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Preview — Three Famous Short Novels by William Faulkner
Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses, Old Man, The Bear
These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner, each representative of his work as a whole. Spotted Horses is a hilarious account of a horse auction, and pits the “cold practicality” of women against the boyish folly of men. Old Man is something of an adve...more
I adored the first half of "The Bear", which gave me a whole new perspective on hunting, but then it got all philosophical about the environment and I lost interest. Ironic since I picked this up based on it's inclusion on Newsweek's list of 50 books for our time and it made that list because of it's importance as an...more
The Bear, however, is a goddam masterpiece, rightfully praised. It surely belongs in an elevated position along with the rest of Faulkner's great works. For the most part, Faulkner is working in familiar territory, evoking the death of his beloved South. However, I'm not sure if he ever hit this issue in such a direct or emotionally engaging manner...more
I tried reading for pleasure with this book and these stories require a mind ready to internally react to the action and characters. In short you need to be ready for participation in your reading....more
I'll try it again sometime. For now I'm moving on. Sigh. So much for trying to be more literary, I suppose.
"Spotted Horses" feels very embryonic, with Faulkner spending the bulk of the story establishing characters and elaborating on the wild and untameable nature of the titular horses, as if in preparation for a larger story. However, after all of that set-up, he rushes through the brief second (and final) chapter with an uncharacteristically ham-handed bit of preaching on the vulnerability of poor, ignorant and uneducated folk in the rural South.
Spotted Horses is a humorous story of a con artist who fools a bunch of characters into buying horses they never wanted. It's madness.
Old Man may be a better story but the writing style is still frustrating! These were written in th...more
Spotted horses: 1.5/5. It was strange. As if someone was just telling a jumble of a story with perhaps one or two instances of Faulkner's typical voice and style. It was altogether confusing in a bad way, and seemingly pointless.
Old man: 4/5. As always beautiful writing; I feel this is a great piece to start with to understand a little about his style. The plot is, though, a little overly linear -- not a bad...more
"Courage and honor and pride, and pity and love of justice and of liberty. They all touch the heart, and what the heart holds to become truth, as far as we know truth."
The story of a boy, Isaac, who joins a hunting party for several summers, trying to kill Old Ben, an almost immortal and huge bear, a kind of a legend and a symbol of the power and the balance of nature. Seven times Isaac sees it, and once he forgives its life, forming a kind of unspoken tie with each other. Sam Fathers, a...more
Though Faulkner writes about Mississipi and Yoknapatawpha, his own imaginary territory of 2400 Miles sq. with 15611 inhabitants, centered by Jefferson city, but I always see every single part of the world in his novels, where the characters are suffering of the situation which is imposed by visible and invisible powers, but they keep going on with life as they have no other possibilities ...
فالکنر در رمان "آبشالوم، آبشالوم" به "یوکناپاتوفا"، سرزمین خیالی اش در اطراف می سی س...more
The first story, "Spotted Horses" should be skipped, not bad, not good, completely unremarkable.
"Old Man" was my favorite of the three. In this tale of an escaped prisoner's trek across a flooded Mississippi, Faulkner employs his gift for descri
Spotted Horses is a comedic tale. Honestly, it fell a little flat for me. It dragged quite a bit, but as "slice of life" it wasn't entirely bad. 2/5
Old Man is at heart an adventure tale and a tale of struggling to survive when everything has been provided for you. There's a cautionary tale of how the prison system from time immemorial has only prepared prisoners to be prisoners. 3/5
The Bear is the real gem in...more
The story (novella? it's less than 100 pages in this version) doesn't have a lot of stylistic innovations that Faulkner features in his novels, although it does involve the Snopes family. In fact, it feels like a relatively slight, somewhat comic effort. That's certainly what the back cover description implies, for what it's worth.
While the story is funny, if it's comic it's pretty dark. It's the story of a seemingly prosperous huckster who comes to town and...more
He wrote only 3 short Novels; one of which was 1st published in a hunting magazine Named The Bear. Another short Novel, Spotted Horses was a high school introduction to a Major American Novelist and the two novels were considered 'easier' for a
High School student. I took an America Lit course and you c...more
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl...more