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The Mansion (The Snopes Trilogy #3)

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The Mansion completes Faulkner’s great trilogy of the Snopes family in the mythical county of Yoknapatawpha, Mississippi, which also includes The Hamlet and The Town. Beginning with the murder of Jack Houston, and ending with the murder of Flem Snopes, it traces the downfall of this indomitable post-bellum family, who managed to seize control of the town of Jefferson withi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 12th 1965 by Vintage (first published May 1st 1959)
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Clif Hostetler
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this, the final book of Faulkner’s “Snopes” trilogy, we see the completion of the narrative that follows the rise of Flem Snopes from son of poor tenant farmer to bank president living in The Mansion.

Actually, the bank presidency was achieved by the end of the last novel, The Town. But the happenings in the previous two books of the trilogy are pretty well rehashed in this book, and thanks to the skilled and talented writing abilities of Faulkner the retelling is from a different point of vi
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is the third and final installment of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy. It wraps up the story of the Snopes family in brilliant fashion. Although the beginning and the end of this installment are closely tied, the great middle parts are as much a putting together of anecdotes as anything. By doing so, Faulkner does a better job of characterizing his Yoknapatawpha County better than in the others of the series - or maybe even better than the other novels I have read. Or, perhaps I was trying to see ...more
Judy
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Faulkner fans

The Mansion completes the Snopes trilogy (The Hamlet, 1940 and The Town, 1957.) This novel follows Faulkner's fictional town of Jefferson, MS, all the way up to early 1950s, but since a small Southern town was still quite behind the times in the 1950s and since Faulkner writes always within the hovering shadows of history, it barely feels like a modern story.

The resident psychopath in this volume is Mink Snopes. He is, as they say in the South, a piece of work, who could only have been created b
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Susan
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Mansion by William Faulkner. Rated 10 out of 10. Really loved this one? Ratliff and Gavin and ChIck go over and over the Snopeses (Flem, Mink, Linda primarily) again, from a later POV. You realize that Mink killing John Houston (over a tiny kennel fee to get his cow back) and Flem not coming to save him in 1908 has festered everyone until 1946 when Linda enables Mink to come home, Still angry enough at Flem to kill him, which GS in and Ratliff knew, which Flem himself knew and somehow Linda ...more
Martin
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Kind of a letdown after The Town. There is a good third of the novel that is a rehash of the previous two. I don’t mind, however, because the story is told by different narrators and there are added details. But sometimes I got a little impatient and had to remind myself that Absalom, Absalom also went over its material several times. However, I felt that Mink Snopes’ recollection of why he killed Houston was a bit of revisionism (Faulkner published The Hamlet nineteen years prior to The Mansion ...more
Brian Willis
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although Faulkner did not intend it, this final book in the Snopes trilogy actually serves as a summative commentary on his ongoing exploration of Southern life and cultural heritage as set within the confines of the postbellum and early twentieth century periods.

Change and progress continues to evolve Jefferson, Mississippi (not accidental, this most controversial yet seminal of Southern Presidents whose name lends the town its nomenclature). The charms and gentility of the South alongside its
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Lee Thompson
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
God, I love, love, love Faulkner. These last few years I've seen that "Counrty Noir" genre thrown around, and I love the stuff, and I think Faulkner invented it. Was nice to see a cameo in this final novel of the Snopes trilogy from Jason Compson (of THE SOUND AND THE FURY.) I always hated that bastard.
Steen Alexander
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Mansion concludes what used to be called the 'Snopes Trilogy', which Faulkner himself wanted to call it: a sharp and deeply insightful portrait of Mississippi before there was anything called the Civil Rights Movement. Top marks - 5 stars - to all three novels in this trilogy.
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Paula Ferreira Pinto
Um Faulkner diferente do Luz em Agosto e do Sartoris mas não menos apelativo. Mais despojado e sarcástico, pontilhado de momentos de humor, mas sempre a par da tragédia da cotidiana existência humana.
Daniel Polansky
Let me preface this by saying, on the extremely off chance that someone from Vintage International reads this, whoever wrote the back copy of this should be yelled at, fired, and then run out of town on a fucking rail. HOW FUCKING STUPID ARE YOU TO SPOIL THE END OF THIS ENTIRE TRILOGY ON THE BACK COVER OF THE BOOK. Seriously, I want to find this person and beat them upside the head with something (assuming they’re a man of appropriate beating age.)

End of rant. Right. So, I’m going to just revie
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Still
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Still by: My wife


For best results do not attempt to start this novel without having read the previous novels in the “Snopes Family Trilogy” in order of publication - The Hamlet and The Town (aka "Snopes Trilogy #2).
All three novels in the Snopes trilogy have intrigue, crime, murder, romance and heart-stopping poetry.

If you enjoy Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler or Horace McCoy, chances are this is your kind of read. All you have to do to enjoy these novels is become adjusted to the cadence of rural speech an
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Bob
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the risk of sounding like a Broadway critic angling for a blurb on the subway poster - a narrative tour de force!

As Faulkner often does, the book is divided into three parts based around different characters. Like the first book in the Snopes trilogy, "The Hamlet", the character named in each section is not actually the narrator - so while the character is the focus of that part of the story, we often know little or nothing about their interior life, while the narrator in turn is often a sec
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Brandon
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cynics and romantics in need of a challenge
Recommended to Brandon by: Jim Hinkle & Chris Sullivan

The Mansion is more than the conclusion to The Snopes Trilogy. It’s one small cycle of humanity that spins off individuals who are more than the status quo can comprehend or handle.

