One of the few of William Faulkner’s works to be set outside his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Pylon, first published in 1935, takes place at an air show in a thinly disguised New Orleans named New Valois. An unnamed reporter for a local newspaper tries to understand a very modern ménage a trois of flyers on the brainstorming circuit. These characters, Faulkner said, “w...more
While Pylon seems like mediocre Faulkner, it has elements that seem useful if contrasted to his other books. The plot is seen largely through the point of view of an alcoholic reporter who becomes ...more
The introduction ominously states that 'Pylon' is Faulkner's 2nd worst book,
which depending on what you think of him, could be saying something!
Friends and I were discussing the old biplanes and one of them mentioned
having read this book and that it was about barnstorming. I thought I'd read
enough Faulkner in my life, not really feeling extremely about him in either
direction, so I gave it a shot.
It is readable, you can actually tell what's going on, which is notable in
the Faulkner context. Th ...more
The dialogue in the book maintains that laughable “Showgirls” vibe in spades = “Yair! Why, they don’t have blood running through their veins, but crankcase oil, see?”, or “He was born on a parachute in an aircraft hangar, yair!!!”
I’m assured from the cover blurbs that William Faulkner is a “master” and a “genius”. That makes him almost as superhuman ...more
I meant to grab Faulkner's novel for a while now. Any novel to be honest. He is one of the great American authors and getting to know his body of work seemed a a duty to me. So when I snatched a vintage copy of Pylon just for around 1 euro ( a price at which it is difficult to buy a bookmark) I considered myself lucky. In a hindsight it is obvious that I have chosen wrong book to start my expedition into the literary world of a new author. My Fau ...more
La storia è narrata a New Valois, storpiatura di New Orleans, a metà degli anni Trenta. Un giornalista, alcolizzato e a caccia di storie, familiarizza con i prota ...more
I will add, however, that I would gladly read Pylon three more times before reading Mosquitoes again.
The writing is very hard to follow at times. There are often multi-page paragraphs and with nothing other than a ...more
The book gets off to a rough start - the prose is pretty thick in the first chapter and it is heavily influenced by Joyce's use of por ...more
The only elevation here is towards hysteria. "Mass Market Paperback" is Pyl ...more
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more