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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  10,458 ratings  ·  712 reviews
Psychologically astute and wonderfully poetic, Sanctuary is a powerful novel examining the nature of true evil, through the prisms of mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction. This is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is bein ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 2011 by Vintage Classics (first published 1931)
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Edward Yes, but not as good or as important by critical standards. I found Sanctuary less frustrating but far less rewarding on the first read. Faulkner was…moreYes, but not as good or as important by critical standards. I found Sanctuary less frustrating but far less rewarding on the first read. Faulkner was mostly unsuccessful writing in a pulp fiction style, and I ended up preferring his stream-of-consciousness style in spite of its difficulty. (Some SOC style is in Sanctuary; he switches frequently in this novel. However, it is never as constant or as intense as in TSATF.)(less)

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mark monday
The celebrated painter goes to a zoo to view some animals and paint some pictures. He paints these pictures to make some bucks, sure, but above all things he's an artist, and so the paintings are indeed works of art. His technique amazes: images that flow into each other like thoughts, a graceful juggling of light and shadow and pure dark, a way of turning a grim and bleak landscape into something beautiful, even sublime. This is a painter who knows his subject. A master of his form. This is an ...more
Perry
I Am What I Am and That's All That I Am

"Good God, I can't publish this. We'd both be in jail." So said Faulkner's publisher prior to the 1931 publication of this sensational novel of rape and murder, focusing on Temple Drake, an Ole Miss debutante, and a violent bootlegging criminal named Popeye.

Faulkner throws his 2d favorite female character, Temple Drake (behind Caddy Compson), an Ole Miss cutie, into the devil's pit by circumstances (caused proximately by the same brown devilwater that accompanies besot/>"Good
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sanctuary, William Faulkner
Sanctuary is a novel by the American author William Faulkner about the rape and abduction of a well-bred Mississippi college girl, Temple Drake, during the Prohibition era. It is considered one of his more controversial works, given its theme of rape. First published in 1931, it was Faulkner's commercial and critical breakthrough, establishing his literary reputation. It is said Faulkner claimed it was a "potboiler", written purely for profit, but this has been d
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Anthony Vacca
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanctuary is a bleak southploitation novel casually dismissed by Faulkner as a "potboiler" he wrote to make a few bucks back when he was a coal-shoveler that pumped out groundbreaking experimental novels by night. Faulkner also claims he wrote this novel with the modest goal in mind of writing the most horrific tale he could imagine. Say what you will about the merits of this book (read: piss off if you dismiss this book) but you have to give the man his due: this novel is some seriously twisted shit. It ...more
Ramblin'_Man
Mar 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Update as of 1/11/2017.....Faulkner still sucks...

OK, Im going to be honest and tell you how I feel about Faulkner.....Fuck Faulkner. No, seriously, fuck him! Im sorry, he's got a lot of street cred. but his books are slow and dull and do not capture the reader at all within the first chapter (I have the attention span of a fish). This is ground for dismissal on my part. I tried reading this one and "The Sound and Fury" and even though they sounded awesome, within the first chapter I
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Sue
My tour through the works of Faulkner continues, this time courtesy of the monthly read with OTSLT group. I didn't know of the history of this book before I began reading and read it as I always do Faulkner, with an eye out for the impenetrable prose and the other simply waiting for remarkable prose. I found less of the impenetrable prose than usual but much that struck me as beautifully written. I was also struck by the almost stage-manager sense of some of the descriptions provided in the set ...more
Danica
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to begin by saying that reading through the reviews for this book is a very frustrating experience. Every second review quotes that Faulkner only wrote this book to make money and that this is why they do not like the book.

Let me clarify this issue for anyone that doesn't know the actual facts surrounding the changes that Sanctuary undertook before it was published. I'm certain other people have done so already on this thread, but please humour me.

Here is a quote from Faulkner at the ba
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Sara
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m trying to imagine a darker world than the one William Faulkner portrays in Sanctuary, and I can’t come up with one. There is not one character who isn’t pretty much despicable in his/her own right. Even Benbow, the lawyer who seeks to help a man that he knows is not guilty of the murder for which he is charged, is weak and unsavory in many ways.

