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Portrays the decay of the Mississippi aristocracy following the social upheaval of the American Civil War. The 1929 edition is an abridged version of Faulkner's original work. The full text was published in 1973 as Flags in the Dust.
Paperback, 467 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Editorial Seix Barral (first published 1929)
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Dec 28, 2014 Lawyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Miss Maxine Lustig, Lustig's Book Store, Tuscaloosa, Al.
Sartoris: William Faulkner's Creation of Yoknapatawpha County

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William Faulkner at the University of Virginia, 1957

"No man is himself, he is the sum of his past.”
Faulkner in the University, University of Virginia Press, 1995

February 7, 2012

I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973. I went there intending to become a professor of history. I changed my mind during a lecture my second semester in the History of Western Civilization when a college athlete began snoring behind me as one
Dale Jr.
Aug 21, 2012 Dale Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I finish a Faulkner novel, I find translating the experience into words difficult. There's something about this man's writing that leaves me wondering just how he did it.

It's been a while since I've read Faulkner and as I moved through the pages of Sartoris, I realized I had almost forgotten just how beautifully the man writes. He creates such a vivid, beautifully constructed world within the reader with his prose it's hard not to get lost within the book. Many people today tire of lo
Mohamed Karaly
Feb 17, 2015 Mohamed Karaly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عن اضمحلال الجنوب الأمريكى، بمشاهد قصيرة إيقاعها بطيئ مرسومة بتأنّ ٍ كأنها مشاهد ميتة وثابتة . جمل طويلة ومركبة.. أجمل ما يمكن أن يصل إليه التعقيد. فى الجزء الأخير والأعظم فى الرواية، الإحساس بالانحلال والنهاية الشاثع فى الجو كنسيم من البداية سيزيد تركيزه و سيظلّ الكاتب عبر حوالى خمسين صفحة يوترك بانتظار الموت، فتظل تتنفس ببطءعلى الحافة إلى أطول فترة ممكنة فى حشد مكثف من علامات الموت وانبعاث صور الماضى
من أكثر الأساليب التى أثرت فى ماركيز .. تأثيرا يكاد أحيانا يكون حرفيا
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Jun 05, 2015 Daryl rated it really liked it
This book is full of humor, despair, confusing interpersonal interactions, the casually accepted racism of the early-20th-century South, and really vigorous, gorgeous (if sometimes kind of adjectival and adverby) prose. The Sartoris men are insufferable (and cyclically so), Miss Jenny a hoot, Narcissa and Horace mostly puzzling, and Simon and family caricaturish and problematically delightful. Favorite bits include Old Bayard's trip to the Memphis doctor for his wen, Thanksgiving with Loosh, and ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Helen rated it really liked it
This was the first Faulkner novel I've read--I got turned off after reading "The Bear" in high school but my husband convinced me to give him another try. I'm so glad I did! The first thing I noticed about the book is that Faulkner's writing is so evocative and descriptive but also insightful and moving all at once. He creates atmosphere like no other writer I've ever read, and of course, he's very attentive to the specifics of place and time that root the reader in the world he's creating. The ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Violent modernity, in the form of automobiles, planes and The Great War (and even a touch of "the meaningless pandemonium" of the jazz age) intrudes on the settled agrarian world of the Old South, where Jim Crow ensured that everyone knew his place. Not that the men of the Sartoris family, all endlessly named and re-named John and Bayard, need any particular innovations to live recklessly and die young, supported throughout by the "passive courage" of their womenfolk.

This is Faulkner's third, th
Apr 21, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lincoln-park
Sartoris is the first novel Faulkner located in Yoknapatawpha County where he would go on to set fourteen more novels. In it he introduces the Sartoris family but the Snopes are also present in this early novel. It seems that he began to find his own voice in this novel, improving over his two earlier offerings (Soldiers' Pay and Mosquitoes).
He tells the story of a Southern family of the 'romantic' type, exhibiting chivalry and courage in a haughty and sometimes vain style. Bayard the younger,
Ricardo Serra
Tenho por hábito nunca deixar de ler um livro até ao fim. Por vezes esta "norma de conduta" torna-se penosa e maçadora. Esta foi uma das vezes, ler Sartoris até ao fim foi um autêntico martírio!

