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Sanctuary Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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We are introduced to a whole slew of unforgettable characters: Temple Drake, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a local judge; the monster Popeye; Gowan, the frat-boy drunk who "learned" to handle his alcohol while a student in Virginia; the tragic Ruby; Miss Reba, the Memphis madam; the obnoxious Senator Snopes; Horace Benbow, et al. In the hands of a lesser writer, some of these people would have become stereotypes. Instead we have a remarkable and tragic story of small town justice where a man is convicted for who is is, rather than what he is accused of doing. Horace Benbow, an attorney who reads books, is the moral center of the novel who believes that sometimes a man "might do something just because he knew it was right, necessary to the harmony of things that it be done."
Unlike many of Faulkner's more difficult works, SANCTUARY is a very straight-forward novel-- an easy but fascinating read. As always, Faulkner's language can be beautifully descriptive: "When he waked a narrow rosy pencil of sunlight fell level through the window.Read more ›
The central plot revolves around Temple Drake, a well-off, fast-living college student who gets wowed by Gowan Stevens, a handsome young alcoholic who takes her to the inaccessible estate of a backwoods bootlegger. Gowan soon passes out, and the traumatized Temple suddenly understands she is stuck in a situation from which she can't easily extract herself--and her circumstances worsen when Gowan abandons her to the gangsters and drunks bumming around the house.
Even though it was published after "As I Lay Dying," which he completed at the end of 1929, "Sanctuary" could be considered Faulkner's fifth novel rather than his sixth. Earlier that year, he sent the manuscript for "Sanctuary" to his publisher. It seems likely he had been toying with it in some form for quite a while, since at least one passage has been found in his papers with a date of 1925.
There are a number of colorful tales surrounding the history of this book's publication--some of them possibly apocryphal and probably invented by Faulkner himself. (A fuller accounting can be found in Joseph Blotner's invaluable biography of Faulkner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic book by a famous American classic Southern author. You should be familiar with at least one of Faulkner's works from high school American Literature class, so you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. R. von Eller
When you're done, you'll want some Ed Py-nawd for yourself.
You, too, would be stumped at the "violence" and "sexual content" ratings. Read more
For some reason it was difficult reading for me. I actually read it twice to find where I was losing the story line.Published 13 months ago by Bruce A. Hiles
According to William Faulkner, Sanctuary was "deliberately conceived to make money." It is, he said, "the most horrific tale I could imagine. Read morePublished 13 months ago by gammyraye
A Faulkner novel remains a Faulkner novel. This is not to my mind his greatest achievement, though a new genre does seem to be inaugurated with this work: Southern Gothic meets... Read morePublished 20 months ago by LAURA
Well, it was okay, but I won't read it again. Not one of Faulkner's best in my opinion. The characters didn't grab me. His descriptions were just... well... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mobile Bay Girl