What happens to Temple Drake, who finds herself in a very dangerous situation because she is young, naive, and clueless about the world at large, s
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Brown Girl Reading
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Southern Literature and Modern Classics
I do love Faulkner's writing although my first read of The Sound and the Fury nearly drove me mad. A second reading and analysis at college helped me understand and love it better. The only other novel I'd read by Faulkner was Light in August, which I also enjoyed. Sanctuary not really knowing only the strict minimum about it took me by surprise. The writing is thorough, direct, and easy to follow. The readability of it is reassuring, especially for those who haven't read any Faulkner. However t ...more
Bettie


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Description: Psychologically astute and wonderfully poetic, Sanctuary is a powerful novel examining the nature of true evil, through the prisms of mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction. This is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.



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Description: Psychologically astute and wonderfully poetic, Sanctuary is a powerful novel examining the nature of true evil, through the prisms of mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction. This is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.



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Diane Barnes
3 stars because it's Faulkner, and there may be a chance that I'm not intellectual enough to get what he's trying to say. I have even read Cleanth Brooks analysis of this novel in "Yoknapotawpha County", and while it helped a little, I'm still confused.
I know this review is unhelpful and I wish I could be clearer, but since I have no idea how to make it better, this will have to do. And the baby in the box was just weird.
Jim
This is the book that put Faulkner on the map back in 1931, 27 years before Lolita was published in the US and put Nabokov in the same public spotlight. In both cases, these writers had produced several great novels prior, but it was their shocking portrayal of a young girl's rape that drew the public's attention.

Set in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Sanctuary follows the story of Horace Benbow after he leaves his wife and step-daughter. He returns to his childhood hometo
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
The physical edition I have is an old pre-ISBN edition that includes his Requiem for a Nun, sequel to Sanctuary. I picked it up at the library book sale for a song. But I've been putting off reading it because that edition has tiny tiny print. And it smells old. So I switched to this Kindle edition for my reading. It was a good substitute except that it has the occasional OCR error and a bit more frequently the formatting was wonky. Acceptable, but obviously inferior enough to comment about.

I coul
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Ryan
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is considered one of Faulkner's more accessible books. He said he wrote it "just for the money". It is easier to read than many others. My problem with Faulkner is, he makes me feel dumb. I have trouble following his narratives, always have. Sometimes he can go for several pages of dialog between two characters and never refer to the identity of the person speaking. Is this deliberate? Anyway, I only had trouble with one part of this book. There is a character named Red who shows up and get ...more
Doug H - On Hiatus
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't really tell you who was who and what was what, but I really liked the baby kept in a box. Lurid stuff, but I've had worse nightmares.
Diane S ☔
3.5 review to follow.
poncho
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
When I read As I Lay Dying I had to stop several times throughout my reading because of the very peculiar and astonishing style which was new to me. When I read The Sound and The Fury I did so because of the complexity of the narrative. When I read Sanctuary I had to stop again but because of a different reason, which is basically the evil and twisted plot. Faulkner did a great job exploring the nature of evil that unlike the two previous novels by him that I had read I got to actually feel sympathy for the chara ...more
Leslie
Hmmm... what to say about this novel? I can see why Faulkner referred to it as a pot-boiler but, as with some other wonderful writers (Graham Greene for example), it is so well-written that it is something more than just a crime story. And what a crime story! I would put it in the category of "Brighton Rock" or perhaps classic film noir -- there is no real hero (even Horace Benbow (view spoiler) ...more
Laura
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
In 1928 Mississippi, the black maid of a white woman kills the latter's newborn in order to give her employer a way out of a predicament, and then faces the death penalty.

