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Snopes (The Snopes Trilogy #1-3)

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  568 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Here, published in a single volume as Faulkner always hoped they would be, are the three novels that comprise the famous Snopes trilogy, a saga that stands as perhaps the greatest feat of Faulkner's imagination. The Hamlet, the first book of the series chronicling the advent and rise of the grasping Snopes family in mythical Yoknapatawpha County, is a work that Cleanth Bro ...more
Hardcover, 1072 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Modern Library (first published 1959)
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Just finished The Hamlet portion of the trilogy today. Aside from a portion of Eula's chapter that I found a bit unfathomable, I really enjoyed this book, with Faulkner's creative use of language and construction, the apparently highly fertile and seemingly without scruples Snopes clan, so many features.

Looking back to Eula's chapter, and keeping in mind past reading of Faulkner, I'm wondering if any incoherence in this chapter is reflecting the acknowledged state of Eula's mind. She did not ta
Faulkner tells the story of the rise of the Snopes family through three novels,"The Hamlet"; "The Town"; and "The Mansion." It is a stunning cycle of stories depicting the decay of the south as it is overtaken by new social values at odds with the past.

At times the story is told by an apparent omniscient narrator. At others it is solely told from the perspective of specific voices, especially the attorney Gavin Stevens, his nephew Chick Mallison, and V.K. Ratkliff, a travelling salesman, vending
Sep 17, 2011 Bobby rated it it was amazing
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Sho' now. I certainly am not fit to give ol' windbags anything less than 5 stars. A true epic masterpiece, that's all. If brevity is the soul of wit, as the man says, then this book is as soulless as they come. No, that's not right. Sho', it has soul. Plenty. Just none in the direction of brevity. Why use 3 words when 30 would do? Sho. If you ever have spent a spell on the front porch of your grandparents and listened to them spin a yarn - and if you happen to be graced with a Southern birth - t ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Faulkner remains an enigma to many, even to students of 20th Century American Literature. I struggled most of my younger days with Faulkner, knowing he was an accalimed, Nobel Laureate, but feeling like a tourist in a strange land. After a bout with him in a HS English class I left with the feeling Id just witnessed something significant but impenetrable. College level courses shed no light on the density and at times obtuseness of his prose. I heard glowing praise of his work but sensed even th ...more
Aug 13, 2007 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone should read some Faulkner
Wal now, iffen I were ta tell ya jest sommat about this ere book, jest enuff so's you'd be wantin ter read it but not so much that ye wouldn' half ter read it, then I reckon about alls I could say is that it's this ere sorter soap oprey set up in the north of Mississippi runnin down inter Memphis a bit, durin the early part, or leastways the first half of it, of the 20th centery and that theys Snopes and dramy and reglar folks jest livin or tryin to and Snopes, and color and Snopes and tragedy a ...more
Diane Barnes
Aug 06, 2012 Diane Barnes rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful 3 weeks I have just spent in Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County. I feel like a resident there who sees these characters walk the streets of Frenchman's Bend and Jefferson every day. This is Faulkner's genius, I think; to put you "there" with dialogue and descriptions in real time. Gavin Stevens and V.K. Ratliffe are 2 of my very favorite fictional characters in literature. And Wallstreet Panic Snopes is the best name ever. I leave it up to scholars to discuss symbolism and metaphor ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I appreciated reading this trilogy on my Kindle. I might not have finished the individual titles as readily had I picked them up separately. The books are paginated, but not individually. The series has 1066 pages, and, for instance, The Mansion starts on page 677. There are few typos, but very few, and when they do occur, the meaning is easily discerned.

Reviews will be found under the individual title:

The Hamlet

The Town

The Mansion
Alexandra Pitcher
Oct 14, 2009 Alexandra Pitcher rated it it was amazing
I fully believe that Faulkner deserved the Nobel Prize simply for inventing the character of Flem Snopes. Not to mention Eck, Mink, I.O., Admiral Dewey, Montgomery Ward, and (last but not least) Wallstreet Panic Snopes. People who compare Cormac McCarthy to Faulkner have missed something very important: Faulkner wrote some of the funniest scenes in all of literature, even when the surrounding story was piercingly sad or grim.
Lee Thompson
Dec 21, 2013 Lee Thompson rated it it was amazing
Takes forever to read, but time well-spent. Now I'm inspired.
Anthea Carson
Mar 31, 2012 Anthea Carson rated it it was amazing
This book made me want to move to Yoknapatwa county. I don't know if that's spelled right. I don't care. Because Yoknapatwa county is the intentionally silly made up name county that surrounds Oxford, Mississippi where William Faulkner lived. It's a real place. I don't know how many of the characters are based on real people, but it sure feels like they are. You can actually research the history of the characters and the people who inspired them, because there are volumes and volumes written on ...more
May 17, 2011 Ronald rated it it was amazing
Reading Faulkner by starting with The Sound and the Fury, as my college literature professor forced me to do, is a big mistake. The Snopes trilogy is much more accessible, filled with dark humor and simple plots. I reread the Snopes Trilogy every three or four years just for the pure pleasure of the language. To fully enjoy Faulkner it helps to have been raised in a small town in the pre-modern South, but it isn't necessary.
Oct 24, 2007 Lew rated it really liked it
I like this Faulkner better than the self-consciously literary one of 'Absalom, Absalom'. This is more of the back porch Bill, I guess, "just" a storyteller. My favorite scene is when V.K. Ratliff, the sewing-machine agent, a bit of an outsider to the Yoknapatawpha world and a cannier man than most, realizes that he, too, has been taken in by one of Flem Snopes's schemes.
K. Wills
Sep 01, 2012 K. Wills rated it it was amazing
Faulkner wrote this trilogy over a long period of time - decades, in fact. "The Hamlet" was written in the 1920s, with "The Town" and "The Mansion" completed much later, in the 1950s. I found "The Hamlet" to be more entertaining than the others, though the plot thickens and the characters deepen as the story goes on. But the enjoyment is not quite up to par in the later works, primarily because Faulkner developed a somewhat overwrought style of writing in his later years that detracts from, rath ...more
Jan 15, 2008 Gerbik rated it it was amazing
The BEST Faulkner. This is the first time the trilogy has been published as such, and reading these novels successively is crucial if you're going to read them at all. An interesting thing about the trilogy is that, more often than not, the characters/narrators are dealing with their own confusion about what is going on. They don't understand what Snopes is up to and all of their efforts to keep up with him and his closed-door dealings make them guess, revise, tell half-truths, and so on. If you ...more
Aug 29, 2010 John rated it really liked it
When Faulkner wrote about the Southern aristocracy from which he sprang, his stories were psychologically complex, but not really complimentary. His subjects are often thuggish and brutal.

