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Preview — One Matchless Time by Jay Parini
One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner
I approached it with jaded eyes because I didn't particlarly care for Jay Parini's biography of John Steinbeck. That book wasn't bad; it just didn't do a whole lot that was original except it its interpretations of some of Steinbeck's texts. I didn't learn much from Parini's Steinbeck that I hadn't already learned from Jackson J. Benson's biography, published a number of years earlier.
Such was not the case with Parini's 'One Matchless Time," his Faulkner biography. Parini ...more
I felt this book was a good overview of Faulkner's life but was a bit too sympathetic towards the man. Usually when I walk away from a biography I'm left with a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I was also disappointed that towards the end of his life Faulkner became such a humanist. I'd preferred ...more
in spite of this i still really enjoyed this book...parini is very reverent to faulkner and his work, which i appreciated, and treats both subjects with obvious tenderness and grace...faulkner's failings as a husband, as a son, as an artist, and as a human being are not paraded before the reader as gleeful schadenfreude...one comes away from both faulkner's triumphs and failures with ...more
Faulkner must hold an irresistible allure for biographers, but Joseph Blotner's colossal 1974 biography of the author and the shortage of much new information beyond Blotner's work make all but the most devoted writers move forward. Parini, novelist, poet, and biographer of Robert Frost and John Steinbeck, takes a pragmatic approach, opting for concision and a smattering of new interviews with Faulkner's friends and family. The book weaves Faulkner's story in with chronological analyses of his b...more