Uma leitura que nunca me prendeu, um enredo tenebroso e sem chama onde a narrativa nos cai "do céu" sem uma linha de orientação, sem o mínimo nexo aparente.. As 300 e tal páginas de Sartoris rapidamente se desdobraram para mais do dobro, tal a quantidade de vezes que voltava atrás e lia 2 ou mais vezes a
Dec 03, 2009 Barberry rated it really liked it
...Bayard Sartoris returned to his hometown from the battlefields of the First World War, bought a sports car and drove it so hazardously as if he wanted to experience the danger and speed of the patrol flight during which his tween brother John had been shot down. He spent several months in the Sartoris family house, enough time to ride wild horses, to hunt, to marry a woman, to cause a car accident that resulted in his grandfather's death, and left his pregnant wife and the hometown forever... ...more
Oct 09, 2015 dredinol rated it liked it
This doesn't compare with the epiphanic reaction to The Sound and the Fury in my adolescence. The cracks are clearer, and I am resentful of neat characterizations. Characters that stand out especially such as neurotic Quentin or tragic Benjy and melancholy Horace and wilful Bayard are evident examples. There is something irksome about the inevitableness of the fates of the characters that is staid or reverential depending on the reader's willingness to accept the credos of Mississippi.

Marcelo Lee
Dec 15, 2015 Marcelo Lee rated it it was amazing
i got confused at first... Faulkner suddenly throws out so many different Sartoris that it got kind of hard for me to keep up with everyone, but as novels unfolds, little by little things start to make more sense, until I realized it wasn't at all about the individuals in this particular family, but on the weight of its name. To be proud and ashamed of a name, to carry the weight of it.
I liked it, but it dragged a little towards the end, but then picked back up. I think I like Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury more than I liked this one.
Mar 04, 2015 Kit rated it it was ok
For me it is hard to believe that this and The Sound and the Fury are both written by the same man. Way too much artificial stretched descriptions, in my opinion lots of unimportant events while all I would have wanted to know more about are left out... Only at the end the book gets better, especially the time spent with McCallum family.

I have read some other Yoknapatawpha stories some 30 years ago or so, dont remember much. I truly love THe Sound and THe Fury, have read it so many times and wil
Txe Polon
En esta simbólica reconstrucción del fin de una era a través del fin de una saga familiar, Faulkner dosifica lo que nos cuenta de cada personaje de modo tan eficiente que, sin darnos cuenta, estamos cooperando en la construcción de los mismos, de manera que el proceso de lectura deja de ser un acto de contemplación y se convierte en una consciente de reconstrucción a través de los fragmentos que el autor nos proporciona. Pese a ser una de las novelas "fáciles", su profundidad psicológica y simbó ...more
Vitor Teixeira
Feb 23, 2016 Vitor Teixeira rated it liked it
I would love to read Flags in the Dust to get a proper understanding of what Faulkner was trying to achieve because I think it lacks something that makes this book a little confusing. It was a great experience but I'll leave a more profound critic to another time because I need to read what this book started and created after. Cheers
Erik Wyse
Nov 16, 2014 Erik Wyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took some time for me to fully delve into this novel, perhaps due to the overwhelming amount of colloquialisms and dialectic speech. By the end I was firmly drawn in to these conflicted characters who can't seem to escape their predetermined family path. The women openly wonder if the world would be more habitable without men, while the men cannot find solace in the qualities of everyday life back home. A haunting, tragic tone dominates the latter part of the book and lingers after the final ...more
Jun 13, 2009 shawn rated it really liked it
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just ramping up to the true masterpieces, this early work clearly indicates what faulkner was on the cusp of achieving. his language is already so detailed, so much more about the setting and circumstances than the inner workings of his characters, that it's a beautiful read. the plot doesn't get entirely fleshed out, but one doesn't really mind -- especially knowing that this book serves as something of a theme, wherein the main elements of most of the rest of his oeuvre are introduced or allud ...more
Meredith Cenzer
Sep 20, 2014 Meredith Cenzer rated it liked it
In my opinion, Faulkner hadn't quite come into his own yet when he wrote this. I really enjoyed seeing the origin of families and characters that go on to be central in his other books.
Maggie Eisenberger
Sep 09, 2015 Maggie Eisenberger rated it it was amazing
If I had read this 50 years ago when I should have, I don't think it would have meant as much to me. Now I want to reread The Sound and the Fury.
Feb 06, 2014 Edwarda rated it liked it
Pienso en ti por la noche, sé de ti algo más que verte andar por la calle con la ropa puesta. Pasas junto a mí, no te das cuenta, yo sí.
William S.
May 19, 2011 William S. rated it did not like it
This was my first sustained reading of Faulkner, and I was very disappointed. The writing was fine and subtle, and the setting memorable, both as to place and play of generations. What was jarring was the author's characterization of black Americans, soldiers who had fought in the First World War. Here was an appalling succession of period StepnFetchit stereotypes. I could hardly believe it. Now I have read more Faulkner (in particular The Portable Faulkner, edited by Malcolm Cowley), which just ...more
Apr 27, 2016 AustinT rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a steady stream of thrillers, mysteries and rock-star biographies it was hard to muster up the patience to take on some classic "litachoor" - particularly Faulkner. I struggled early on. Could not pull up any free Sparknotes or other "summary and analysis" websites to help me along. I slogged on to the end. This story was not near as difficult as Sound and the Fury but more complicated than Light In August or Intruders in the Dust. Of the handful of Faulkner I have read this was the least ...more
May 11, 2011 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I was in the midst of this, the L.A. Times ran a good article in the weekend travel section about Faulkner's hometown of Oxford, Mississippi and how the area became the basis for the fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

