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Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner

Go Down, Moses (original 1942; edition 1990)

by William Faulkner

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Title:Go Down, Moses
Authors:William Faulkner
Info:Vintage (1990), Paperback, 365 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Literature, Home, Southern Literature

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Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner (Author) (1942)



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A series of short stories describing the journey through time, and sometimes space, of a southern family. Despite being in the deep south, we find that there are mixed race children, and love that transcends racial divides. Individual stories deal with courtesies done for exceptional women, the love of the mother who raised you without regard to her race, the filial obligations of half brothers and sons of friends. While some would like these tales told in chronological order, and that might make them initially make more sense to a reader, in the end, they are in an order that allows us to create ideas about who and individual is in our minds only to have that understanding dissected and reconstructed as we learn more from other points of view. The sentence structure is often complex and difficult, but also quiet rich and colorful painting a tale of what it means to be family and friends over the course of generations. ( )
  Velmeran | Jan 26, 2019 |
This is a good collection of related stories. As with all Faulkner, it helps if you have read other stuff first--but you have to start somewhere! My college Faulkner course included The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Sanctuary, As I Lay Dying, some short stories, and this book. With a great professor, it worked out well. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 24, 2016 |
I just love Faulkner's writing - the Deep South he describes just seems to come to life before my eyes. This set of connected short stories make up the history of two entwined families -- the white family of McCaslin/Edmonds and the Negro family of Beauchamp -- ranging from the pre-Civil War times to the 1940s. The heart of the book is the novella "The Bear," which I had read years ago. I think that it was enhanced by having the surrounding stories and would recommend this over reading it as a stand-alone. ( )
1 vote leslie.98 | Jun 12, 2016 |
As a literature student or a reader, I'm not sure how to rate this. It is my first experience with Faulkner (how did I get so far without having read him before).

Overall, a very interesting novel that challenges what a novel IS.

As an example, the central "chapter" - "The Bear" - could be argued to be a novella on its own. But the surrounding stories, which build up the narrative of the family and its history, all contribute something to it.

Faulkner does some amazing things with sentence structure, stretching the rules of English syntax to their limits in some of the most astounding ways.

Not sure if this would be the work I'd suggest as someone's "first Faulkner".
  jennaelf | Jan 5, 2016 |
I'm sort of surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a struggle, like Little Women was -- which I gave up on and decided I honestly just don't care how those women turned out. This one I enjoyed.

I'm listing it as "History" because I think recently we've been trying to rewrite history ... "It wasn't THAT BAD! People are making more of the Civil War and slavery than it was!" ... and this book almost beats you about the face with the true reality of the time. Part of me wants to keep it for that reason. I can also foresee books like these -- that liberally use the "N-word" -- being collected and burned in order to better control what we remember about the past.

I think I will keep it.
Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | Jul 12, 2015 |
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To Mammy /
Mississippi /
[1840-1940] /
Who was born in slavery and who /
gave to my family a fidelity without /
stint or calculation of recompense /
and to my childhood an immeasur- /
able devotion and love [As shown in 1955 1st Modern Library ed.]
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Isaac McCaslin, 'Uncle Ike', past seventy and nearer eighty than he ever corroborated any more, a widower now and uncle to half a county and father to no one.
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Questa terra che l'uomo in due generazioni ha denudato e prosciugato dalle paludi e dal fiume per permettere ai bianchi di possedere le piantagioni e di fare ogni giorno avanti e indietro da Memphis e ai neri di possedere le piantagioni e correre con le loro auto da negri a Chicago per vivere in dimore da milionari in Lakeshore Drive, dove i bianchi prendono in affitto le fattorie e vivono come negri e i negri coltivano i campi a mezzadria e vivono come animali, dove il cotone viene piantato e cresce a altezza d'uomo perfino nelle crepe dei marciapiedi, e l'usura e le ipoteche e la bancarotta e un'immensa ricchezza, cinese e africana e ariana e ebraica, si riproducono e si moltiplicano insieme finché nessuno ha il tempo o la voglia di distinguerle l'una dall'altra.
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“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” —William Faulkner, on receiving the Nobel Prize
Go Down, Moses is composed of seven interrelated stories, all of them set in Faulkner’s mythic Yoknapatawpha County. From a variety of perspectives, Faulkner examines the complex, changing relationships between blacks and whites, between man and nature, weaving a cohesive novel rich in implication and insight.

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Faulkner examines the changing relationship of black to white and of man to the land, and weaves a complex work that is rich in understanding of the human condition.

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