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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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Feb 13, 13

bookshelves: american-classics, american-south
Read from January 24 to February 02, 2013, read count: 3

I now understand why the professors and critics emphasize that García Márquez and Antonio Muñoz Molina were influenced by Faulkner. Love it!

April 27, 2012
Now I think that the most important thing about the novel is the telling of the story by multiple narrators, all of whom are unreliable in some way. For example, a conversation between Judith and Bon's son is related by Compson although it is pure speculation on his part. Also many of the details provided by Compson the father were told to him by his father who got the information from Sutpen. Compson is telling his son, Quentin, who isn't really listening. Rosa is telling the story to Quentin in 1909 about what happened before and shortly after the Civil War. Shreve is putting his own northern interpretation on everything that Quentin tells him (all the things that he got from his father etc and from Rosa--unreliable narrators themselves). A game of telephone.
Why does Faulkner use this type of narration? To suggest that we can never find out what really happened? Or that there is no "what really happened" only a series of unreliable interpretations? What happened to Quentin Compson? Does it matter?
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message 1: by N (new) - rated it 5 stars

N I refuse to believe a human being can write it. Faulkner must have gods writing for him.


message 2: by Aldo (new)

Aldo Ramírez You should read Mario Vargas Llosa's novels, the most complicated are very similar to this one. Try "The war of the end of the world" or "Conversation in the Cathedral" which is very similar to this one. Best regards.


message 3: by Sue (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sue Davis Hi Aldo
Thank you for the suggestion. Have a great day.


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