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The Mansion (The Snopes Trilogy #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  811 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
The Mansion completes Faulkner’s great trilogy of the Snopes family in the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi, which also includes The Hamlet and The Town. Beginning with the murder of Jack Houston, and ending with the murder of Flem Snopes, it traces the downfall of this indomitable post-bellum family, who managed to seize control of the town of Jefferson withi ...more
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Published July 12th 1965 by Vintage (first published May 1st 1959)
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Clif Hostetler
Aug 29, 2015 Clif Hostetler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
In this, the final book of Faulkner’s “Snopes” trilogy, we see the completion of the narrative that follows the rise of Flem Snopes from son of poor tenant farmer to bank president living in The Mansion.

Actually, the bank presidency was achieved by the end of the last novel, The Town. But the happenings in the previous two books of the trilogy are pretty well rehashed in this book, and thanks to the skilled and talented writing abilities of Faulkner the retelling is from a different point of vi
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is the third and final installment of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy. It wraps up the story of the Snopes family in brilliant fashion. Although the beginning and the end of this installment are closely tied, the great middle parts are as much a putting together of anecdotes as anything. By doing so, Faulkner does a better job of characterizing his Yoknapatawpha County better than in the others of the series - or maybe even better than the other novels I have read. Or, perhaps I was trying to see ...more
Judy
May 29, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Faulkner fans

The Mansion completes the Snopes trilogy (The Hamlet, 1940 and The Town, 1957.) This novel follows Faulkner's fictional town of Jefferson, MS, all the way up to early 1950s, but since a small Southern town was still quite behind the times in the 1950s and since Faulkner writes always within the hovering shadows of history, it barely feels like a modern story.

The resident psychopath in this volume is Mink Snopes. He is, as they say in the South, a piece of work, who could only have been created b
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Susan
Jul 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
The Mansion by William Faulkner. Rated 10 out of 10. Really loved this one? Ratliff and Gavin and ChIck go over and over the Snopeses (Flem, Mink, Linda primarily) again, from a later POV. You realize that Mink killing John Houston (over a tiny kennel fee to get his cow back) and Flem not coming to save him in 1908 has festered everyone until 1946 when Linda enables Mink to come home, Still angry enough at Flem to kill him, which GS in and Ratliff knew, which Flem himself knew and somehow Linda ...more
Martin
Apr 21, 2011 Martin rated it really liked it
Kind of a letdown after The Town. There is a good third of the novel that is a rehash of the previous two. I don’t mind, however, because the story is told by different narrators and there are added details. But sometimes I got a little impatient and had to remind myself that Absalom, Absalom also went over its material several times. However, I felt that Mink Snopes’ recollection of why he killed Houston was a bit of revisionism (Faulkner published The Hamlet nineteen years prior to The Mansion ...more
Lee Thompson
Dec 21, 2013 Lee Thompson rated it it was amazing
God, I love, love, love Faulkner. These last few years I've seen that "Counrty Noir" genre thrown around, and I love the stuff, and I think Faulkner invented it. Was nice to see a cameo in this final novel of the Snopes trilogy from Jason Compson (of THE SOUND AND THE FURY.) I always hated that bastard.
Still
Jul 23, 2014 Still rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Still by: My wife


For best results do not attempt to start this novel without having read the previous novels in the “Snopes Family Trilogy” in order of publication - The Hamlet and The Town (aka "Snopes Trilogy #2).
All three novels in the Snopes trilogy have intrigue, crime, murder, romance and heart-stopping poetry.

If you enjoy Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler or Horace McCoy, chances are this is your kind of read. All you have to do to enjoy these novels is become adjusted to the cadence of rural speech an
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Steen Alexander
Sep 17, 2015 Steen Alexander rated it it was amazing
The Mansion concludes what used to be called the 'Snopes Trilogy', which Faulkner himself wanted to call it: a sharp and deeply insightful portrait of Mississippi before there was anything called the Civil Rights Movement. Top marks - 5 stars - to all three novels in this trilogy.
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Paul Peterson
Jul 22, 2015 Paul Peterson rated it it was amazing
Incredible! Reading Faulkner always gives me a new appreciation for life. If we see our world from all angles, as he tells his tales, we have a much richer understanding and a HUGE experience, rather than just skimming the surface or even delving in from just one angle.

