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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.
“He is the greatest artist the South has produced. . . . Indeed, through his many novels and short stories, Faulkner fights out the moral problem which was repressed after the nineteenth century [yet] for all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for greatness of our classics.” —Ralph Ellison
“No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner. If you want to know all you can about that heart and soul, the fiction where he put it is still right there.” —Eudora Welty
I found this a chore to read and very slow going. At times it was weird. I also hated the dialogue & at times it was difficult to follow what was going on due to how strange the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Montgomery
I bought this book for my husband so I didn't actually read it myself. He loves it.Published 15 days ago by Jamie
Sometimes hard to understand the language ...the time and place. And I believed at first that is so typical of that time and place but after finishing the book and giving it more... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Carol B
The dialect can be difficult to follow, so I had to read while I was wide awake (I usually read before going to bed). Read morePublished 28 days ago by YaGirlDeb
Classic novel, required reading in my high school English class. Not for everyone but I thought it was a good book.Published 1 month ago by Mary Apples