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
"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
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 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
Now, 20-plus years later, reading The Bear, I can see all the pluses and pitfalls of my Faulkner reading compressed into 100 or so pages, but I can sit back from ...more
This was my first introduction to Faulkner and I can't say it was very good-- I'm planning on finishing this little anthology-- but I doubt I'll like those better.
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That said, they are all excellent and do stand alone successfully.
I have given up on se ...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
This was a good choice. There are three novels contained here and they have all appeared in other works - Old Man for instance was published in the book "Wild Palms" and The Bear is from "Go Down Moses" so if you've read those books you've read these already.
I was ...more
The first part was actually quite catching. Some really nice descriptions of classic man vs.nature vs. other men. Only issue was sort of unfriendly style of writing (neverending sentences and paraghraphs. The story flew nicely with some minor "philosophical" dead ends... but everything was just OK. Then the part 3 ended. Maybe that's just where it should have ended overall.
Following pages have been just plain literary suffering. There was nothi ...more
my impression: stunning prose, increadible observation, the spectrum of mankind
for Ike, represents both the primal force of nature as well as the unbridled freedom, the indomitable independence, of the human spirit. Hunting, therefore, is analogous to man's attempt to control nature. His decision not to kill the bear is a moral choice rooted in his veneration of nature, as well as his desire to break free from the heritage that haunts ...more
"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
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
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more