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The Mansion (The Snopes Trilogy #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  651 ratings  ·  31 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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 12th 1965 by Vintage (first published May 1st 1959)
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Judy
May 29, 2012 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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Martin
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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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Chris
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 4 of 5 stars
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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Bill Shackleford
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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Mat
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
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
'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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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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
Esteban 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
Kim
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.
Alan
My favorite Faulkner novel, though I have re-read As I Lay Dying and a couple others more often. For one thing, The Mansion is written from the perspective of a psychopathic murderer, anxious to get out--so that he can murder again. And by the end of the novel, the reader is with the psychopath, hoping he can kill his relative who has drained, one by one, all his relations' wealth and property.
Caroline Picard
i lost the thread of this book, as often seems to happen with faulkner and me. i want to like him so much, and certainly i do. i loved the beginning of this book, only got through about 50 pages (maybe i let too much time pass between reading periods? dunno) and haven't had the heart to pick it back up again.
Jon Marc Smith
Much better than I remembered. Second-tier Faulkner, but that's better than almost everyone else's best. A very, very good book, and a fine end to the Snopes trilogy, which I think is a bit underrated these days.
Aaron Goodier
It's good, but late in Faulkner's career he became of the opinion that his works were better if he spelled everything out, which he kind of does here.
Zach
The Mink Snopes stuff saves this from being Old, Bloated Faulkner's least best work. It doesn't help that half of it is a retelling of The Town.
Martin
Of the trilogy, all of which have very memorable stories and images, I think this is my favorite. This has eveything you might expect.
Thomas Walsh
I remember writing a college term paper on the Faulkner trilogy: "The Hamlet" "The Town" and "The Mansion."
James
Best of the trilogy. Much effort to read but the result was worth it.
Daniel Snowden
Few, if any, authors can convey a sense of place as Faulkner did.
Tommy
Feb 09, 2008 Tommy marked it as read_me_piles
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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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