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Una fábula

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  3,283 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Ésta es la verdadera historia del soldado desconocido que está enterrado en el Arco de Triunfo de París. Contada por William Faulkner. Su mujer se llamaba Magda. Los fusilaron entre dos ladrones. Resucitó. Era cabo de un regimiento francés que en la guerra de 1918 se negaba a atacar al enemigo, en un imposible intento de aplicar los principios del pacifismo en pleno campo ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published October 28th 1999 by Alfaguara (first published 1954)
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Carla
Nov 20, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faulkner testou-me até ao limite.
Deitou por terra toda e qualquer veleidade que eu pudesse ter de que esta seria uma leitura típica.
Arremessou-me à parede, à lama. Atirou-me ao céu.
Fez-me girar sobre mim própria. Caí, claro, atordoada.
Aterrei em arco-íris submersos nas valas inundadas pela água da chuva.
Quando me tentava levantar, fincava as mãos nos meus ombros com força sobre-humana.

Por fim, penso que se apiedou de mim, permitindo que eu penetrasse no doce/terrífico cativeiro por ele efabulad
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Pradnya K.
Sep 21, 2015 Pradnya K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, 2016
Took a long time to turn the last page. I feel relieved, not coz I ended it but happy to have read it. Quite a writer Faulkner is.
I'd call it a challenging read as the story would never come across easily. The developments are far too measly compared to the detailed description. If it's a story you want, don't bother to read this. 

Set amidst the world war background where one unit of army goes for mutiny under the leader 'corporal' who is center point of mass fury as he brings war to the end. To
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KeithTalent
Jan 07, 2011 KeithTalent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At nine o'clock one morning in the spring of 1918, a regiment of the French army - every man below the rank of sergeant - refuses to take part in a futile assault on the German position. Strangely, the German line opposite fails to take advantage of the situation with a counter-attack, and by noon that day no guns are fired along the entire French line. By three o'clock in the afternoon, the entire western front has fallen silent. It emerges that a saintly French corporal, together with his twel ...more
Tim
Jun 20, 2013 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Faulkner virgins about to break the seal with a copy of "A Fable" should be forced to reconsider — at gunpoint, if necessary.

Yes, "A Fable" is a cantankerous beast, a Pulitzer Prize winner often reviled as impenetrable and as Faulkner at his most difficult. Reading it for the first time (my 11th Faulkner novel) I find it both a little hard to figure out how it won the award and hard to understand why more readers don't seem to see its merits. Faulkner's worst, most frustrating habits are
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Chris
Faulkner is starting to grow on me like unfamiliar music that gets better each time you hear it. It’s unbelievable that A Fable didn’t get the kind of attention it deserved when it was released in 1954. Although it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, it was panned by critics across the board (is this only possible in literature?). A dark allegory to The Passion of Christ, it’s setting in the trenches of World War 1 was probably unsettling to the vast majority of it’s (Chri ...more
Trenton Judson
Jul 06, 2012 Trenton Judson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible and I have no idea why it won the Pulitzer, short of that it was written by Willy Faulkner. I did not know how you could take the adventure, romance, and tragedy all out of war in a single novel until I read this, but Faulkner manages to do all of it. It was painstaking to finish this one, but I was hoping that there would be that Faulkner pay off where you just love the end of the book, where he brings everything together in a way that blows your mind, but this did not ha ...more
Chad Bearden
Jun 28, 2010 Chad Bearden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I don't mind dense and rambling novels, but when combined with 'repetitive' and 'opaque', the results are a far more challenging read than seems necessary. Faulkner was no doubt a brilliant writer, but by the time he wrote this, his fifteenth novel, he was less in need of talent than of an editor.

