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Immediately impressive...the sense of the striking scene...the fine ear for dialogue, the sharp observation of cities and scenery and interiors."
-- The New York Times Book Review
Three Americans converge in an Italian village shortly after World War II. One is a naive Southern lawyer. One is a rough-edged artist with a fatal penchant for alcohol. And one is a charming and priapic aristocrat who may be the closest thing possible to pure wickedness in an age that has banished the devil along with God. Out of their collective alchemy William Styron has crafted an electrifying and deeply unsettling novel of rape, murder, and suicide -- a work with a Dostoevskian insight into the dreadful persuasiveness of evil.
One of the great writers of the generation succeeding that of Hemingway and Faulkner, William Styron is renowned for the elegance of his prose and his powerful moral engagement. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, and Darkness Visible. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Howells Medal, and the Edward MacDowell Medal.
I had to read this book for school and I definitely would not recommend it. Aside from the fact that it is very lengthy, it is much too detailed in some parts and the story moves... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kylee
I finished "Set this House on Fire" a few days ago, and within started it again fem page 1 the next morning. I sensed this was a book that required a deeper, slower read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michael F. Moye
Elderly used paperback still in good reading condition. Prompt arrival. This seller on my preferred list. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gloria
You get the feeling while reading Set This House on Fire that with this 1960 novel, his second, author William Styron was practically busting a gut to turn out the Great American... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Buzalka
I finished this book, but I had to force myself. Why on earth the author felt we should be interested in ploughing through the drunken rantings of a bipolar personality begs... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sceptical
I must confess, this wasn't the book I was looking for when I wandered out into the stacks at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library with my sights set on William Styron's... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by R. Russell Bittner
I expected more from this author and had to force myself to finish this book. He is a prize winning author and I was disappointed.Published on March 7, 2013 by dorothy elizabeth
No doubt about it-- Styron can write! His control of his narrative is phenomenal--seamless switches from first to third person narrative, first-person narratives embedded in... Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by A reader