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Santuário

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,678 Ratings  ·  456 Reviews
An assortment of perverse characters act out this dramatic story of the kidnapping of a Mississippi debutante.
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published 1982 by ABRIL (first published 1931)
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Anthony Vacca
Jan 19, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanctuary is a bleak southploitation novel casually dismissed by Faulkner as a "potboiler" he wrote to make a few bucks back when he was a coal-shoveler who pumped out groundbreaking experimental novels by night. Faulkner also claims he wrote this novel with the modest goal in mind of writing the most horrific tale he could imagine. Say what you will about the merits of this book (read: piss off if you dismiss this book) but you have to give the man his due: this novel is some seriously twisted ...more
Jonathon
May 05, 2013 Jonathon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, Im going to be honest and tell you how I feel about Faulkner.....Fuck Faulkner. No, seriously, fuck him! Im sorry, he's got a lot of street cred. but his books are slow and dull and do not capture the reader at all within the first chapter (I have the attention span of a fish). This is ground for dismissal on my part. I tried reading this one and "The Sound and Fury" and even though they sounded awesome, within the first chapter I couldn't read anymore. His work is like nails on a chalkboard ...more
Danica
Nov 01, 2014 Danica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to begin by saying that reading through the reviews for this book is a very frustrating experience. Every second review quotes that Faulkner only wrote this book to make money and that this is why they do not like the book.

Let me clarify this issue for anyone that doesn't know the actual facts surrounding the changes that Sanctuary undertook before it was published. I'm certain other people have done so already on this thread, but please humour me.

Here is a quote from Faulkner at the ba
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Ryan
Aug 21, 2007 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is considered one of Faulkner's more accessible books. He said he wrote it "just for the money". It is easier to read than many others. My problem with Faulkner is, he makes me feel dumb. I have trouble following his narratives, always have. Sometimes he can go for several pages of dialog between two characters and never refer to the identity of the person speaking. Is this deliberate? Anyway, I only had trouble with one part of this book. There is a character named Red who shows up and get ...more
Ginny_1807
Jul 29, 2014 Ginny_1807 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ogni volta che chiudo un libro di Faulkner, sento immancabilmente il bisogno di ricominciarne la lettura dall'inizio, per timore di essermi lasciata sfuggire qualche sfumatura del significato che lo scrittore ha inteso affidare al testo; tanto più che l'audacia stilistica e strutturale che caratterizza questo autore di norma lo rende tanto complesso quanto magnifico e unico.
Anche con Santuario mi è successo di dovere ritornare sulle pagine, non per la prosa o l'intreccio - che si attengono ai c
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Jim
This is the book that put Faulkner on the map back in 1931, 27 years before Lolita was published in the US and put Nabokov in the same public spotlight. In both cases, these writers had produced several great novels prior, but it was their shocking portrayal of a young girl's rape that drew the public's attention.

Set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Sanctuary follows the story of Horace Benbow after he leaves his wife and step-daughter. He returns to his childhood hometown, and is q
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Leslie
Sep 01, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm... what to say about this novel? I can see why Faulkner referred to it as a pot-boiler but, as with some other wonderful writers (Graham Greene for example), it is so well-written that it is something more than just a crime story. And what a crime story! I would put it in the category of "Brighton Rock" or perhaps classic film noir -- there is no real hero (even Horace Benbow (view spoiler)). The ...more
Naele Yousefi
به عمری فکر می کنم که سر یاد نگرفتن ها صرف کرده ام./

قضیه این است که مردها نمی توانند ما زن ها را آنطور که هستیم ببینند و درک کنند. ما را هر طور که دوست دارند می سازند و آنوقت انتظار دارند که جور دیگری هم باشیم.
Peri Kitapları
"Hey Tanrım! Ne derseniz deyin siz, kötü denen şey bulaşıveriyor insana, ona değmeden uzaktan baksan bile..." (sayfa 80)

Kitap bitti!
Yazar bu kendi kitabı için şöyle demiş"düşleyebileceğim en korkunç öykü!" Evet gerçekten de öyle! Korkunç bir öykü!
Zaten bu kitabı yazar ilk yazdığı hali ile yayıncısına götürdüğünde, yayıncısı, "bu kitabı bu hali ile basarsak ikimizi de hapise atarlar" demiş! Yazar da biraz değişiklik yaparak yeniden yazmış.