By the bye, anyone who claims Faulkner was racist simply because of a word he used is missing out. He obviously was the opposite of racist and any use of offensive wording was in character of one of his ignorant, low-life narrato
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Chris
Apr 18, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly, Faulkner's final novel. While The Reivers gives Yoknapatawpha a humorous curtain call, and Ike McCaslin (along with an invisible Lucas Beauchamp) the last word as they escape Doom, The Mansion sees the seed of Doom's defeat as the actions of Doom, the Old Moster, itself. Take for example, Jason Compson, silent and unseen since the end of The Sound and the Fury, returned here in the final act to challenge the infestation of Snopes, and his impotent rage again Flem Snope's general impotence ...more
Brandon
May 05, 2011 Brandon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cynics and romantics in need of a challenge
Recommended to Brandon by: Jim Hinkle & Chris Sullivan

The Mansion is more than the conclusion to The Snopes Trilogy. It’s one small cycle of humanity that spins off individuals who are more than the status quo can comprehend or handle.

The Mansion focuses on three Snopes—Mink, Linda Snopes Kohl and Flem. Stevens and Mallison still linger from The Town; Ratliff has been involved since the first novel of the trilogy, The Hamlet. But the big news in The Mansion is that the people are no longer the protagonists or antagonists. Whatever misanthropy migh
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Wendy
Apr 26, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If The Hamlet was poetry,as I thought it was, this book and The Town are architecture. Extremely complex architecture-- Faulkner must have had a great time building this novel.
Anastasia
Mar 23, 2015 Anastasia rated it liked it
good read, but I found it quite hard to follow the story
Nick Jones
Jul 31, 2015 Nick Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dominant critical opinion (at least it used to be, maybe things have changed recently) is that William Faulkner’s best work was his earlier work, when his modernist experimentation was most obvious, and that his later work, like Hemingway’s, fell into self parody. There is a gap in my knowledge of Faulkner: I have read a number of his works from the late 1920s and 1930s, but after that I haven't read anything until the last two, The Mansion and The Reivers, and I like them both. And I have r ...more
Bill Shackleford
Jul 20, 2014 Bill Shackleford rated it liked it
Decades ago when I first read the Snopes trilogy I was focused on the enigmatic and seemingly inevitable rise of Flem Snopes. As I returned many years later to Faulkner's The Mansion, I cannot help but wonder at how little he actually writes and explains about Flem and thus allows the reader to fill in his or her own perceptions. Now to me the remarkable thing is the great nullity of the character.

In The Hamlet Flem appears to succeed as a Trickster who shrewdly assesses the weaknesses of other
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Jeff
Jun 27, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
The final chapter of the Flem Snopes trilogy is another strong effort from Faulkner. With his wife dead, his daughter off to New York and married, Flem can now settle down to a quiet life of banking all day, increasing his fortune, then in the evening sitting with his feet on the special shelf on his mantle built just for that purpose.

As in all the books we have different narrators at times. We hear from Gavin Stevens and Charles Mallison mostly but the chapters and sections of the book center
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Kristiina Widenius
Lukupiiripakkopulla, osa kolme. Vaihtaisin tämän vaikka leivättömään pöytään. F. jatkaa vanhojen viiteen kertaan käsiteltyjen asioiden jauhamista ja fantisoi raiskauksesta luonnonilmiönä tai -voimana. Olisikohan ihan act of God? Eipä ole tästä maailmasta henkilökokoelmakaan. Tää ei oo mun tee.

"Kuin villi pukki metsästä joka hyppäsi vihannestarhan aidan yli ja tallasi sorkillaan paikallisia porkkanoita ja kurpitsoja ja munakoisoja jotka siihen asti luulivat tai ainakin toivoivat että Eulan neits
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Mat
Sep 08, 2014 Mat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting conclusion to the Snopes trilogy.
Faulkner has created some unforgettable, eternal characters here such as the good-natured V.K. Ratliff, a man who embodies human decency, the moral and affable Gavin Stevens who has a knack of attracting women and getting himself caught up in their machinations (often it is his own fault though) and then the intelligent, wily Flem Snopes and the patient, ruthless Mink Snopes who seeks revenge.
If you have ever found Faulkner's writing to be a little d
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Mike Gilbert
The third book in Faulkner's Snopes trilogy not only caps off the series, but feels as if it caps off a lifetime if story telling in Jefferson. Inside it's covers we see the threads of stories begun years before in The Hamlet wind down - for mink, Linda, and Flem Snopes, all told from the perspective of various characters that we have followed throughout the trilogy - and elsewhere. To further compound the story, Faulkner generously litters the tale with references to Colonel Sartoris, Jason Com ...more
Belen
Mar 04, 2013 Belen added it
Se acabó la trilogía de los Snopes.

