Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

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Following three families in the American South before, during, and after the Civil War, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, whose dreams of a prosperous life as a landowner and patriarch ultimately lead to his downfall. Narrated in flashbacks by Rosa Coldfield, Quentin Compson (from Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury), and Quentin’s Harvard roommate, Shreve, each character adds layers to Sutpen’s story, revealing more and more of their own stories and biases.

First published in 1936, Absalom, Absalom! contributed greatly to Faulkner’s 1949 Nobel Prize and was voted the best Southern novel of all time in 2009 by Oxford Magazine. The novel also contains the longest sentence in literature according to the Guinness Book of World Records—a 1,288-word long sentence in chapter six.

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Publisher: [Birmingham, Ala.] :, Southern Living Gallery,, [1985]
ISBN: 9781443421089
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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luketenhage
Apr 11, 2018

Faulkner, it's great that we've been reunited at last. He was one of my great favorites during high school. This novel was one that I had foolishly decided to "save" for the future.

This novel is impossible to sum up or review. It is an unceasing torrent of genius prose. It's a great work of peak modernism. And like all the best works of modernism, the reader is left exhausted at the end. And you know Faulkner is a great writer when a novel such as this is the weakest of those you have read. Go Down, Moses , The Sound and the Fury and most off all, As I Lay Dying , tower above Absalom, Absalom! .

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SeattleSaul
Jul 24, 2014

I wish I could recommend this to general readers but I find it almost unreadable. The story is told rather than developed and in overly verbose terms. Dialog, character introduction, development, goal-seeking, etc. are obfuscated in the weighty vocabulary display of Faulkner. The literati love this sort of thing, but ordinary readers may find it ponderous and uninteresting. By comparison, "As I Lay Dying" and "The Sound and the Fury" are examples of clarity and interesting stories. My sincere apologies to the memory of a great American writer.

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