The writer points out what all true Faulkner fans know: "Faulkner's genius lies in both how he reflected his own world and how, on this ground, he uncovered something universal and profound."

J. Alfred
May 14, 2011 J. Alfred rated it really liked it
This is Faulkner's third novel, and it kicked off a string of his best (which happen to be some of the best in all American literature). You can that he is just sort of finding his stride with this one, and his characteristic traits are just starting to get solidified (including the perfectly imprecise adjectives. At two points in this book he refers to someone's "plausible face"- plausible face?), but it is still very good and a strong read. Faulkner is perfect for the summer.
Sam Reaves
Aug 16, 2012 Sam Reaves rated it liked it
I read The Sound and the Fury years ago but never got to anything else by Faulkner until now. This was the first of his Yoknapatawpha County novels and introduced many of the players who would reappear in later works. Bayard Sartoris comes back from the First World War to the stagnant, decaying society of northern Mississippi and proceeds to shake things up...
Robin Pyburn
Jul 29, 2011 Robin Pyburn rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I read most of Faulkner's novels over 50 years ago. In my teens, some were quite difficult but his whole oeuvre has left a lasting impression on me, particularly the Yoknapatawpha County novels, which fed into a fascination with the South. That probably began with Br'er Rabbit and Uncle Tom's Cabin and continues to such more recent works as Scotsboro and The Help
Mar 08, 2008 Mairi rated it really liked it
Picked up this book for one euro at a used bookshop in Lisbon. It is a first edition and the pages are falling that. Now I learn that the title has even been changed. You find yourself wondering if Falkner was racist..and quick web search, seems like a murky subject. Lots of stereotypical descriptions in this one. But very realistic picture of the time.
Michelle Casey
Aug 02, 2011 Michelle Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the heart of this book is a story of the loss and guilt of one brother losing his twin in the Great War. He never fully recovers because he never believed himself to hold a candle to his twin. The development of supporting characters added depth and sometimes humor to the Sartoris' legendary presence in their small southern town.
Nov 28, 2010 Mercedes rated it really liked it
After a visit to Rowan Oak on my Mississippi trip I wanted to read/reread all his novels from the beginning. Sartoris was one I had not yet read and was the first set in Yoknapatawpha County giving a early look at characters who appear in later novels.
Mar 22, 2007 Adam rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who rock
Shelves: generalstoryage
one of many a volume in Faulkner's fictinal yonknapatawapha (sp) county revolving around the snopes (as memory serves) family. pretty much good writing but meh, stand alone, not the hottest, but certainly no waste. served best w/ additional helpings.
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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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