But here, in his most epic set of novels, he reaches back and finds a special sort of loathing -- common throughout the world, and by no means unique to the US South -- of the old-money aristocrat for the grasping, small-minded nouveau riche.

It is striking how -- apart from the outcasts Mink (a cracker murder
May 11, 2007 علی rated it liked it
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 سی پی اشاره م
Jan 13, 2008 Hugo rated it really liked it
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Terence Carlisle
Mar 06, 2016 Terence Carlisle rated it it was amazing
If you want your Faulkner light, give the Snopes trilogy a try. Comprised of three novels – “The Hamlet,” “The Town,” and “The Mansion” – “Snopes” follows the grasping, dirt-grubbing Snopeses in their darkly comic rise to power in Faulkner’s fictional Yoknapatawpha County. The proceedings are as base, sordid and full of treachery as the most ardent believer in Original Sin could demand and the prose is as full of thunder and lightning as ever.
Oct 11, 2012 Gurldoggie rated it it was amazing
Five stars isn't nearly enough for this masterpiece. A comprehensive and intricate look at the many personalities that make up Yoknapatawpha County. Like all of the best Faulkner novels, this book presents worlds within worlds. Comic set pieces that reveal great psychological depths; Tortured scenes of anger and revenge that hinge on silly misunderstandings; great studies of love, hate, envy, ambition, parenthood, childhood, and horse trading. Like the bible or Huckleberry Finn, this is a book t ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good but very long. It was about a family living in Yoknapatawpa's, Mississippi a small town.. It covered all the generations of the family called Snopes. Most of the details of this family were sad. It covered the period of the First World War to after the Second World War. The story had a few funny parts, but it also showed how people were treated in the South, especially the Negro race. It is a moving story, and is considered a Classic. If you can devote the time to read it, it is we ...more
Ann O'Connell
Sep 01, 2011 Ann O'Connell rated it it was amazing
It has been many years since I have picked up anything by Faulkner, but this edition has been beckoning me from my bookshelf for many years. Having just completed The Hamlet portion of the Snopes Trilogy, I laughed aloud for a good part of it. What a great story teller! Apparently this edition includes many pages that were not included in previous editions for fear of offending readers. And unlike the critical mass of what I read, its characters will remain embedded in my mind forever.
Jul 16, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing
Accessible Faulkner, that rolls along like Dickens at his best. Gavin Stevens has always been one of my favorite denizens of Yoknapatawpha County, and the question of the Snopeses has always been one of the most interesting Faulkner issues. The three novels here had some substantial sections edited out, probably because of their graphic sexual content, and those are now restored, so there were substantial sections of each novel that were new to me.
Terry Gorman
Mar 27, 2009 Terry Gorman rated it it was amazing
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I am not a person to reread too many books, but this book has a permanent place on my nightstand. Before bed, if I'm not in the mood to read anything that I'm currently reading, I grab this book, randomly flip it open and start reading. It's just that amazingly enjoyable!
Kay Robart
Nov 20, 2013 Kay Robart rated it really liked it
See my review of The Hamlet here:

See my review of The Town here:

See my review of The Mansion here:
Jan 31, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Man..what didn't I learn. This is a lesson in life, in the changes that took place in america in the 19th century. Lots of stories and asides, but I loved this book and it will definately need a second read through to realy appreciate it
Jul 26, 2016 Devi rated it liked it
My first Faulkner - and it took me some time to read it.

Overall the three books within this volume were good. I found it difficult at times, however, to keep track of things as the narrator shifts between the chapters.

Apr 06, 2009 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Anyone who really wants to love faulkner must spend quality time with the snopes. Just reading these three alone will give you an amazingly comprehensive view of everything this man accomplished with his work.
just can't do times humerous but I get bogged down by the l.e.n.g.t.h.y descriptions and storytelling that I forget what's going on and who's talking. Maybe another time.
May 24, 2008 Dorothy rated it really liked it
Current research question -- when Faulkner writes about the Snopeses in fancy language, is he only making fun of them? Or something else?

Katherine Jensen
May 28, 2012 Katherine Jensen rated it it was amazing
Finished The Hamlet on July 26, 2006. I finished The Town on February 6, 2007. Completed The Mansion on February 23, 2007.
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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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Why yes he thought it ain't a place a man wants to go back to; the place dont even need to be there no more. What aches a man to go back to is what he remembers.

from... THE MANSION page 106
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