Como conclusion podría decir una, estoy enganchada al condado de Yoknaphatawpha, o como se escriba. Quiero decir qeue aunque ya llevo varias novelas en el famoso condado de Faulkner, estas tres y sobre todo las dos últimas, La CIudad y La Mansión muestran un intento tremendo del autor por organizar los distintos personajes y familias que fue sacando en otras familias y dejarlos así como organizados y eso me ha resultado por un lado aburrido cuando hablaba de pe
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Christopher Sutch
Oct 16, 2013 Christopher Sutch rated it liked it
Faulkner's final _Snopes Trilogy_ novel is a disappointment. In some ways it is a stronger novel than its immediate predecessor _The Town_, though it shares the weakness of that novel (the whole storyline concerning Gavin Stevens, Charles Mallison, and Linda Snopes, which is not only mildly misogynistic, but dreadfully sentimental and syrupy as well; the syrup content in this book is increased about five-fold, which doesn't help). This is particularly true of the second section of this book, "Li ...more
Michael David
Aug 30, 2013 Michael David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'But you can me'

Linda Snopes was the daughter of Eula Varner Snopes. Eula killed herself at the end of The Town, perhaps in a way to protect her child. I believe it was Ratliff who suggested that it was probably because suicide was more respectable than her child being known as a bitch's daughter. Back in The Town Gavin Stevens already tried his best to push Linda away from Jefferson and the influence of her 'father,' Flem. Having deduced what actually happened, however, Linda moves away from Je
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Patrick
Sep 24, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another installment of the Snopes family story. The novel focuses on Flem Snopes, the patriarch of the family that ascends the social and financial ladder through a series of odd and shady dealings that lands him as president of a bank and the biggest mansion in Jefferson. The story revolves around the characters that are connected to his life and plight. Mink is a an especially interesting and unique character.

The writing is a manual for how to capture the voice of the people. The characters w
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Taylor Napolsky
Sep 22, 2014 Taylor Napolsky rated it it was amazing
Such a climactic, moving ending to the trilogy. I loved all three books but book one and three were my favorites. Reading them all was totally worth it, especially when it came to this ending.
K.M. Weiland
Dec 05, 2011 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it
The Snopes trilogy has been a steady progression in the maturity and complexity of Faulkner as an author, concluding with The Mansion, the tragic finale piece. Less quirky and expansive than its predecessors and decidedly tragic in its inevitable downward spiral, the book offers one of Faulkner's simultaneously most complex and comprehensible studies of human nature. The characters, with the exception of V.K. Ratliff, are less likable than in previous installments, but the almost magnetic pull o ...more
Katie
Apr 24, 2008 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I found this book repetitive at times (Faulkner rewrites parts of the story not only from the earlier two books in the Snopes trilogy but also from other parts of his career) and frustrating at others. I do think that Faulkner has developed and nuanced his idea of what it means to be a Snopes from when he introduced Byron Snopes in Flags in the Dust. I also can't help but let Linda get under my skin. I'm not comfortable with her character, even though she is the only one in the novel who doesn't ...more
Steve Gordon
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the best of the Snopes trilogy. The development of Mink as the luckless, ill fated peasant counterweight to Flem's slick rise to the feudal kingpin was magnificent. Linda Snopes' political development as a communist fighting fascism in Spain and subsequent return to Jefferson was a pleasant surprise. And once again, the striking dualism of Faulkner's nature perplexes - the ever hopeful Nobel prize speech giver vs. the novelist of our ever present doo ...more
Hugh Atkins
Jun 02, 2015 Hugh Atkins rated it it was amazing
The third in the Snopes series. It started slowly, recapping much of the first two books while filling in some details, but it finished strongly. I think this was the best of the trio.
Scott Murphy
May 23, 2015 Scott Murphy rated it really liked it
Worth
Kim
Oct 14, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, read-again
Well I'm finally finished with the Snopes (I think so anyway) and they're gone from my life now; but I doubt that they're gone from each other's lives. No matter how many of them die, or go to prison, or run away, or get killed in war; it seems like there are always new Snopes to take their place. This book completed the story of our "hero" Flem Snopes anyway. I liked it but it repeated a lot of the story from the previous books.
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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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