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As I Lay Dying

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As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.
Paperback, Book Club Edition, 267 pages
Published January 30th 1991 by Vintage (first published 1930)
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Edward Darl's perceptions of his family and the world are one of Faulkner's primary focuses in AILD. As you get further in, you'll realize that he is the…moreDarl's perceptions of his family and the world are one of Faulkner's primary focuses in AILD. As you get further in, you'll realize that he is the primary narrator and the development of his character is crucial to what the book is trying to say, thematically speaking. It's my opinion that Faulkner wanted his readers to see how Darl would have imagined his mother's death, rather than the actual event, because it is more revealing of Darl's character. Other readers and critics believe that Darl's acute sensitivity to others and his surroundings borders on omniscience: that it is merely part of his character. Also, Darl may be a sort-of stand-in character for Faulkner himself, and, thus, is burdened with the actual truth of the narrative. No answer is definitive, and all are probably correct. Obscuring narrative certainty was a hallmark characteristic of Faulkner's writing, as well as many other Modernists, and is usually a reflection of the time's philosophy that truth lays beyond man's limited, individual perspective.(less)
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Alexa Like Cash says towards the end of the novel, it is mostly other people's perceptions that determine whether someone is mad. It is also stated that…moreLike Cash says towards the end of the novel, it is mostly other people's perceptions that determine whether someone is mad. It is also stated that Darl is sent to Jackson because the Gillespies will sue the Bundren family if they do not do something about Darl, who they know is responsible for burning down their barn, which remember is a very serious crime in this time period & region.(less)
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AmyAmy
Aug 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
I know you're "supposed to" love this book because it's Faulker, but I HATED IT! I know you're "cool" and "intelligent" if you read Faulkner, but I can't stand him. Sorry, I don't know what he's talking about (and at the risk of sounding immodest, I am bright). I DON'T think it's cool and "hip" to write in a confusing manner, and I don't try to impress others by liking ambiguity. I had my fill in college with snobs who pretended to like this stuff. Sorry I sound harsh here (I'm really a nice per ...more
Emily May
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, classics
I've been working up to a William Faulkner book for years. His books always appear on lists of "best books of all time" and "books you should read before you die". But when I've felt in the mood for a classic or something "literary", I've always passed him up for other authors, even those with 1000+ page monsters. I think, deep down, I always sensed Faulkner just wasn't for me.

The first problem is my lack of enthusiasm for stream of consciousness narratives. If I'm being honest, I rarely like it
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Michael Finocchiaro
Where to start with a masterpiece that is both short like the distance between two thoughts and deep as the thoughts themselves? This is one of Faulkner's true masterpieces: a grotesque road trip with a rotting corpse told in the voices of the extremely dysfunctional and occasionally insane family members. It is Ulysses in the Southern United States, or a Georgian Grapes of Wrath (Faulkner having been inspired by the former and certainly influenced the latter). The writing is some of the most po ...more
Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
{ ΚΑΘΩΣ ΨΥΧΟΡΡΑΓΩ•••AS I LAY DYING }


Καθώς.... ψυχορραγώ.
Αυτό το «καθώς»είναι που προσδίδει τόσο βαθύ μυστήριο και πόνο λες και συγκεντρώνει το νόημα και την ουσία όλης της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης την ώρα του επιθανάτιου ρόγχου. Τελευταίες αναπνοές θανάτου ίσως
σημαντικότερες απο την ίδια την ανάσα των ζωντανών.

Με κυρίευσε αυτός ο τίτλος. Με σημάδεψε.

Τι αλήθεια σκέφτεται κάποιος τις τελευταίες του στιγμές;
Καθώς ψυχορραγεί. Καθώς τελειώνει. Καθώς γεύεται το μυστικό του θανάτου που του ψιθυρίζει λόγι
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Nicholas Armstrong
Feb 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
"And since sleep is is-not and rain and wind are was, it is not. Yet the wagon is, because when the wagon is was, Addie Bundren will not be. And Jewel is, so Addie Bundren must be. And then I must be, or I could not empty myself for sleep in a strange room. And so if I am not emptied yet, I am is."
............ There are people who actually like this?

Seriously though, I'm pretty sure I get it, I just don't like it. There is a family and each one is a reflection of a way of living, or in some case
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Paul Bryant
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Once you get past the ungainly oddness and wild strangeness which assails you from every direction, then you can see the weirdness which lies beyond.

The story, and there is a very strong clear linear narrative here, is wonderfully stupid. A back country family in Mississippi in the 20s has their dear mama Addie Bundren up and die on them and the lazy-ass sumbitch daddy thinks he then has to carry out her settled dying wish which, very unreasonably, was to get buried with her own kin 40 miles aw
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Ademption
Apr 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, classics
THIS BOOK IS ABOUT HICKS THEY GO TO TOWN
Bram
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Without straying from his inimitable voice, Faulkner delivers a more professional, calculated effort here than with his novel of the year prior, The Sound and the Fury. There are more novel-y aspects to As I Lay Dying, and Faulkner emerges as the master of the slow- or late-reveal, which might be described as reverse-foreshadowing. As an example, Faulkner will provide a character scene that’s fraught with emotion and history and meaning, but he won't explain the context. There’s dramatic electri ...more
Megan Baxter
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am feeling totally inadequate to the task of reviewing this book. It's only the second Faulkner I've read, and while I enjoyed Absalom, Absalom, it didn't quite utterly astound me the way this one did.

