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Soldier's Pay by William Faulkner
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Nov 17, 2011

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This was William Faulkner's first novel. It's about a dying soldier from the First World War going home to end his days. It tells of the girl he left behind, who has now had second thoughts about him, and a woman who wants to marry him. It has echoes of the greatest of Faulkner, but it seems to me he was searching for a voice in the book and didn't quite find it. He was very much influenced by the stream of consciousness people, who were working about the time he wrote it and that takes away slightly from his true voice. If you want to read Faulkner, and I plan to read or reread all of him, this is a good place to start.
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