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
This is the book for those who find Faulkner's other well known works to be intimidating. As I Lay Dying deli ...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
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'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
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
What are the bones of our humanity? I am talking about the frame of emotions and feelings of our being, and that if we had to bare all that was not the most essential in ourselves, what would be left in that skeleton of humanity? I think that what is left is very hard and ugly: hate, disdain, disgust, incest, isolation, avarice, betrayal ...more
the more i look into this text the more i realize how carefully Faulkner was when he wrote it...almost every word is packed with significance...
it's very concentrated...
i read once that he wrote it in a very short time, with very few re-writes...i wonder of that's accurate...it seems far too artful to have been conceived off the cuff...but i'm ...more
Una storia impervia e dissacrante, tragica e al tempo stesso grottesca, che sconcerta per la spietata lucidità con la quale disseziona i sentimenti e traccia il percorso di esistenze senza scelta e senza speranza, irrimediabilmente votate alla solitudine più cupa.
L’epico viaggio della famiglia Bundren alla volta di Jefferson, con la bara di Addie precariamente trasportata su un vecchio carro sgangherato, più che un atto d’amore o di dedizione volto a esaudire le ultime volontà d ...more
عنوان: گور به گور؛ نویسنده: ویلیام فاکنر؛ مترجم: نجف دریابندری؛
نجف دریابندری؛ در یادداشتی مینویسد: «گور به گور» عنوانیست که من روی این رمان گذاشتهام، زیرا نتوانستهام عنوان اصلی آن را به عبارتی که خود بپسندم به فارسی درآورم. «همچون که دراز کشیده بودم و داشتم میمُردم» کوتاهترین عبارتی است که به نظر من معنای عنوان اصلی را دقیقاً بیان میکند. پایان نقل، این که از ترجمه عنوان کتاب، لابد برگرداندن متن اصلی به متن فارسی هم، چنین دشوار بوده، گویا، باید متن انگلیسی و فارسی ...more
It is confusing. Sure you will understand what happens, but is that why you read a book, to know step by step what happens? You are lucky if you understand how all the characters are related. You will need this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_I_Lay...
The characters - white trash. Even if you initially try to understand each character's personality, by the end you realize understanding these people is not w ...more
The gazillion character point of views frustrated the hell out of me. Especially since most of the characters were indistinguishable from each other. Multiple character point of views can be interesting and strengthen a story, here I found that since most of them sounded the same and said the same things it was redundant. So what if Faulkner was the first, or one of the first, to wr ...more
"In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you were filled with sleep, you never were. I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he doesnt not know whether he is or not. He cannot empty himself for sleep because he is not what he is a ...more
Faulkner rolls horror, comedy and tragedy all into one and crams almost the full range of human experience into this small group o ...more
Anse the father with no capacity beyond his desire for new teeth. Darl the disturbed. Cash the damaged. Jewel the different. Vardaman the chi ...more
It is awfully hard to identify with a book whose characters seem to be unforgivably ridiculous. There are many references to the character Anse's constant 'misfortune'. Seems to me that he and his children deserve everything they get. T ...more
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more