading is part of the style. But when that same book is divided across 1000s of phone screens, each of which is a square block of text, indentation takes on a heightened significance, almost like a chapter break. And it can't be anticipated or really counted on because you are only able to see a sentence or two ahead at a time.

Because of this I literally became lost in a sea of words. I was unable to recognize the winding-down of a paragraph as a new one approached – sort of like reading a complex sentence stripped of its punctuation. It's interesting to think that my experience might have actually elevated an affect of this long-sentence, long-paragraph style, but I don’t think I experienced the book the way I was supposed to. ( )
  Algybama | Jan 23, 2017 |
Every town has their legends; the stories passed down from generation to generation. The Mississippi town of Jefferson has the story of Thomas Sutpen and his "Sutpen One Hundred." All told, Thomas Sutpen was seen as a strange, mysterious and even evil man. When he first arrived in Jefferson no one knew his story. He bought one hundred acres of land and then disappeared, leaving the townspeople to talk, talk, talk. When he returned again he had a crew of slaves, materials, and a plan to build a mansion, a legacy. All the while he continues to be secretive and uncommunicative causing the townspeople speculate as to what he's really up to (as people are bound to do when left to their own devices). The gossip subsides only a little when Sutpen finishes his beautiful home and marries a respectable woman. Quietly he starts a family when his wife gives birth to a son and a daughter. But the chatter can't escape him. New rumors crop up when word gets around of Sutpen encouraging savage fights between his slaves. There's talk he even joins in for sport. And that's just the beginning.
Ultimately, Absalom, Absalom! is a story of tragedy after tragedy. Faulkner described it as a story about a man who wanted a son, had too many of them & they ended up destroying him. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Aug 25, 2016 |
My second most favorite Faulkner (after _The Sound and the Fury_). The family that is portrayed resounds on many levels. Faulkner's use of the English language to portray characters and unique situations is astounding! ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
After reading the first quarter of the book, finally found that it took that long to find his voice & style of writing. Having accomplished that, I had to go back & re-read that first quarter & then sailed with the flow of this amazing classic achievement of a stupendous masterpiece. What a read! What a story! ( )
  DVDWalsh | Jan 18, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679732187, Paperback)

“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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