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Set This House on Fire Paperback – January 4, 1993
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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.
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On the up side, there are many passages that are delightful to read, and Styron's elegant prose doesn't fail to shine through. Definitely worth reading if you've read and enjoyed "Sophie's Choice" or "Lie Down in Darkness." Otherwise, you'll probably be overwhelmed by the density (both lengthwise and in terms of content) of this novel.
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Simply the best book i have ever read. Affected me deeply. Terrifying in its emotional intensity. Hows that for a review William Styron?Published 1 month ago by gro bennett
This is a meaty and wonderful book. Full of difficult issues. Ends on a reasonably hopeful note--don't be discouraged from tackling it.Published 4 months ago by A reader in MA
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 13 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 19 months ago by Michael Moye
Elderly used paperback still in good reading condition. Prompt arrival. This seller on my preferred list. Read morePublished 19 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 20 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 on March 16, 2014 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