This is my favorite book of the series. I’m fascinated by the labyrinths and the idea of living underground in darkness… The story is about a young prThis is my favorite book of the series. I’m fascinated by the labyrinths and the idea of living underground in darkness… The story is about a young priestess, who is the only person who could be comfortable in the labyrinth as the reborn “Eaten One.”
Compared to many modern epic fantasy tales the story feels short and missing details, but that leaves more room open for the imagination.
I recently found out that there were more books written in this world some 20 years after the original trilogy. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens to the young priestess in the 4th book, Tehanu....more
I found the writing style to be too cumbersome and ponderous. I was annoyed by the continual references to the author’s past writings and his refeMeh.
I found the writing style to be too cumbersome and ponderous. I was annoyed by the continual references to the author’s past writings and his references to what was coming.
The author comes across as selfish, mercurial, and given to hyperbole. “The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life."
“...It was not without infinite labour that I felled this tree.”
"But all my devices to get it into the water failed me; though they cost me infinite labour too.”
"… with infinite labour, I had stuck the outside of the hedge so full of small stakes."
I didn’t care about his personal struggles. This is unfortunate as the entire book was about him.
His return to civilization was boring. I just wasn’t interested in how he recovered and handled his money…
I recognize that the book was written a few hundred years ago... Sometimes I can "get into" and enjoy the style (e.g., Paradise Lost or Moby Dick). Sometimes I can't (e.g., Robinson Crusoe)....more
It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her completely messed up family’s quest to honor her wishes to be buried in her hometown, a long wayIt is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her completely messed up family’s quest to honor her wishes to be buried in her hometown, a long ways away.
"I notice how it takes a lazy man, a man that hates moving, to get set on moving once he does get started off, the same as he was set on staying still, like it aint the moving he hates so much as the starting and the stopping."
The book has a dark feel to it. It starts with an ill Addie watching her son build her coffin. The story develops as it is told from the perspective of many different participants, many of them being the Bundrens, who are all tragically flawed in some way (e.g., insane). The stream of consciousness style took a little while to get into, but I think it effectively revealed just how messed up the Bundren family was in a way that provided a strong sense of those characters by the end.
"Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it."