I was expecting the run-on sentences and outright rejection of periods that I found in the first book. Instead, I found short little chapters, and voices that spoke in terse sentences that only hinted at what lay beneath.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes
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Fabian
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This thrilling, chilling tale is told through a schizm. The conglomeration of different consciousnesses is a bubbling soup mixed in with dark symbols & Southern Gothic elements, and it is indeed a delightful experience, an overly-delicious dish. The macabre is Alive; this prose palpitates.

This is waayyy more accessible than, say, "The Sound and the Fury" and for those who have strayed away from this darling writer, this particular masterpiece will immediately put him or her in Faulkner's di
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Duane
Unmistakingly Faulkner. A unique writing style combined with a sad and haunting story. You may read Faulkner and say when you are finished, "I didn't like that", but you will never forget what you read.

Reread Sept. 2016
Matt
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm no copyright lawyer, but it seems like Faulkner's estate could have sued the hell out of the makers of National Lampoon's Vacation. There is the obvious corpse-carting similarity, but I can almost hear the familiar refrain of Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road" bleed into the scene of the Bundren's fateful river crossing. (Pre)DMCA violations were definitely afoot, at least in spirit.

This is the book for those who find Faulkner's other well known works to be intimidating. As I Lay Dying deli
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Parthiban Sekar
“I can remember how when I was young I believed Death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind - and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.”


Death brings out the best and the worst in the families. The deceased doesn’t just escape our reality but changes the way we look at
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Vit Babenco
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The quilt is drawn up to her chin, hot as it is, with only her two hands and her face outside. She is propped on the pillow, with her head raised so she can see out the window, and we can hear him every time he takes up the adze or the saw. If we were deaf we could almost watch her face and hear him, see him. Her face is wasted away so that the bones draw just under the skin in white lines. Her eyes are like two candles when you watch them gutter down into the sockets of iron candle-sticks. But ...more
Lyn
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it
"My mother is a fish."

Faulkner's short novel about a rural family following the death of their matriarch. Funny, disturbing, maddening, thought provoking, and mysterious.

I have never been a big fan of stream of consciousness ( thus I have never finished The Sound and the Fury) and Faulkner does well to limit that technique here. He does employ multiple narrators, varying perspectives, themes and an eclectic narration.

I cannot help thinking this is a thin, minimalistic American version of War
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Alex
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many of us slogged through this unofficial My First Faulkner in high school, and probably all any of us remember from it is Vardaman's line, "My mother is a fish," which our teachers used to teach us about Foreshadowing, and for many of us it would be My Last Faulkner too because we learned mostly that Faulkner is a fucking pain in the ass. It's actually less confusing than The Sound & The Fury, which is sortof like saying a given animal is less dangerous than a bear strapped to a shark: oka ...more
Maria Bikaki
Όμως δεν είμαι πια σίγουρος κατά πόσο έχει κανείς το δικαίωμα να λέει τι πράγμα είναι παλαβό και τι δεν είναι. Είναι σάμπως μέσα στον καθένα μας να βρισκόταν ένας άλλος άνθρωπος που να ήταν πέρα από τα όρια της φρονιμάδας ή της τρέλας, και που όντας μάρτυρας στις λογικές και στις μη λογικές πράξεις μας, να τις έκρινε με την ίδια φρίκη και το ίδιο σάστισμα.

Νομίζω ότι υπάρχουν κάποια βιβλία που πρέπει να διαθέτεις τον κατάλληλο ψυχισμό και την κατάλληλη ηλικία για να τα διαβάσεις. Νιώθω ότι αν δ
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Από τις σπάνιες περιπτώσεις συγγραφέων που καταφέρνουν να ζωντανέψουν το κλίμα της εποχής και μαζί τον ψυχισμό των ανθρώπων. Ένας Φώκνερ το χρόνο είναι ότι πρέπει.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I was more or less bullied into reading this, and I still ended up loving it (after I got over the pharmacy scene, which made me want to punch-punch, though I acknowledge that was the point). My admittance of this book's awesome should stand for something considering I's tubborn as a *ahem* mule, and had for no particularly sound (or honestly even remotely thought out) reason been somewhat avoiding Faulkner for years. Okay, not really avoiding, just ehhhhh. That said, it turned out to be exactly ...more
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Alisha
Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like linguistics
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Aside from the fact that the title is taken from a line in "Agamemnon" (which makes it already unbearably cool) this is a breathtaking book. It took me about four chapters to get used to Faulker's style of writing- the dialects, the chapters each being from another character's perspective, his way of having no narration so you have to figure out what is going on from the half-conversations the characters have themselves... but god, once I adjusted, I was completely floored. This is a beautiful, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: چهاردهم فوریه سال 1994 میلادی
عنوان: گور به گور؛ نویسنده: ویلیام فاکنر؛ مترجم: نجف دریابندری؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1371؛ در 250 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ شابک: 9643621936؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ شابک: 9789643621933؛ چاپ پنجم 1387؛ چاپ هفتم 1389؛ چاپ نهم 1391، در 304 ص؛ چاپ دهم 1393؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 م
جناب نجف دریابندری؛ در یادداشتی مینویسند: «گور به گور» عنوانیست که من روی این رمان گذاشته ام، زیرا نتوانسته ام عنوان اصلی آن را به عبارتی ک
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Foad
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه "خشم و هیاهو" رو به عنوان اثر اصلی ویلیام فاکنر حساب می کنن. ولی بشخصه، از این داستان خیلی بیشتر از خشم و هیاهو لذت بردم. شیوه ی روایت، با تکه پاره های ذهنی افراد مختلف که گاه باید تلاش می کردی تا بفهمی راوی کیه و چه اتفاقی داره میفته، خیلی بهتر از تک گویی طولانی و کمابیش حوصله سر بر بنجی عقب مانده و کوئنتین روان پریش بود. توی هر دو رمان، نویسنده آدم رو به یه بازی دعوت میکنه: "اگه گفتی چی دارم میگم؟" و توی این رمان، این بازی هیجان انگیزتره و آدم انگیزه ی بیشتری برای حلّ این پازل داره.
و ترجمه
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Agir(آگِر)
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
کورا برای من دعا کرد، چون خیال می کرد من گناه رو نمی بینم، می خواست من هم زانو بزنم دعا کنم، چون آدم هایی که گناه به نظرشون فقط چند کلمه است، رستگاری هم به نظرشون فقط چند کلمه است

فکر کردم گناه و عشق و ترس فقط صداهایی هستند که آدم هایی که نه گناه کرده اند و نه عشق بازی کرده اند و نه ترسیده اند از خودشون در می آرند برای چیزی که هرگز نه داشته اند و نه می تونن داشته باشند، الا وقتی اون کلمه ها رو فراموش کنند


RandomAnthony
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Amaranta
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americani
Faulkner mi ha lasciato senza fiato. La bellezza della sua prosa mi ha sconcertato. Le sue parole sono scelte con cura, cesellate sulla frase, sussurrate arrivano all'orecchio, entrano fra i pensieri e creano immagini splendide. E cosi "il sentiero come un filo di piombo fra i filari mi ha conquistata.
Le mani di Addie ad aggrapparsi come radici sulla coperta, le sue ossa che si intravedono sotto la pelle, gli occhi come due candele quando le guardi sciogliersi nello scodellino di un candeliere
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Roula
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
θα ηταν και λιγο υβρις να μιλησω για τον Φωκνερ , πιστευω...ωστοσο θα πω οτι τα 2 πιο δυνατα "στοιχεια" που μου μιλησαν απο το βιβλιο , ηταν ο χαρακτηρας του Βαρνταμαν(τα παιδια παντα ξερουν) και αυτη η φραση:
"τι ειναι αυτο που σε κανει και γελας (Νταρλ)?" "αυτο αυτο αυτο αυτο"...
Fidel
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, novels
Leí esta novela hace tres años, y parece que ya ha pasado toda una vida.

Una mañana, uno de mis mejores amigos llegó a la facultad con los ojos como platos y el pulso tembloroso a pedirme que lo hiciera. Me la tendía llena de dobleces, tachones y ceniza, como el carnet de un ex-convicto. Estaba desayunando un Red-Bull y hablándome de algunos de sus recursos con un entusiasmo desmedido mientras yo fumaba un cigarrillo detrás de otro. De vez en cuando la abría por una página al azar y resoplaba o a
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Perry
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
By and By, Lord, by and by?
Is a better home awaiting
In the sky, Lord, in the sky?

... Habershon, 1907 (adapted/recorded by The Carter Family).
[4.5 stars]

This 1930 novel is truly unique in structure being narrated via the stream of consciousness of 15 characters over 59 chapters, each of which begins with the narrating character's name. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the Bundren family in Jefferson County, Mississippi, in taking their mom/wife Addie by
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Joel
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it
I respect Faulkner, but I can't say I love him. Still, this book was something. What that something was, I'm still figuring out.

The novel tells the story of the Bundren family in their quest to bury their recently deceased (well, she's alive but on her death bed when the story opens) mother, Addie. And if you thought your family was dysfunctional, you haven't read enough Faulkner yet. Think turn of the century white trash and you're getting close. The Bundrens are a muddled mass of secrets, lies
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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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