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The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
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Jul 30, 09

Read in July, 2009

Faulkner is my favorite author so take this review with a grain of salt if you already know that you are not a Faulkner fan. This is sort of Faulkner-lite; it tears along like a good western and has the feel of an adventure story.

Alas, the racial politics feel like a slightly more sophisticated Gone With the Wind. He reportedly wrote this while taking a break during Absalom! Absalom! (probably my favorite novel), and this fits nicely into my theory that Faulkner's writing over the years shows him working out thoughts about race and the south and the role of the white Southern male. He was still in the early stages of that when he wrote this novel, and there are a few descriptions here that made me cringe.

But I still liked it. Sub-par Faulkner is still Faulkner.
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