As I Lay Dying
“I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall.” —William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother
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............ There are people who actually like this?
Seriously though, I'm pretty sure I get it, I just don't like it. There is a family and each one is a reflection of a way of living, or in some case ...more
The story, and there is a very strong clear linear narrative here, is wonderfully stupid. A back country family in Mississippi in the 20s has their dear mama Addie Bundren up and die on them and the lazy-ass sumbitch daddy thinks he then has to carry out her settled dying wish which, very unreasonably, was to get buried with her own kin 40 miles aw ...more
Αυτό το «καθώς»είναι που προσδίδει τόσο βαθύ μυστήριο και πόνο λες και συγκεντρώνει το νόημα και την ουσία όλης της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης την ώρα του επιθανάτιου ρόγχου. Τελευταίες αναπνοές θανάτου ίσως
σημαντικότερες απο την ίδια την ανάσα των ζωντανών.
Με κυρίευσε αυτός ο τίτλος. Με σημάδεψε.
Τι αλήθεια σκέφτεται κάποιος τις τελευταίες του στιγμές;
Καθώς ψυχορραγεί. Καθώς τελειώνει. Καθώς γεύεται το μυστικό του θανάτου που του ψιθυρίζει λόγι ...more
I was expecting the run-on sentences and outright rejection of periods that I found in the first book. Instead, I found short little chapters, and voices that spoke in terse sentences that only hinted at what lay beneath.
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes ...more
This is the book for those who find Faulkner's other well known works to be intimidating. As I Lay Dying deli ...more
“Life sucks, and then you die.”
~ Cerebral Fix**
We’re all dying.
So, do we meekly submit to the futility and suffering of this hard human lot or do we rise and rail with pride and vanity against the final hungry desolation with every spark of vitality coursing through our heated veins?
Or—quietly finagle to get what we’re wanting?
What makes one good?
“The reason for living is to get ready to be dead a long time.”***
Addie Bundren died. She lived ...more
Reread Sept. 2016
“I can remember how when I was young I believed Death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind - and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.”
Death brings out the best and the worst in the families. The deceased doesn’t just escape our reality but changes the way we look at ...more
Faulkner's short novel about a rural family following the death of their matriarch. Funny, disturbing, maddening, thought provoking, and mysterious.
I have never been a big fan of stream of consciousness ( thus I have never finished The Sound and the Fury) and Faulkner does well to limit that technique here. He does employ multiple narrators, varying perspectives, themes and an eclectic narration.
I cannot help thinking this is a thin, minimalistic American version of War ...more
This is waayyy more accessible than, say, "The Sound and the Fury" and for those who have strayed away from this darling writer, this particular masterpiece will immediately put him or her in Faulkner's dire ...more
و ترجمه ...more
By and By, Lord, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky?
... Habershon, 1907 (adapted/recorded by The Carter Family).
This 1930 novel is truly unique in structure being narrated via the stream of consciousness of 15 characters over 59 chapters, each of which begins with the narrating character's name. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the Bundren family in Jefferson County, Mississippi, in taking their mom/wife Addie by ...more
When a book makes you ponder each page, the meander in narrative style and closeness (because this is not only stream of consciousness narration), the bend in style and language, the oddly berserk characters, yes - strangely beautiful.
As there are plenty of title summaries available here, I’m not going to bore readers with another one. I would, however, like to speak to some of the negative criticism t ...more
The novel tells the story of the Bundren family in their quest to bury their recently deceased (well, she's alive but on her death bed when the story opens) mother, Addie. And if you thought your family was dysfunctional, you haven't read enough Faulkner yet. Think turn of the century white trash and you're getting close. The Bundrens are a muddled mass of secrets, lies ...more
I personally had no problem with Faulkner's prose but I can see where people have problems. I really enjoyed the constant changing perspective. It's a really interesting narrative device that I haven't seen employed in any other book that I've read. It makes the novel really unique and memorable.
This isn't really a plo ...more
حصلت على أول راوية لفوكنر وأنا في المرحلة الثانوية، كانت من سلسلة نوبل التي تصدرها المدى، ومن ترجمة جبرا إبراهيم جبرا وبعنوان (الصخب والعنف)، لم أكن أعرف فوكنر حينها، ولكن جائزة نوبل جعلته مثيراً في عيني.
قلبت كياني (الصخب والعنف)، كانت شيئاً لم اقرأه من قبل، رواية كتبت بذكاء، وبروح حقيقية، وكانت ولازالت تتصدر قائمة الروايات التي أرغب في إعادة قراءتها مراراً مستمتعاً ومتعلماً.
ورغم شهرة فوكنر، وأستاذيته على جيل من الروائيين الأمريكيين والأمريكيين الجنوبيين إلا أنه مظلوم في التر ...more
I'm glad I decided to approach Faulkner through audiobooks. Had I not done so, it's possible that I would have abandoned his writing early on, defeated by its inherent difficulty. As it is, in each of the novels I've tackled so far - this one, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury - I've been able to first engage with the narrative through the voices of the characters and the rhythm of their speech. Hearing their voices led me into their lives.
One of the things that stru ...more
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The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more