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Sanctuary by William Faulkner
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May 28, 09

Read in May, 2009

this was the first faulkner book that i didn't come away from feeling like i'd just witnessed some of the grossest human behavior ever, which is weird knowing that this book does, in fact, contain some of the grossest human behavior. the "hard-boiled detective" element of the story sort of glossed it over for me, making the book feel like a film more so than a nasty faulkner riddle.

my initial reaction has since changed.

there are many, many ways to look at the characters, their relationships, and faulkner's smarmy commentary of society within this book. i needed a little prodding to get there, but now i see it; i really do.

i still am giving it only an "i liked it," because that's just it: i liked it. faulkner continues to amaze me because he's got a firm grip on the nothing-is-what-it-seems perspective, where everyone is false and nothing is safe. he's very clever at hiding things from the reader. this is good stuff, and he continues to not let the reader down in this regard in 'sanctuary.' it's much simpler to follow characters and plot, perhaps because of the book's gangster motif, and i found that although i missed the twisted familial element present in 'the sound and the fury' and 'as i lay dying,' i wound up appreciating what faulkner could be saying about family by its clear absence within the text.

i'd recommend this, to folks who like faulkner and those who just don't know.

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