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Sanctuary

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  9,182 Ratings  ·  606 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
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published 1958 by Random House (first published 1931)
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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's second favorite female character, Temple Drake (behind Caddy Compson) is an Ole Miss co-ed cutie thrown into the devil's pit by circumstances (caused proximately by the same brown devilwate
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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 ...more
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
Jonathon
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 couldn't re
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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, sho
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Didi
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.



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.
Roberto
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, già-letto

Potente, essenziale, raffinato. E complesso

La prima cosa che mi ha colpito in questo libro di Faulkner, scritto nel 1931, è lo stile, asciutto, essenziale, complesso, frammentato, quasi cinematografico, raffinato, direi “emozionale”. Uno stile sicuramente moderno e all’avanguardia, considerato l’anno in cui è stato scritto.

"Odora di nero', pensò Benbow; 'odora come quella roba nera che sgorgò dalla bocca di Madame Bovary e le colò sul velo da sposa appena le alzarono la testa."

La seconda cosa è
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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 hometown, and is q
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Diane S ☔
3.5 review to follow.
Poncho
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, 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 symp ...more
Perihan
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hey Tanrım! Ne derseniz deyin siz, kötü denen şey bulaşıveriyor insana, ona değmeden uzaktan baksan bile..."
(sayfa 80)

Yazar bu kendi kitabı için şöyle demiş"düşleyebileceğim en korkunç öykü!" Evet gerçekten de öyle! Korkunç bir öykü!
Zaten bu kitabı yazar ilk yazdığı hali ile yayıncısına götürdüğünde, yayıncısı, "bu kitabı bu hali ile basarsak ikimizi de hapise atarlar" demiş! Yazar da biraz değişiklik yaparak yeniden yazmış.

Yazar ile ilk tanışmam bu kitapla olmuştu. Şunu söylemem gerekir ki an
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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
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ginny_1807
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ogni volta che chiudo un libro di Faulkner, sento immancabilmente il bisogno di ricominciarne la lettura dall'inizio, per timore di essermi lasciata sfuggire qualche sfumatura del significato che lo scrittore ha inteso affidare al testo; tanto più che l'audacia stilistica e strutturale che caratterizza questo autore di norma lo rende tanto complesso quanto magnifico e unico.
Anche con Santuario mi è successo di dovere ritornare sulle pagine, non per la prosa o l'intreccio - che si attengono ai c
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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)). The ...more
Naele
به عمری فکر می کنم که سر یاد نگرفتن ها صرف کرده ام./

قضیه این است که مردها نمی توانند ما زن ها را آنطور که هستیم ببینند و درک کنند. ما را هر طور که دوست دارند می سازند و آنوقت انتظار دارند که جور دیگری هم باشیم.
Lynda
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynda by: Lawyer
Review to follow
Peri Kitapları
"Hey Tanrım! Ne derseniz deyin siz, kötü denen şey bulaşıveriyor insana, ona değmeden uzaktan baksan bile..." (sayfa 80)

Kitap bitti!
Yazar bu kendi kitabı için şöyle demiş"düşleyebileceğim en korkunç öykü!" Evet gerçekten de öyle! Korkunç bir öykü!
Zaten bu kitabı yazar ilk yazdığı hali ile yayıncısına götürdüğünde, yayıncısı, "bu kitabı bu hali ile basarsak ikimizi de hapise atarlar" demiş! Yazar da biraz değişiklik yaparak yeniden yazmış.

Yazar ile ilk tanışmam bu kitapla oldu. Şunu söylemem gere
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Simona
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ogni tanto si lasciava prendere da un'ondata di dolore, come se a un tratto il sangue gli scottasse nelle vene; ma poi la fiammata si spegneva in quella tiepida sensazione di infelicità che gli dava la musica del violino".

Commentare Faulkner non è mai semplice così come non è mai semplice descrivere lo stile o la trama delle sue opere. Non è facile perché non si riesce ad entrare in sintonia, in empatia con i suoi personaggi.
In "Santuario" Faulkner ritorna al successo dopo alcune opere che non
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Dagio_maya
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Era una giornata grigia, d'una estate grigia, d'un anno grigio...”


Fernanda Pivano racconta che alla pubblicazione di "Santuario" frotte di persone fecero a gara per averne una copia. Lo facevano avvolgere in carta pesante così da non far intravedere la copertina di un romanzo sconvolgente, una lettura scabrosa.
Era il 1931.
In un'introduzione apparsa alla riedizione Faulkner scrisse:

” Questo libro è stato scritto tre anni fa. Per me adesso rappresenta un'idea meschina perchè fu concepito deliber
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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
Мартин Касабов
Днес посегнах на Фокнър. Посегнах към това, което беше най-близо до креслото, а това за съжаление се оказа криминален роман. Единственият му криминален роман. Този тип литература ме изнервя, ядосва и отегчава със своето старание да замаскира, винаги изненадващия финал. Щом кралят-Конан Дойл със своя Холмс не можаха да ме задържат повече от 2 разказа, то какво да говорим за автор, на който жанрът му е чужд.
За моя изненада, това се оказа съвсем порядъчна книга с доста банална история, разбира се
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Aprile
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, gut-feelings, nobel
Solo ora, a qualche mese dalla lettura di ‘Santuario’, ho capito il significato del titolo e questa illuminazione è avvenuta in seguito alla lettura delle prime righe di ‘Privacy’, sempre di Faulkner, che così recitano: “Questo era il Sogno Americano: un asilo sacro, un SANTUARIO in terra per l’uomo in quanto individuo…”. E ‘Santuario’ sembra descrivere come tale sogno - iniziato non nel XX secolo ma con Cristoforo Colombo nel XV - sia stato distrutto dalla corruzione e dall’immoralità, lasciand ...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.
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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
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