Yazar ile ilk tanışmam bu kitapla oldu. Şunu söylemem gere
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Lynda
Jul 01, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynda by: Lawyer
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perihan
Dec 15, 2015 perihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hey Tanrım! Ne derseniz deyin siz, kötü denen şey bulaşıveriyor insana, ona değmeden uzaktan baksan bile..."
(sayfa 80)


Yazar bu kendi kitabı için şöyle demiş"düşleyebileceğim en korkunç öykü!" Evet gerçekten de öyle! Korkunç bir öykü!
Zaten bu kitabı yazar ilk yazdığı hali ile yayıncısına götürdüğünde, yayıncısı, "bu kitabı bu hali ile basarsak ikimizi de hapise atarlar" demiş! Yazar da biraz değişiklik yaparak yeniden yazmış.

Yazar ile ilk tanışmam bu kitapla olmuştu. Şunu söylemem gerekir ki an
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Doug H
Oct 25, 2015 Doug H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't really tell you who was who and what was what, but I really liked the baby kept in a box. Lurid stuff, but I've had worse nightmares.
Cory
May 08, 2008 Cory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brendan and Becca
I must say that Sanctuary is so far my favorite Faulkner novel. This may seem weird to people who know Faulkner, as it was considered my many (and said by WF himself) that this was his most commercial book and was made so he could break into the more mainstream audiences. I however do not believe this and find that it is another cause of a brilliant author playing down a novel that may not be as poetic and elegant as their other novels, but better in ways that may seem "commercial" or "popular". ...more
Beale Stainton
Jan 03, 2013 Beale Stainton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Faulkner is a brilliant writer, perhaps one of the best. The story line is not for the faint hearted. There are a number of major questions looming, but personally, I'm not even going to bother with them. I often found myself completely taken by the poetry of Faulkners sentences and paragraphs, that had the author been any less of a writer then the book would be one of the worst ever written. Yes, it is a very fine and balanced art. I only stopped reading it 10 minutes ago so it is all too fresh ...more
Izumen
Днес посегнах на Фокнър. Посегнах към това, което беше най-близо до креслото, а това за съжаление се оказа криминален роман. Единственият му криминален роман. Този тип литература ме изнервя, ядосва и отегчава със своето старание да замаскира, винаги изненадващия финал. Щом кралят-Конан Дойл със своя Холмс не можаха да ме задържат повече от 2 разказа, то какво да говорим за автор, на който жанрът му е чужд.
За моя изненада, това се оказа съвсем порядъчна книга с доста банална история, разбира се
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Steve
Part of my re-reading of Faulkner project. I may write more later, but I revisited this one shortly before joining Goodreads. Anyway, basically Faulkner does noir. And he does it very well. One of the most disturbing books in American Literature. A genre book that is so much more. Ever been somewhere you didn't want to be? With bad people giving you the Eye? If you ever want to recapture that creepy feeling, this is the book for you. As Temple Drake, a major character in the book puts it: "Somet ...more
Fred
Jun 08, 2015 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My wife and I are avid readers. When one of us finds a work that especially suits our aesthetic standards we will remark "you'll love this one. The sentences are beautiful". It's the beautiful sentences that drew me into this novel.

As is my wont, I never read reviews of books until I've finished them. I adopted this policy after completely ruining a few 'in progress' novels by reading other readers' opinions. It was never the 'spoilers' so much as the complaints about some stylistic choice of t
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Matt
Apr 07, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could give this 4 stars just for the writing. I love Faulkner's writing style (when I can understand anything happening). I don't know what exactly it is, but he somehow oozes that slow easy southern world that he is writing about.

As far as Faulkner goes, this was only a moderately confusing book. There are a bunch of wild and crazy characters hanging out and drinking around a moonshiners place, and I was never quite sure who was who, who owned the place, who did what, or even how many there w
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Nick
Jan 16, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2016
-The writing isn't up to Faulkner's wickedly high standards, but it's still better than most anything else. Had F taken the time to revise it before cashing in it would be seen as equal to his prior two by lit types.
-Many point out the book's bleakness but like the high tragedies F drew from it is not without comic relief. An episode of two townfolk unwittingly staying in a Memphis brothel stands out.
-Unfortunately the naming here is a little cute. Narcisa, the self-absorbed sister, Temple Drake
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Sam Reaves
OK, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. No doubt he deserved it. That doesn't put him beyond criticism. I had trouble with this book, which is supposedly Faulkner's "potboiler". It's certainly lurid enough, with its tale of the rape and corruption of a young girl at the hands of Memphis gangsters, but we shouldn't have to work so hard to get through a potboiler. Not only are some of the key passages so cryptically phrased that it's tough to figure out what just happened (no doubt to avoid cen ...more
Greg
Really enjoyed this. What an amazing writer. The tension builds slowly. The writing style still feels modern. There is a cinematic quality, as a scene is set up and then left, and changes to another place and characters who mention what happened after leaving the previous scene. Much more powerful than spelling it out in detail.
Hambonebro
Nov 02, 2009 Hambonebro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in great writing
I am into writing my second book. The plot is semi-developed. I like it like that because depending on how the characters come to life a lot of flexibility is required. My stories
shape up best when I can inhabit the characters and identify with what makes them tick and as of last week things were moving slowly.

