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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,085 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Portrays the decay of the Mississippi aristocracy following the social upheaval of the American Civil War. The 1929 edition is an abridged version of Faulkner's original work. The full text was published in 1973 as Flags in the Dust.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published July 1st 1964 by Signet Classics (first published 1929)
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Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Miss Maxine Lustig, Lustig's Book Store, Tuscaloosa, Al.
Sartoris: William Faulkner's Creation of Yoknapatawpha County

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William Faulkner at the University of Virginia, 1957

"No man is himself, he is the sum of his past.”
Faulkner in the University, University of Virginia Press, 1995

February 7, 2012

I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973. I went there intending to become a professor of history. I changed my mind during a lecture my second semester in the History of Western Civilization when a college athlete began snoring behind me as one
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

the indomitable spirit of his youngster hounds, as fervently believed by their master Jackson, contrasted with seeming clarity to their diffident moiling in that large box serving as both their sleeping abode and place of play …

Thank goodness Faulkner did not write this. But, had this reader encountered the very same string of words in Sartoris, he would not have blinked, nor rubbed his chin, not shook his head, nor headed for another beer. No, he would have just kept reading, possibl
Lucas Sierra
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aplauso de pie y ovación del coliseo. Mi segunda aproximación a la obra de Faulkner me entusiasma todavía más que la primera. Si Luz de agosto me había dejado electrizado, Sartoris consiguió regalarme cuatro días intensos en la fuerza de su brutalidad y su belleza.

La trama, zurcida en una novela familiar abarcando la zaga de tres generaciones, no deslumbra en eventos increíbles, en grandiosos actos. Es sencilla, cotidiana, pero descansa tranquila en personajes tan bien elaborados, tan maravill
Dale Jr.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Every time I finish a Faulkner novel, I find translating the experience into words difficult. There's something about this man's writing that leaves me wondering just how he did it.

It's been a while since I've read Faulkner and as I moved through the pages of Sartoris, I realized I had almost forgotten just how beautifully the man writes. He creates such a vivid, beautifully constructed world within the reader with his prose it's hard not to get lost within the book. Many people today tire of lo
Casi me siento culpable al darle solo tres estrellas a Sartoris, pero durante prácticamente toda su lectura he experimentado una especie de alejamiento, la sensación de que la historia no me importaba demasiado, que ese retrato de una familia en decadencia no me llegaba, excepto en el pasaje en el que Bayard visita a los McCallum. Los personajes son algo planos y aburridos (solo el joven Bayard me parece un personaje tridimensional y con un bagaje muy interesante) y hay muchas escenas que pecan ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of humor, despair, confusing interpersonal interactions, the casually accepted racism of the early-20th-century South, and really vigorous, gorgeous (if sometimes kind of adjectival and adverby) prose. The Sartoris men are insufferable (and cyclically so), Miss Jenny a hoot, Narcissa and Horace mostly puzzling, and Simon and family caricaturish and problematically delightful. Favorite bits include Old Bayard's trip to the Memphis doctor for his wen, Thanksgiving with Loosh, and ...more
Mohamed Karaly
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عن اضمحلال الجنوب الأمريكى، بمشاهد قصيرة إيقاعها بطيئ مرسومة بتأنّ ٍ كأنها مشاهد ميتة وثابتة . جمل طويلة ومركبة.. أجمل ما يمكن أن يصل إليه التعقيد. فى الجزء الأخير والأعظم فى الرواية، الإحساس بالانحلال والنهاية الشاثع فى الجو كنسيم من البداية سيزيد تركيزه و سيظلّ الكاتب عبر حوالى خمسين صفحة يوترك بانتظار الموت، فتظل تتنفس ببطءعلى الحافة إلى أطول فترة ممكنة فى حشد مكثف من علامات الموت وانبعاث صور الماضى
من أكثر الأساليب التى أثرت فى ماركيز .. تأثيرا يكاد أحيانا يكون حرفيا
ترجمة عظيمة لم
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Faulkner novel I've read--I got turned off after reading "The Bear" in high school but my husband convinced me to give him another try. I'm so glad I did! The first thing I noticed about the book is that Faulkner's writing is so evocative and descriptive but also insightful and moving all at once. He creates atmosphere like no other writer I've ever read, and of course, he's very attentive to the specifics of place and time that root the reader in the world he's creating. The ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Violent modernity, in the form of automobiles, planes and The Great War (and even a touch of "the meaningless pandemonium" of the jazz age) intrudes on the settled agrarian world of the Old South, where Jim Crow ensured that everyone knew his place. Not that the men of the Sartoris family, all endlessly named and re-named John and Bayard, need any particular innovations to live recklessly and die young, supported throughout by the "passive courage" of their womenfolk.

