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Soldiers' Pay Paperback – December 17, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, a wonderful book for discussion and reflection!
Donald Mahon is the central character, coming home from World War I. He had been an aviator in the British Air Force, and badly wounded. An ugly scar across his face repels most who see him, including, once he arrives home, his fiancée, the ever so flighty and shallow Cecily. Throughout the novel, he is the "object" of the other characters' attentions; he can say virtually nothing. An older soldier, Joe Gilligan, and a young war widow, Margaret Powers, help Mahon return home to Georgia, and his father, who is an Episcopalian minister. If one were to accuse Faulkner of being misogynist for his portrait of Cecily, the defense would offer an equally scathing portrait of Januarius Jones, a "scholar" of sorts, and one who clumsily fancies himself a lady's man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a bad first effort from ol' William Faulkner. Donald Mahon comes home from WWI and is eager to marry the fiance he left--Cecily. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Viktor Wolfe
I truly have no idea how a novel such as this seems forgotten when other novels by the same iconic author are so noteworthy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Francis C. Donnelly
I was immediately immersed in the smoothest prose I have ever read. I don't know why I never began to read Faulkner till age 70, he is a revelation.Published 18 months ago by Lumway
I've never been a big fan of William Faulkner, and this book, SOLDIER'S PAY, didn't change that. It seemed overly pretentious, verbose and pompous to the point of being boring. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
William Faulkner wrote "Soldier’s Pay," his first novel, during the first six months of 1925. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Glynn Young
In literature, flotsam and jetsam always seem to travel together, like Mutt and Jeff. But in life, human flotsam (or jetsam) washes up alone, on strange beaches. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Bob Newman
Soldier's Pay was William Faulkner's first novel (1926), and a very memorable work to emerge from Word War I. Faulkner tells a mesmerizing story. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Joyce Metzger
I certainly didn't expect this.
Who knew that Faulkner could screw up so completely? that the brilliant author of Absalom, Absalom! Read more
Wow, two really good Faulkner books in a row (this and The Reivers) - I could get used to this! Here we find one of Faulkner's earliest books, one free of the pomposity and... Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by K.M. Weiland, Author of Historical and Speculative Fiction