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The Old Man

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  127 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Old Man is something of an adventure story. When a flood ravages the countryside of the lower Mississippi, a convict finds himself adrift with a pregnant woman.
Paperback, #692, 140 pages
Published November 1948 by Signet (first published January 1st 1939)
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Bruce
May 18, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This work was originally the second half of the novel entitled, The Wild Palms, which was also the name of the first half of the novel. Later, Faulkner was dissatisfied with the work as a whole, feeling that the second half was much stronger, and published the second half, reviewed here, as a stand-alone work.

The Old Man is the River, the Mississippi, at the time of a record-breaking flood in 1927. The characters in this novella are not named, referred to only as the tall convict and the plump c
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Julie Rylie
I’m not going to say I absolutely disliked this book because it’s not the case. It’s just nearly the case. If it was not for the extremely bright and wise way it was written (I mean, vocabulary wise) I would have hated its guts. It’s so damn fucking boring (!!!), like boring to the core. I had a hard time trying to focus on this one. The story is just so bland. I don’t fucking care about floods in the Mississippi (!) and I didn’t like the fact that none of the characters had names (!) they were ...more
Dick Edwards
Mar 05, 2013 Dick Edwards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Caroline
Jan 11, 2016 Caroline rated it it was ok
I really liked this book but feel like I missed out because I read it apart from the companion story. The timeline was a bit confusing as well. I got the sense that the convict whose story the narrator is describing is not the most honest storyteller but criticism on the story seems to disagree on that. I will have to reread.
John
Apr 19, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
i think i may come back and change this rating to 5 stars after i have more time to fully digest it. perhaps digest was not the right word or perhaps only spelled wrong? i enjoyed reading this. the absence of names i did not give a thought to until i read other reviews
Saturday Boy
Feb 12, 2016 Saturday Boy rated it it was ok
It was boring because based on one case, and most plot of this book are in a boat and water.
Vasco Ribeiro
História de um preso que salva uma mulher numa cheia que, aparentemente quer entregar-se mas não consegue e ao fim é tratado injustamente pela máquina burocrática
ta história não é linear tem flash-backs e acho que me perdi um pouco
Monika Maric
Feb 01, 2016 Monika Maric rated it did not like it
ne bas previse zanimljivo sa ne toliko upecatljivih Foknerovih strastvenih motivacija jedinog glavnog lika
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very humanity story
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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.

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