This is Faulkner's third, th
Marcelo Lee
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i got confused at first... Faulkner suddenly throws out so many different Sartoris that it got kind of hard for me to keep up with everyone, but as novels unfolds, little by little things start to make more sense, until I realized it wasn't at all about the individuals in this particular family, but on the weight of its name. To be proud and ashamed of a name, to carry the weight of it.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
The first novel of his I read, and the first he set in Yawknapatapha County, and maybe the third he wrote, Flags in the Dust, the original title, which upon rejection by a publisher was rewritten by his agent and published in 1928. Pretty good for an early work, no stylistic excurses, straightforward reconstruction story as I recall a half century later.
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit, lp2010s
Sartoris is the first novel Faulkner located in Yoknapatawpha County where he would go on to set fourteen more novels. In it he introduces the Sartoris family but the Snopes are also present in this early novel. It seems that he began to find his own voice in this novel, improving over his two earlier offerings (Soldiers' Pay and Mosquitoes).
He tells the story of a Southern family of the 'romantic' type, exhibiting chivalry and courage in a haughty and sometimes vain style. Bayard the younger,
Ricardo Serra
Tenho por hábito nunca deixar de ler um livro até ao fim. Por vezes esta "norma de conduta" torna-se penosa e maçadora. Esta foi uma das vezes, ler Sartoris até ao fim foi um autêntico martírio!

