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Collected Stories

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“I’m a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can’t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing.” —William Faulkner

Winner of the National Book Award

Forty-two stories make up this magisterial collection b
Paperback, 900 pages
Published October 31st 1995 by Vintage (first published 1948)
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Oct 27, 2013 Owen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my experience, one does not become a reader of William Faulkner so much as a student of William Faulkner. Reading his work is, well, a lot of work. I’m reminded of a person who is forced to attend an opera which is performed in a foreign language, in a historical setting, without the benefit of subtitles and the evening’s program. Faulkner’s art is similarly inaccessible, and I must admit that his stories initially irritated me in the same way a fat lady in a Viking costume, screeching on a s ...more
Dave Gourdoux
Aug 23, 2009 Dave Gourdoux rated it it was amazing
My opinion (for whatever it is worth) is that Faulkner was a much better short story writer than novelist. The form put limits on his stream of consciousness techniques and forced him to keep the narratives moving, which he seems to struggle with in the longer form. Stories like "That Evening Sun", "Barn Burning", "Two Soldiers" and its sequel, "Shall Not Perish" are as good as any I've ever read. There's also "Dry September" and the famous "A Rose For Emily". When I think of it, the reason thes ...more
Monica Perez
Jan 02, 2009 Monica Perez rated it it was amazing
Faulkner is worth the extra effort. Give me Faulkner over Hemingway and Fitzgerald any day.
Rick Slane
"Uncle Willy" is the story I enjoyed the most. It's about a small town morphine addicted pharmacy owner that some do-gooders try to get clean. I liked "A Bear Hunt" too. I had a grandparents that spoke like the people in the country section of stories.
Jun 09, 2011 Serena rated it it was amazing
I've been told Fitzgerald is the epitome of a short story writer. After reading this book, I respectfully disagree. The Chicago Tribune got it right when it said that "There is not a story in this book which does not have elements of great fiction." Even if I did not particularly like the story or understand it at first, it is impossible not see Faulkner's mastery of the craft.

Stories I liked:


"Dry September": Reminded me so much of a twisted version of To Kill a Mockingbird I wondered if
Scott Hale
Nov 22, 2010 Scott Hale rated it it was amazing
"The Tall Men" moved me to tears. "The Bear Hunt" is hilarious, the combination "Carcassone" and "The Black Music" destroyed my every conception of what is artistically possible with the pen. read them in this order and "Carcassonne" will befuddle you as an abstract matter created purely for artistic pleasure, then "The Black Music" will reassemble this same mass of abstract imagery into a completely coherent and vital spectacle of the singularity of human life. In this you will experience the p ...more
Mark Sacha
Faulkner's stories are mostly sited in the Yoknapatawpha County mythology of his most famous novels, but they go farther afield, to other states, to the battlefields of the First World War, and to metaphysical planes not grounded in earthly geography. It's interesting to see how Bill's techniques and thematic concerns apply to places, people and things outside of the American South, especially in noting how similar their depictions are. He's an extremely articulate writer, almost unrivaled in th ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it
I am currently in the middle of reading all of Faulkner’s fiction that concerns Yoknaptawpha County. I did not read the stories in this collection that concerned other subjects. I plan to one day return to read the WWI stories along with the novel “Pylon”. More than half of the stories collected here are about Yoknapatawpha County. A few were later reworked into the Snopes Trilogy. I would not suggest a beginning reader of Faulkner read the short stories. They are enhanced by a knowledge of the ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I could read "Carcassonne" a hundred times and never get tired of it. What I can't do is think about Faulkner for too long, because when I do it I feel like my head's going to burst with admiration. How natural his talent and genius feels when reading his prose, how effortlessly the stories flow out of him. Reading his stories, especially those set in his Yoknapatawpha, I feel like I'm not really reading a fictional work but rather that I'm witnessing through words something that actually happen ...more
Jul 17, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing
I am recommending any Faulkner that contains "A Rose for Emily". My favorite story of all time, no competition. A must read. Read it aloud to someone, or a group, and get their reaction. Much better than watching the audience jump when you know (as a multiple time viewer) when the shark is coming in the movie Jaws, as an illustration. Wonderfully nuanced and written with such an eye for detail.
التقاطه للتفاصيل
تشبيهاته المتجددة
سرده الممتع
شعرت بالملل لارتباط جميع القصص تقريبا بالحرب العالمية الأولى
لكن أسعى لقراءة أعماله الأخرى.
وجهد المترجم واضح جدا.
Becca Hoetger
I love Faulkner! His short stories are great!
Feb 22, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
I'd give this book to an alien or foreign friends for insight into the Zeitgeist of the White South from the Civil to World Wars. Faulkner's style is amazing- terse dialogue accompanies narration blooming with poetic eloquence. The loose organization by theme and cast makes for an easy-to-handle tomography of culture. All the tradition and pride is conveyed by people of all stripes but basically one race. One thousand pages makes for interesting statistics: 42 stories and just a few pivot around ...more
Melinda Jane Harrison
There are few writers as good as Faulkner, too few men who understand that line of ambivalence in the minds of all men and women. Faulkner's fiction is not something that you can easily label, a point on the map where you can put your finger. His fiction is the unease of the heart and soul. It moves far beyond the borders of the South. It is about time, place, and isolation. No one writes about the meaning of time better than Faulkner. No writer ever. It's beautiful fiction. It's absolutely hear ...more
May 13, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it
Recently I had to read some William Faulkner stories for school. I read "The Bear Hunt" "Mule in the Yard" and Red Leaves.

"Mule in the Yard" was my favorite of the three, it was entertaining and funny at parts, pretty good overall.

"The Bear Hunt" I also thought was a entertaing read, but a little grusom at parts but still enjoyable.

The last one I read "Red Leaves" It was my least favorite of the three. The first part of it was done in a conversation between two people. I'm not a fan of that s
Thing Two
Jul 13, 2010 Thing Two rated it liked it
Shelves: nba-winner
It took me 9 weeks, but I finally worked my way through each of the stories in this collection. My favorite, hands down, is Elly, which I read and re-read, read aloud to my husband, went online to look up background information, read again, made my friends read ... yeah, it was that good. Other stories here, however, were so very difficult to understand that I'm not sure I can say I actually read them, or merely read the words - one after another.
Khaldun Chaloob
قصة الهنود الحمر و بعد وحده حلوات و البقية مملات و حجي عن الحرب العالمية الأولى
هواي حجي عن الحرب العالمية الاولى
كلش هواي
يعني كلش
Jun 21, 2009 Dirk rated it it was amazing
Assigned in 11th grade. only some of the stories were required. Every story is great.
Nov 09, 2007 Meghann rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-loathe
Faulkner is the worst thing to happen to American Literature. Just my opinion.
Aug 23, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing
A Justice by William Faulkner
American Writers and their impact

Spoiler alert: I write more about Faulkner, than about the story, which I barely mention….and then about his influence and the American writers that I love.
Killings, slavery, cock fights over a wife, simple talk, treachery, niggers- for this was the way they talked back then- you would say this is the story of evil and a lousy read at that.
You’d be wrong!
This is a marvelous story, which in some weird manner reminds me of the Romanian
Riley Haas
Jan 11, 2017 Riley Haas rated it it was amazing
"Though there aren't too many knock-your-socks-off stories in here, the overall quality is pretty impressive. He was a great storyteller and the variety in this book seems greater than with the novels (many of which seem to share similar themes). I'm thinking it's pretty essential reading for anyone into 20th century short stories"

“Barn Burning” [10]
“Singles for the Lord” [8]
“The Tall Men” [8]; “A Bear Hunt” [8]
“Two Soldiers” [9]
“Shall Not Perish” [9]
“A Rose for Emily” (1950) [8]
“Hair” [8]
Sean Curley
Dec 24, 2015 Sean Curley rated it really liked it
William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway might be said to represent the opposing poles of American literary style in the American literature of the interwar period; the latter espoused a stark minimalism in his prose, the latter's resembled nothing so much as an all-encompassing thicket of brambles through which one might discern a story only with some difficulty. Faulkner is not an author one reads casually; even a minor work of his is a lot of, er, work -- especially so, perhaps, when the short s ...more
Dec 19, 2016 ZENmama rated it really liked it
Faulkner is so enjoyable being read to you!
Jan 16, 2011 Elaguadelaespada is currently reading it
La literatura o una historia es fatal porque termina. Esta característica, entre otras, nos impulsa constantemente a ver toda acción literaria como analógica, paradójica, universal o literaria. Hamlet es todos los suicidas que no ejercieron o es los príncipes incestuosos o el romanticismo o fue Don Quijote quien, a su vez, es todos los viajeros en el tiempo o un artificio literario. Carlos Argentino Daneri es todos los de vanguardia. Reducir el mundo a un juego de posibilidades (me refiero al li ...more
Sally Tarbox
I tried - and failed - to read a Faulkner novel, so thought his short stories would be a more accessible introduction to his work. Be advised, this is a pretty mammoth tome: 42 stories over 900 pages, and by no means all the stories are easily comprehensible. I found myself numerous times on Google, trying to check out the interpretation of a particular tale.
Faulkner writes in a 'blokey' style: his stories feature war, American Indians, Negroes, drink, revenge. I don't ever see myself reading an
For the past several years I have been reading, off and on, Collected Stories. I would go to the library, check out a copy, and read a few stories before “Faulkner fatigue” set in. Only in this way was I able to finish this collection. Some of the stories, such as Shingles for the Lord, Mule in the Yard, That Will Be Fine, and My Grandmother Millard, are brilliantly funny and entertaining. Faulkner knew how to do comedy.

The stories are divided into sections. Those under the sections THE COUNTRY
Mar 07, 2016 DGT rated it it was amazing
An apparently casual observation (because it is hardly a sentence) from “Elly” (1934) catches something of how Faulkner writes. Elly, in bed with one of her many lovers, without any relationships apparently being “consummated”, describes herself as “already fled without moving” (“Elly”, 1934). Or at least this is probably typical of how Faulkner has his characters inhabit a present which is never only the present, though the past is more likely to figure in a character’s present than the future. ...more
Darcy McLaughlin
Nov 03, 2013 Darcy McLaughlin rated it really liked it
It would be incredibly difficult (and incredibly time consuming) to comment on the entire contents of the Collected Stories of William Faulkner. There are some constants throughout the collection that can be discussed, the my favourite of which would be Faulkner's amazing gift of narration. He can shift between different classes and types of people effortlessly, all the while giving them a distinct voice that still maintains characteristic's of his style. Readers of his other works will see many ...more
Lee Razer
Aug 29, 2015 Lee Razer rated it really liked it
Two years and one month after beginning; completion! My kids aren't the only ones who get easily distracted.

5 stars:
1)Barn Burning
2)Death Drag
4)That Evening Sun
5)A Justice
9)My Grandmother Millard and General Bedford Forrest and the Battle of Harrykin Creek
10)Mountain Victory

4 stars:
11)Shingles for the Lord
12)The Tall Men
13)A Rose for Emily
14)Centaur in Brass
15)Dry September
16)Uncle Willy
17)Red Leaves
19)The Artist At Home
20)Black Music

3 stars:
21)Two Soldiers
Andrew Wright
Nov 29, 2016 Andrew Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This was a hard one to rate. A lot of the stories fell flat when they were about Europe or the First World War. However, several of those stories succeeded despite their author's total lack of familiarity with that subject matter. But even those stories which came up short were merely disappointing, not awful.

However, Faulkner is an astounding master of prose who chose his own style and didn't end up beholden to simplicity and precision the way so many of his peers did and our contemporary autho
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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.

The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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