- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House (1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067973225X
- ASIN: B002CKYN8G
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As I Lay Dying - Book Club Edition Paperback – 1985
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I'm not going to give the story away, but I will say that if you get confused to re-read because the book is not that big and quick to read once you get rolling. This was my second book by Faulkner that I have read. The previously mentioned The Sound and the Fury was much tougher and made As I Lay Dying much easier. Start here if you decide to read Faulkner; you will know soon if you want to read anymore of his works.
William Faulkner does a masterful job of writing this novel about a dying woman from the points of view of multiple characters. Each character has insight into the narrative and each is also grounded in his or her immediate reality, such as Cash’s list on building the coffin and Dewey Dells’ worries about her pregnancy. When mother Addie’s voice shows up for the first time, it is a startling moment but a welcome break from the family members, who are at this point focused on their own misery.
I wonder if perhaps there were too many points of view; I did get confused when names outside the family occasionally popped up and disappeared after the one chapter. The voices of neighbors offered oblique insight into the family, but the people the Bundren family meet along their journey don’t offer much except for judgment. I greatly admire Faulkner’s ability to change the syntax and diction with his characters. This reflects their personalities and ages. Cora for example speaks more lucidly and clearly than the younger sister, Dewey Dell, who does a fair amount of rambling to get her point across while still skirting the big issues.Read more ›
In "As I Lay Dying", William Faulkner paints a portrait of a very disturbed family set in his mythical country Yoknapatawpha County. The central character of the novel, Addie Bundren, demands the greatest scrutiny, because everything that happens to the family members is more or less a direct result of her. Each family member takes part in the journey to Jefferson to bury Addie's body, each for various reasons. Addie had a specific reason for this journey, making Anse promise he would bury her with her people, and we will see if her plans worked as she so desired. After she has been adequately examined, we will move onto the other family members. These include her sons Jewel, Vardaman, and Darl; her daughter Dewey Dell; her husband Anse.
Faulkner employed a stylistic instrument called `stream-of-consciousness' in this work. He is largely credited for its use in literature. There are fifty-nine sections, ranging from a single sentence (the infamous "My mother is a fish) to seven pages. Each section introduces a different narrator. Darl dominates the novel with nineteen of his own. Addie does not appear untill a little over halfway, acting as the center of a bicycle wheel that all the spokes flow into.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorite American works. While it can take a little while to get into the book, each chapter is from a different character's perspective, if you will allow yourself to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bukowski Black
This is a beautiful but difficult, sometimes harsh story line, well written by a old master.
The story line is difficult to piece together as the language is very difficult... Read more
My daughter is glad that we purchased this book online and saved some money for her college semester she cant wait to read itPublished on December 30, 2013 by Christina M. Helton
A slow start, but momentum keeps building through the whole book and has you racing towards the end. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Hannah
The book itself was fine. Story was disjointed and confusing..im not sure why this is a classic. Not for my tastePublished on October 20, 2013 by Lisa M. Reeke