Uma leitura que nunca me prendeu, um enredo tenebroso e sem chama onde a narrativa nos cai "do céu" sem uma linha de orientação, sem o mínimo nexo aparente.. As 300 e tal páginas de Sartoris rapidamente se desdobraram para mais do dobro, tal a quantidade de vezes que voltava atrás e lia 2 ou mais vezes a
Txe Polon
En esta simbólica reconstrucción del fin de una era a través del fin de una saga familiar, Faulkner dosifica lo que nos cuenta de cada personaje de modo tan eficiente que, sin darnos cuenta, estamos cooperando en la construcción de los mismos, de manera que el proceso de lectura deja de ser un acto de contemplación y se convierte en una consciente de reconstrucción a través de los fragmentos que el autor nos proporciona. Pese a ser una de las novelas "fáciles", su profundidad psicológica y simbó ...more
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Bayard Sartoris returned to his hometown from the battlefields of the First World War, bought a sports car and drove it so hazardously as if he wanted to experience the danger and speed of the patrol flight during which his tween brother John had been shot down. He spent several months in the Sartoris family house, enough time to ride wild horses, to hunt, to marry a woman, to cause a car accident that resulted in his grandfather's death, and left his pregnant wife and the hometown forever... ...more
Paula Ferreira Pinto
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Continuo fascinada com a mestria com que Faulkner progride na narrativa das suas histórias e no absoluto domínio da prosa com que poeticamente vai descrevendo as personagens e situações.
Absolutamente envolvente, coloca-nos no centro dos acontecimentos.
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked it, but it dragged a little towards the end, but then picked back up. I think I like Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury more than I liked this one.
Julius Narkūnas
Laikai po pirmojo pasaulinio karo 1918-19 m. Grįžta jo sužaloti vyrai, randa čia kaip priekaištą savo paliktus namus, aplestus gyvenimus, sudaužytas svajones. Iš po nusileidusios karo uždangos į romaną dvelkia liūdesys ir kančia. Apie karą Faulkneris daug nekalba, bet ta nuotaika jaučiama.
Pradžia atrodė sujaukta, lyg žiūrėtum per kažkokius apdulkėjusius lęšius. Viskas nesufokusuota, kažkas kažką nereikšmingo veikia, kažko laukia. Vėliau žinoma viskas paaiškėja, tampa aiškios veikėjų linijos. Įs
Tomás Uprimny
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sartoris, cuyo nombre original era Flags in the dust, fue rechazado por varias editoriales. Es la primera novela de Faulkner ambientada en el mítico condado de Yoknatapawha, estado de Jefferson. Es una novela interesante sobre cómo el pasado sigue tan vivo como el presente. Cuenta la historia - sería más acertado decir decadencia- de la familia de los Sartoris, que a duras se sostiene gracias al nombre de John Sartoris, coronel de la Guerra de Secesión del ejército del Sur. El mismo Faulkner rec ...more
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Brian Cohen
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first Faulkner and I was suitably impressed by his writing, he’s a master of metaphor and simile and the characters are fantastic. The only criticism is that the book isn’t very plot driven, and there are subplots that are unimportant or go nowhere, even if they are entertaining. However, Faulkner seems to be setting up characters for further exploration in other books, which I suppose is what he did. Definitely read the forward by Robert Cantwell and afterward by Lawrance Thompson for more i ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was I guess 16 and kind of hated it at first because it is really boring, but later on I started to actually love it because I found it so well written that I didnt care about the lousy plot, and also the characters were so detestable that I became actually invested in these horrible people and their musings. After I read it I remember feeling so accomplished because I really really disliked it in the beggining. It's southern gothic right? We love....
Florin Catană
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous introduction to Faulkner. He has already captivated me and I just can't wait to further advance inside the world he created. And this novel is not even considered to be one of his masterpieces!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mexico, own
A few of the characters were 5 star characters but story bored me. Just never grabbed my full interest. Faulkner did bring some of the Snopes into this book but they were minor roles in the story.
Mary Kinietz
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sartoris men seemed to be cursed with daredevil natures which caused them to tempt death and usually lose in a spectacular way.
susan haris
This doesn't compare with the epiphanic reaction to The Sound and the Fury in my adolescence. The cracks are clearer, and I am resentful of neat characterizations. Characters that stand out especially such as neurotic Quentin or tragic Benjy and melancholy Horace and wilful Bayard are evident examples. There is something irksome about the inevitableness of the fates of the characters that is staid or reverential depending on the reader's willingness to accept the credos of Mississippi.

Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
just ramping up to the true masterpieces, this early work clearly indicates what faulkner was on the cusp of achieving. his language is already so detailed, so much more about the setting and circumstances than the inner workings of his characters, that it's a beautiful read. the plot doesn't get entirely fleshed out, but one doesn't really mind -- especially knowing that this book serves as something of a theme, wherein the main elements of most of the rest of his oeuvre are introduced or allud ...more
William S.
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first sustained reading of Faulkner, and I was very disappointed. The writing was fine and subtle, and the setting memorable, both as to place and play of generations. What was jarring was the author's characterization of black Americans, soldiers who had fought in the First World War. Here was an appalling succession of period StepnFetchit stereotypes. I could hardly believe it. Now I have read more Faulkner (in particular The Portable Faulkner, edited by Malcolm Cowley), which just ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a steady stream of thrillers, mysteries and rock-star biographies it was hard to muster up the patience to take on some classic "litachoor" - particularly Faulkner. I struggled early on. Could not pull up any free Sparknotes or other "summary and analysis" websites to help me along. I slogged on to the end. This story was not near as difficult as Sound and the Fury but more complicated than Light In August or Intruders in the Dust. Of the handful of Faulkner I have read this was the least ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For me it is hard to believe that this and The Sound and the Fury are both written by the same man. Way too much artificial stretched descriptions, in my opinion lots of unimportant events while all I would have wanted to know more about are left out... Only at the end the book gets better, especially the time spent with McCallum family.

I have read some other Yoknapatawpha stories some 30 years ago or so, dont remember much. I truly love THe Sound and THe Fury, have read it so many times and wil
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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.

The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl