Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sanctuary (Vintage Books, V-381)” as Want to Read:
Sanctuary (Vintage Books, V-381)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Sanctuary (Vintage Books, V-381)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  9,262 Ratings  ·  612 Reviews
A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hardboiled detective fiction, Sanctuary 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.
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published March 12th 1987 by Vintage Books (first published 1931)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Please add a cover image 3 14 Jan 05, 2018 07:50AM  
On the Southern L...: * Sanctuary, Final Impressions, March, 2017 45 39 Apr 09, 2017 07:51PM  
On the Southern L...: * Sanctuary, Initial Impressions, March, 2017 42 37 Mar 13, 2017 09:01PM  
All About Books: Sanctuary by William Faulkner (Gill and others) 65 29 Oct 16, 2016 02:31PM  
Hội Thích Đọc Sách: Các kiệt tác của William Falkner đã dịch 3 126 Aug 05, 2013 02:34AM  
Classics Corner 17 31 Nov 11, 2007 07:09AM  
persian translation 1 5 May 16, 2007 10:51AM  
  • Selected Letters, 1913-1965
  • Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals
  • Pushkin: A Biography
  • The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
  • Molière: A Biography
  • The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (Peloponnesian War)
  • The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion
  • New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • My Life As Author And Editor
  • Robert's Rules of Order
  • Monsieur Proust
  • The Holy Barbarians
  • Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
  • A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays
  • Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos
  • Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World
  • The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000
  • The Velvet Underground & Nico
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
More about William Faulkner...
“It's not four days ago I find a bastard squatting here, asking me if I read books. Like he would jump me with a book or something. Take me for a ride with the telephone directory.” 5 likes
“You’re not being tried by common sense,” Horace said. “You’re being tried by a jury.” 3 likes
More quotes…