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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
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May 08, 2010

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bookshelves: nobel-prize-winners, read-in-2010, 20th-century
Read from May 08 to 16, 2010

The story of the death of the family matriarch and the struggle to bury her, each chapter told by a different member of the tribe. There's a stream of conscious feel to the writing, not so much as if each person is telling an organized narrative or witnessing to a set of events. It's more as if you're hearing their thoughts and, much as if you overheard 10 minutes or an hour of anyone's thoughts, there are a lot of partial references to things that happened outside the bounds of the story and are never resolved.

It was beautiful and poetic and a confused muddle, all at the same time. And since this is the first Faulkner I've read, I'm unclear as to whether this is a good example of his writing.

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