The reason may be because unlike my first one, “Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed” where one of the subjects featured was the world of hip hop, which I was completely familiar with from my work as
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Eli
Dec 15, 2013 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quelle-horreur
It hurts so much. And it uses elements of Faulkner's best stories--the outsider attorney showing the South to itself, the lynch mob mentality that sweeps up crowds of churchgoing Mississippians, the cold morality of (some) women, the super messed up family.
But he didn't write it to be good, he wrote it to be shocking and exciting, yet painful. So you go, Will F. Mission accomplished. While you're at it, pat me and tell me things are going to turn out OK for somebody in this story...no? OK, then
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Selena
Aug 08, 2007 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Faulkner (I know I know!) and maybe not the best choice for a first impression. In book club I learned it was considered a "pot boiler" and was one of his best sellers, probably because of the sex and booze included. (But not sexy sex in case that intrigued you). I'm told that of Faulkner's work, this is a more plot driven novel, although our group agreed not the most pleasant of plots. That said, the writing gives the reader a strong sense of place, and many passages are absol ...more
Erika
Oct 19, 2014 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You guys, I didn't love it. I feel like I should re-read it with a cliffs notes, so I can get the people, places and chronology straight. But. I just don't care. Like, at all.
Santiago Álvarez
Se trata del peor libro de William Faulkner y sin embargo del mejor vendido, un libro realizado por encargo para poder sobrevivir, un remedo de novela negra que le pidieron escribir y del que Faulkner siempre renegó.

Pero la pluma de este escritor es tan deslumbrante que, incluso en un registro alejado de su literatura es capaz de dar lecciones de maestría en cada página. El libro tiene una estructura curiosa, demorándose en escenas y situaciones que no son habituales en una trama de acción como
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Celisa Steele
Aug 09, 2007 Celisa Steele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those already familiar with Faulkner
I think The Sound and Fury and Absalom, Absalom are great books; Sanctuary is a good book. That's why I said I'd recommend Sanctuary to those already familiar with Faulkner. That said, on the other side of the coin, Sanctuary could be like Faulkner with training wheels, as I think the strong plot helps carry readers along despite his obfuscatory style. There aren't as many beatiful lyrical passages in Sanctuary as in The Sound and Fury and Absalom, Absalom either (assuming I'm remembering correc ...more
Kallie
Aug 31, 2014 Kallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This title must be meant ironically, as there is no sanctuary for anyone in this book. The narrative, start to finish, is harrowing and senseless and an apt if exaggerated depiction of human society nearly devoid of love (save for Horace Benbow, poor guy, and the women he tries to help), or even sense (in that regard, I was reminded of Samuel Beckett). The writing and imagery are compelling and at times gorgeous and at time stomach-turning. I prefer 'As I Lay Dying,' which was similar but offere ...more
Tom Brennan
A grim look at human nature, especially the behavioral double standards set by society and individuals. Everyone in the novel has an angle and a weakness, which makes them all too human and by the same token more complex. I suppose I could talk about symbolism and the like, but Faulkner himself said the book is about people, and that he did not intend anything beyond that. (Tempting though it is to overlay meanings on the work.)

While Faulkner calls Sanctuary a potboiler, it does retain his pench
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Susana
Jul 23, 2012 Susana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't take this the wrong way, the man can write a book, but I just couldn't identify with his crude, disenchanted and raw writing, with his evil and cruel characters and the style in which it was written. Maybe with another of his books, maybe when I'm older, I'll be able to endure this sad portrait of human existence. For now, I prefer to join my Kazuo Ishiguro and my Jane Austen.
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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.

The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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“It's not four days ago I find a bastard squatting here, asking me if I read books. Like he would jump me with a book or something. Take me for a ride with the telephone directory.” 3 likes
“I be dog if hit don't look like sometimes that when a fellow sets out to play a joke, hit ain't another fellow he's playing that joke on; hit's a kind of big power laying still somewhere in the dark that he sets out to prank with without knowing hit, and hit all depends on whether that ere power is in the notion to take a joke or not, whether or not hit blows up right in his face, like this one did in mine. ("A Bear Hunt")” 3 likes
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