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Preview — Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a negro butler. From then on, he was determined to force his way into the upper echelons of Southern society. His relentless will ensured his ambitions were soon realised; land, marriage ...more
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The picture above was used on the first edition dust jacket published in 1936 by Random House. It is the image I had in my mind of Sutpen's Hundred the plantation built by Thomas Sutpen. The hundred stands for a 100 square miles, the geographic size of the plantation. 100 square miles of land is equivalent to 64,000 acres. In other words it is a BIG PLACE. The gist of all this is that Thomas Sutpen built himself an empire. These plantations were so large that it required an unbelievable amount ...more
". . . and opposite Quentin, Miss Coldfield in the eternal black which she had worn for forty-three years now, whether for sister, father, or nothusband none knew, sitting so bolt upright in the st ...more
Considered by many Faulkner scholars to be his masterpiece, Absalom, Absalom! was read by goodreads group "On the Southern Literary Trail" in April, 2012.
And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! Second Samuel, 18:33, King James Version
Interestingly enough ...more
Τόσο ακαθόριστο, πολύπλοκο και πυκνό στο πέρασμα του που στην αρχή δημιουργεί δέος και μετά σε τρομάζει.
Είναι μια καθαρά αρχαιοελληνική τραγωδία τοποθετημένη στην καρδιά του Αμερικανικού νότου με το πέρασμα του εμφυλίου.
Οι πρωταγωνιστές ουσιώδεις και ασυμβίβαστοι συνειδησιακά,υποφέρουν,βασανίζονται,ταπεινώνονται και κρίνονται μέσα σε απανωτές εκρήξεις ορθολογισμού.
Αυτά τα πλάσματα για τα οποία γράφει με διφορούμενη μαεστρ ...more
first of all, Faulkner is always doing things like this:
“He was a barracks filled with stubborn back-looking ghosts still recovering, even forty-three years afterward, from the fever which had cured the disease, waking from the fever without even knowing that it had been the fever itself which they had fought against and not the sickness, looking with stubborn recalcitrance ...more
Maybe you cannot know when you first approach a novel to reread if it will live up to your recollection or sink like dead weight. Maybe it won’t do either—maybe it will just hover in that No Man’s Land between the title you added to your favorite list in 2010 and the one you plod through, ever so slowly, in 2012. Maybe, it will haunt you.
First time around, this one sailed—stream of consciousness, no problem—convoluted, page-long sentences, bring ‘em on. There’s a problem with multiple narrators?...more
Absalom, Absalom!, Quentin Compson (referencing the South)
The story of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man born into poverty in West Virginia who arrives in north Mississippi in 1830 with a few slaves and a French architect, buy 100 square miles of land from a Native American tribe which he calls the "Sutpen Hundred" and builds a gaudy mansion. He plans to become rich and create a family dynasty. By the early 1860s, he has a ...more
― William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!
As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury are probably more important, and perhaps more influential overall. However, as novels, I prefer ...more
Μάλλον όλα τα παραπάνω μαζί και ίσως κάτι ακόμα… Ο Φώκνερ μέσα από έναν μονοκόμματο και μακρόσυρτο τρόπο γραφής ( σαν να προσπαθεί να χωρέσει όλο τον κόσμο σε μια πρόταση) μας δίνει την ιστορία του Τόμας Σάτπεν και της καταραμένης γενιάς του…
Η ιστορία του Σάτπεν και των γόνων του παρουσιάζεται μέσα από το οπτικό πρίσμα διαφόρων αφηγητών, οι οποίοι με τον έναν ή τον άλλον τρ ...more
The book IS constructed like an onion, with Faulkner skillfully pulling apart layer by layer (-- all the passages about Quentin and Shreeve around the table are mere narrative interludes, intended merely to allow the reader to regather himself befo ...more
Το βιβλίο αν και έχει αρκετή δυσκολία στην ανάγνωση,σε σημεί ...more
So, I am going to do something a little odd here which is more for the benefit of my thinking-through than anything else, so please feel free to ignore the following ramblings.
I intend to restrict myself to only writing criticisms of this novel which I have read twice now and unhesitatingly give the full-fathom-five stars.
Because I think there are lots of things which do not work here, or which fail to do what I think they are trying to do. And these are all things that I think Evelyn Scott, i ...more
Με μακ ...more
I usually don't find it so difficult to write about my reaction to a novel. But this one has defeated me. What a complex, layered work it is. I've sat in front of the computer for about an hour now, writing and deleting sentences, trying to analyse what I feel about it, and I can't quite find the words.
The narrative, which moves back and forward in time, concerns Thomas Sutpen, who arrives in Mississippi with a band of "wild" slaves to fulfill his obession to create a dynasty. He builds a large ...more
"Tell about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.”
Our social systems (in particular capitalism) are such that some qualities such as bravery, courage, hard work, physical strength, cunning, intelligence etc are rewarded while others the softer ones like compassion, kindness, honesty etc not only remain unrewarded but also come with a price for one of who possess them. In fact, only incentives, besides a clear conscience (whic ...more
vorranno venirmi, forse, le parole per esprimere tanto godimento alla lettura e stupore per tanto godimento...
1936, W.F., Mississippi 1897-1962, Nobel 1949
p.s.: li avevo, 43 anni... :))
Am I going to have to hear it all again he thought I am going to have to hear it all over again I am already hearing it all over again I am listening to it all over again I shall never have to listen to anything else but this again forever so apparently not only a man never outlives his father but not even his friends and acquaintances do.
Yes he could see it all again in his mind as if he were there in front of the grave plots the tombstone pillars rising out of the misty ground thoughts of if y ...more
Το βιβλίο αυτό του Φώκνερ μιλά για την άνοδο και την πτώση του Τόμας Σάτπεν ενός ανθρώπου που έβαλε σκοπό της ζωής του να δημιουργήσει ενάντια σε όλα και όλους μια δυναστεία.
Πολυεπίπεδο μυθιστόρημα όπου διηγούνται διάφοροι αφηγητές και η ιστορία πάει μπροστά και πίσω στο χρόνο Ο Φώκνερ (όπως προφανώς συνηθίζει αν κρίνω και από το η Βουή και μανία ) μας δίνει πληροφορίες με το σταγονόμετρο όμως στο τέλος όλα συνδέονται αριστοτεχνικά και η υπόθεση θυμίζει έντονα αρχαία ελλη ...more
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The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl ...more