The plot itself is actually pretty straightforward: a French battalion in WWI lay down their arms and refuse to fight at the behest of a Christ-like corporal. Chaos ensues as the military powers-that-be
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Michael David
I believe that my personal preference with regard to novels is toward those which possess such an intricately-structured chaos that ultimately make sense by the end of the novel. Looking back, I think that Absalom, Absalom! is my most favourite novel because of how it ties the loose ends so well at the end of the novel. I think that the novel is Faulkner at the peak of his powers: he is both extremely dense, and yet extremely sensible. Everything absolutely makes sense at the end of it, and the ...more
Christopher Sutch
Aug 02, 2013 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this long novel. Faulkner was a pilot during World War I, and while that experience is represented in several small incidents in his earlier novels, this novel's central focus is World War I (and while aircraft still figure in only one of the subplots, Faulkner's experience in the subject is clear). This book had its origins in a conversation Faulkner had with some Hollywood producers during World War II, asking the question, "What if the unknown soldier in 1919 Fra ...more
K.M. Weiland
This is an insanely difficult book that buries its flashes of brilliance in a welter of incomprehensibility.
Rifftrafft
this is silver-age stuff, a far cry from the Big Four (s&f, absalom, as i lay dying, light in august), but i liked this ok and some parts a great deal, the horse thief riff especially.

i went into this one with an enormous chip on my shoulder: with this book, faulkner stole both the pulitzer AND book award from william gaddis. weirdly both books have long knives for paris, or rather both authors have a lot to say about the american infatuation with that city. like an anti-lost generation fee
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Russell
Mar 06, 2013 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the only novel that ever appeared EXACTLY the way Faulkner wanted it to appear, and it was the only one whose tepid reception really bothered him. In fact, despite its Pulitzer, the book's relative lack of success (in my opinion) is what caused him to retreat into the relatively childish stories of his later career. The down side to Faulkner's insistence on placing each word meticulously though, is that it generates a VERY difficult book to read. At times, it is almost like read ...more
Ben
Jul 27, 2012 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulitzer
Pulitzer 1955 - I finished this two days ago and have been thinking about this review since. When I started the Pulitzer reading I figured there would be some books I didn't like. Fortunately on average it seems to be about 10% - I've ready about 45 and there had been three I didn't like so I was due. And boy was I due. A Fable was Faulkner's 15th book and his first of 2 Pulitzer winners. The other, The Reivers, was for his last book 10 years later - I enjoyed the Reivers...it was readable.
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Mat
Sep 12, 2013 Mat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most difficult Faulkner books i have read so far. As difficult and confusing to follow as Absalom, Absalom!, with the exception that the latter novel is an eloquently written tour de fource whereas A Fable is meandering, rambling, and even at times a rather opaque recounting of a story set in France during World War I. As another reviewer has already pointed out, the novel finishes very strongly in the final 1/4 but the first 3/4 of the novel are certainly not for the fainthearted. If ...more
Jayme
Mar 22, 2011 Jayme rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I am not giving this 1 star is because Faulkner utilizes a beautiful lexicon throughout A Fable. But that's pretty much the only redeeming quality. I can't believe I actually managed to push through and finish this book. It's strange, cause I like hypothetical scenarios, and I like non sequiturs, but this book just goes on and on. Perhaps I am more a fan of brevity than I previously suspected.

Oh, yeah. And Faulkner hates periods. As in, punctuation. And I LOVE punctuation. Love i
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Stephen Joseph
Review Type: First Impression
Spoilers: Yes
Basic Recommendation: Don't start your Faulkner journey here. Good read though.

First off, William Faulkner is one of my favorite authors. I'm kind of a fan-boy actually, so that must be the preface to this. His ability to stall time and pin a single moment down while he paints it from all angles in a flowing stream-of-consciousness is stunning and the experience I get from reading it is at once personal and impersonal. This book is no exception in that r
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Brian Willis
Mar 07, 2016 Brian Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the book Faulkner toiled on intermittently for 10 years and wanted to be his magnus opus. He takes the week of the passion of Christ, what is called Holy Week by Catholics, and converts it into a fable story told during the First World War. What really sets the book apart is that all of the symbiology and tiny moments and characters of what is perhaps the Greatest Story Ever Told and converts them into an allegory for humanity's behavior during the pressures of wartime.