Starring Lee Remick, Yves Montand, Bradford Dillman and Odetta; screenplay by Ruth Ford and James Poe, based on works by William Faulkner; directed by Tony Richardson
Nick
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spring-2016
This gets five full-blown stars this time around. The full wickedness of the book's title is only understood after reading. Faulkner set out to write the most scandalous, shocking, filthy book he could, for $ purposes. He succeeds at this but the book is still a work of art. The characters can be split into two camps, those with a moral compass and those without. Those with (poor Horace) are bound to be disappointed, by the world and by themselves. But each unhappy person is unhappy in his own w ...more
Cory
May 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brendan and Becca
I must say that Sanctuary is so far my favorite Faulkner novel. This may seem weird to people who know Faulkner, as it was considered my many (and said by WF himself) that this was his most commercial book and was made so he could break into the more mainstream audiences. I however do not believe this and find that it is another cause of a brilliant author playing down a novel that may not be as poetic and elegant as their other novels, but better in ways that may seem "commercial" or "popular". ...more
Beale Stainton
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Faulkner is a brilliant writer, perhaps one of the best. The story line is not for the faint hearted. There are a number of major questions looming, but personally, I'm not even going to bother with them. I often found myself completely taken by the poetry of Faulkners sentences and paragraphs, that had the author been any less of a writer then the book would be one of the worst ever written. Yes, it is a very fine and balanced art. I only stopped reading it 10 minutes ago so it is all too fresh ...more
Steve
Part of my re-reading of Faulkner project. I may write more later, but I revisited this one shortly before joining Goodreads. Anyway, basically Faulkner does noir. And he does it very well. One of the most disturbing books in American Literature. A genre book that is so much more. Ever been somewhere you didn't want to be? With bad people giving you the Eye? If you ever want to recapture that creepy feeling, this is the book for you. As Temple Drake, a major character in the book puts it: "Somet ...more
Cody
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basically The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets The Hills Have Eyes. Faulkner's most purely malicious novel and definitely in his toppermost to me.
Simon Robs
This is a brutal book of backwoods savagery the title of which mocks the reader's expectation of something protective or dulcet against the harsh cords of insinuation - what sanctuary? Faulkner must have had a swilling good time pecking out these chapters where life is cheap and the liquor is strong. Temple Drake his victim is villain in disguise as southern gentility and Popeye her shifty and murderous clubfoot accomplice an "Incel" who fits the #MeToo movement like a pig in a poke. There's onl ...more
Johanna
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanctuary is Faulkner's fifth book and his first attempt at writing a commercial work, after having stunned the literary world with his experimental and impressionistic breakthroughs The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. It’s written as a noir ‘potboiler’ and recounts the story of the rape and abduction of a local society girl.

Notwithstanding the harrowing story, I liked the book because of the interesting mix of beautiful, poetic language and a suspenseful plot, which kept you turning the pages. An
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Kirk Smith
Second time around and I am leaving my star-rating where it was. 20 years later and I have learned to better appreciate the author. I applaud his love for writing. It's not hard to picture old Faulkner with a smile on his face laying down lines like these. "There was a moon tonight. Within the black-and-silver tunnel of cedars fireflies drifted in fatuous pinpricks. The cedars were black and pointed on the sky like a paper silhouette; the sloping lawn had a faint sheen, a patina like silver. Som ...more
Still
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll review this when I’m back home upstate.
Spending the week in NYC with my wife’s mother & father until Christmas Day when we return home to celebrate our own Christmas together.

This is another masterpiece by Faulkner, another dirt-road noir about unpleasant people and one or two self torturing saints.
Sam Reaves
OK, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. No doubt he deserved it. That doesn't put him beyond criticism. I had trouble with this book, which is supposedly Faulkner's "potboiler". It's certainly lurid enough, with its tale of the rape and corruption of a young girl at the hands of Memphis gangsters, but we shouldn't have to work so hard to get through a potboiler. Not only are some of the key passages so cryptically phrased that it's tough to figure out what just happened (no doubt to avoid cen ...more
Ericka Clouther
A Mississippi college woman gets kidnapped and the whole thing is a horror. The writing is very good obviously, but it does that thing that literary writing sometimes does where it is very emotionally painful to read and yet at the same time fairly boring. Additionally, because this is Faulkner, it was also difficult to follow. I would definitely not recommend this. I only finished it because 1) it was one of my dad's books, and 2) it's a classic.
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William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

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