Faulkner's great comic novel moves on the wheels of breathless suspense. Lucius Priest, Boon Hogganbeck, and Ned McCaslin "borrow" Lucius grandfather's automobile at the beginning of a hilarious journey that pales in comparison to what awaits the reivers (plunderers or freebooters) in Memphis. Ned trades the auto for a most dubious racehorse. How the reivers grapple with t...more
Lucius Priest is almost proud of his innocence, an innocence that is easy to maintain as long as he stays in Yoknapatawpha County Mississippi, but when two family retainers by the name of Boon Hogganbeck and Ned McCaslin decide to go on an adventure and convince him to be a part of their ludic ...more
This novel was a group read for members of On the Southern Literary Trail in January, 2013.
William Faulkner, The last dust-jacket photo. Reviewer's copy.
"Your outside is just what you live in, sleep in, and has little connection with who you are and even less with what you do.”
The Reivers is a Grandfather tale. So I beg the reader's patience while I write about my own Grandfather a bit. It is a Grandson's tale. There is a point to it.
Any boy who ever ...more
I confess I knew what to expect before starting the book and was really looking forward to reading the text the 1969 movie was based on. The quote above is from this Steve McQueen movie, one of my all-time favorites despite McQueen's apparent disappointment in his role.
The book surpassed my expectations. I have read Faulkner before, but never was I moved to laugh out loud like here. A grandfather recount ...more
Women--sacred or profane, little seen or altogether too much present. I want to read so much more and see more Faulkner women.
The young---of body (Lucius) or mind (Boon) certainly led us on a wonderful chase but without the wiles of Ned (the fool?) there would have been ...more
Wordy, confusing and boring. Those are the three adjectives I would use to describe this book. Simplistic too.
My biggest complaint is the wordiness. Was Faulkner taking part in a contest to see who could come up with the most synonyms for each word? Someone should count how many times "or" is found in this book. Faulkner begins with an oblique statement, and then it is repea ...more
James Inge: Bertie! Great to see you my man. Congratulations on finishing up your big trilogy. Boy, those Snopeses, am I right? Pull up a seat.
William Faulkner: Hello James, thanks. I want to talk with you about my next book. There's something that's been bothering me.
JI: Is it the pressure of history, the force of a host of ancestors or past decisions like vengeful furies breaking into the present and ...more
I am convinced this is the novel with which to introduce readers to Faulkner. It is set in the fictitious Yoknapatawpha County that is the setting of several of his novels, a landscape with a ric ...more
I live in Europe, and several times in the past when someone discovered I was (and still am) an American, they might go on to talk about some American author and what did I think about him or her. I would either admit I hadn’t read the author in question or pretend as if I had – both of which options would be rather awkward. And so, I’ve decided to remedy that situation and have been spen ...more
The story is actually quite interesting and amusing: The three heroes, 11 yo Lucius, Boon Hogganbeck and "Uncle" Ned pilfer the car of Lucius' grandfather and want to travel for four days to the "big city". You have to understand that at the time in which the story takes place only very few cars (that were called automobiles back then) were seen on the so-called roads in the Southern U.S. and a journey this long represents a considerable chal ...more
He's also a master at the child's-eye-view of proceedings in the adult world. You can see this in many places in Faulkner (e.g., in Barn Burning, in Intruder In The ...more
It was hard to get into the story telling; the narrator speaks as the elderly person telling a story from his childhood (which it is) but he rambles a LOT... I had difficulty with the writing style until I realized that >I< probably tell the story pretty much like he did ;) It was a little easier then. Of course, this story takes place a long time ago, when cars were few and roads were uncomfortable for cars, being rutted from ho ...more
Faulkner has scared me a bit since American Lit class, and this may be the first full-length work of his I've read. It took a hundred pages or so to get into it, but by the time I got to the horse race I was hooked. In the Editors' Note, Faulkner describes the story as "sort of Huck Finn." It is -- more melancholic but, to me, more satisfying.
The book starts off sort of like an early 1900s version of Ferris Bueller's day of ...more
This was a bookclub read, so I tackled it with grace and found to my surprise it was a fun read. I consider The Reivers to be Faulkner at his most entertaining. Unburdened by the need to address the darker symptoms of the human condition, he is free to let his imagination run wild and the novel has a great deal of charm.
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more