The Jesus figure
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wally
Sep 17, 2010 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faulkner
i recall this one but vaguely...though the setting is the world war numbered one. of all the faulkner stories i read when i didn't have a clue though the one clue i was trailing was read faulkner...this one holds the most interest now for the subject matter. these republicans in the trenchs opposed by the democrats in the trenches over across the way, well, seems that two soldiers one on each side to give up the ghost of partisanship and pow-wow. see what gives. a kodak moment.
dan rather was too
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Lysergius
This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1955. An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner. Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part of the Faulkner "oeuvre." Faulkner himself fought in the war, and his descriptions of it "rise to magnificence," according to "The New York Times," and ...more
John
Feb 23, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
If you want a story then do not read this, if you can enjoy a work because it is well written and makes you slow down in your reading, then you will love this book. I knew i was reading Faulkner all thru the book but but was surprised by his characters, they were different from his other works that i have read., i had pace myself with this, only giving it three hours a day.. All this said, i will not read it again.
Robert Wechsler
Mar 20, 2013 Robert Wechsler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very odd Faulkner novel blew me away. Its much too long and repetitive and overdone and pretentious, but despite all that, its great, very moving, somehow still affective. Even when its hard to tell whats going on, not to mention what Faulkner is doing with his retelling of the Passion, the novel is compelling, I was caught up in Faulkners passionate sentences and repetitions.
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Max
Sep 09, 2014 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is way too messy to be as "moral" as Bloom and others think it is. Deeply, iridescently sad, like a lot of late Faulkner.
Celia Pundel
May 31, 2012 Celia Pundel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As good as it may be, I cannot stand Faulkner's writing style. Stream of consciousness. Either you hate it or you love it. Personally, I hate it.
Heather
Jun 03, 2008 Heather marked it as to-visit-again  ·  review of another edition
'Do you know what the loneliest experience of all is? But of course you do: you just said so. It's breathing.'
David Vincent
Apr 30, 2015 David Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The brilliance of William Faulkner.
Owen
Apr 13, 2013 Owen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If this book doesn’t come in dead last among my rankings of the National Book Award winners, I suspect it will be very near the bottom. It’s easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read.

Granted, this is William Faulkner, one of the greatest writers of all time, and granted, this novel won both the National Book Award (his second) and the Pulitzer. But having said that, his selection here does more to discredit the independence and courage of the respective juries than it does to give credit to t
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John Guffey
Jun 23, 2017 John Guffey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulitzer-winners
A Fable is an ambitious book which tries its best to tell the story of Christ in World War I. It fails because of flat characters, and Faulkner not knowing when to shut up his philosophizing.
Alejandro Teruel
During World War I, there were several, short-lived incidents involving troops on both sides which refused to shoot at each other or engage in warfare. The most famous of these so called "live and let live" fraternization incidents was the spontaneous, so-called Christmas truce of 1914.

Faulkner fabricates such an incident but makes it take place in may 1918: a whole French regiment refuses to carry out its orders to attack, the German troops opposing it refuse to take advantage of them and other
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Jose Garcia
Feb 01, 2015 Jose Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Fable is an allegoric story based on the final days of Jesus Christ and is written by William Faulkner. The novel takes place during World War I most specifically in the trenches in France. A Fable stretches through a course of one week in which the main character is “Corporal Stephen”, whom narrates from his point of view in the trenches of France. William Faulkner personally puts into his novel his own experience in World War I. Faulkner is a veteran of World War I, so when reading upon his ...more
James (JD) Dittes
"Who might have been in the tomb of the Unknown Soldier? And if that had been, if Christ had appeared again in 1814-15, he would have been crucified again" William Faulkner, 1956


Like war itself, A Fable is overly ambitious, unbounded, careless in places. An anti-war novel to the extreme, it re-stages Passion Week by setting it midway between the madness of Verdun (1916) and the end of World War I.

Peace has broken out throughout the front lines, and something has to be done. A full regiment of 3
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William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

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