The Mansion focuses on three Snopes—Mink, Linda Snopes Kohl and Flem. Stevens and Mallison still linger from The Town; Ratliff has been involved since the first novel of the trilogy, The Hamlet. But the big news in The Mansion is that the people are no longer the protagonists or antagonists. Whatever misanthropy migh
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Paul Peterson
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredible! Reading Faulkner always gives me a new appreciation for life. If we see our world from all angles, as he tells his tales, we have a much richer understanding and a HUGE experience, rather than just skimming the surface or even delving in from just one angle.

By the bye, anyone who claims Faulkner was racist simply because of a word he used is missing out. He obviously was the opposite of racist and any use of offensive wording was in character of one of his ignorant, low-life narrato
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Chris
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly, Faulkner's final novel. While The Reivers gives Yoknapatawpha a humorous curtain call, and Ike McCaslin (along with an invisible Lucas Beauchamp) the last word as they escape Doom, The Mansion sees the seed of Doom's defeat as the actions of Doom, the Old Moster, itself. Take for example, Jason Compson, silent and unseen since the end of The Sound and the Fury, returned here in the final act to challenge the infestation of Snopes, and his impotent rage again Flem Snope's general impotence ...more
Anastasia
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
good read, but I found it quite hard to follow the story
Wendy
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If The Hamlet was poetry,as I thought it was, this book and The Town are architecture. Extremely complex architecture-- Faulkner must have had a great time building this novel.
Vít
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Výborná kniha, stejně jako předchozí díly. Je to trošku náročnější na pozornost čtenáře než běžná beletrie, ale o to větší zážitek si z toho odnesete.
Co se týká dějové linky, tentokrát je hrdinou poněkud překvapivě Mink Snopes, farmář, který v prvním dílu sestřelil z koně svého souseda a byl odsouzen k dlouholetému trestu v káznici. Konec trestu se blíží a Mink, který dosud nezapomněl, že mu jeho bratranec Flem při procesu nijak nepomohl, se chystá pomstít...
Greg Hickey
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A worthy conclusion to the Snopes trilogy. Faulkner deftly weaves American history and the overhaul of the American South into this tragic and morally ambiguous story. His prose may be an acquired taste, but fans will enjoy The Mansion and its predecessors in the series.
Sarah
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nobel-prize
Glad to have the trilogy finished. Ended up skimming quite a bit in the second half as I just wanted to get it done. Enjoyed the funny bits, got fed up with the tortured romance between two characters. Not interested in rereading.
Jerry Pogan
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a reread for me after about 45/50 years. I had forgotten just how great Faulkner was. His great run-on sentences, dialog and subtle humor make it such a pleasure to read.
Jason
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The middle third was... iffy.
Daniel Rowe
Excellent finish to a great trilogy. Faulkner remains one of my favourites to go back to even if some pages require reading several times.
Nick Jones
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dominant critical opinion (at least it used to be, maybe things have changed recently) is that William Faulkner’s best work was his earlier work, when his modernist experimentation was most obvious, and that his later work, like Hemingway’s, fell into self parody. There is a gap in my knowledge of Faulkner: I have read a number of his works from the late 1920s and 1930s, but after that I haven't read anything until the last two, The Mansion and The Reivers, and I like them both. And I have r ...more
Michael David
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'But you can me'

Linda Snopes was the daughter of Eula Varner Snopes. Eula killed herself at the end of The Town, perhaps in a way to protect her child. I believe it was Ratliff who suggested that it was probably because suicide was more respectable than her child being known as a bitch's daughter. Back in The Town Gavin Stevens already tried his best to push Linda away from Jefferson and the influence of her 'father,' Flem. Having deduced what actually happened, however, Linda moves away from Je
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Christopher Sutch
Oct 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Faulkner's final _Snopes Trilogy_ novel is a disappointment. In some ways it is a stronger novel than its immediate predecessor _The Town_, though it shares the weakness of that novel (the whole storyline concerning Gavin Stevens, Charles Mallison, and Linda Snopes, which is not only mildly misogynistic, but dreadfully sentimental and syrupy as well; the syrup content in this book is increased about five-fold, which doesn't help). This is particularly true of the second section of this book, "Li ...more
Mike Gilbert
The third book in Faulkner's Snopes trilogy not only caps off the series, but feels as if it caps off a lifetime if story telling in Jefferson. Inside it's covers we see the threads of stories begun years before in The Hamlet wind down - for mink, Linda, and Flem Snopes, all told from the perspective of various characters that we have followed throughout the trilogy - and elsewhere. To further compound the story, Faulkner generously litters the tale with references to Colonel Sartoris, Jason Com ...more
Belen
Jan 11, 2013 added it
Se acabó la trilogía de los Snopes.

Como conclusion podría decir una, estoy enganchada al condado de Yoknaphatawpha, o como se escriba. Quiero decir qeue aunque ya llevo varias novelas en el famoso condado de Faulkner, estas tres y sobre todo las dos últimas, La CIudad y La Mansión muestran un intento tremendo del autor por organizar los distintos personajes y familias que fue sacando en otras familias y dejarlos así como organizados y eso me ha resultado por un lado aburrido cuando hablaba de pe
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Mat
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting conclusion to the Snopes trilogy.
Faulkner has created some unforgettable, eternal characters here such as the good-natured V.K. Ratliff, a man who embodies human decency, the moral and affable Gavin Stevens who has a knack of attracting women and getting himself caught up in their machinations (often it is his own fault though) and then the intelligent, wily Flem Snopes and the patient, ruthless Mink Snopes who seeks revenge.
If you have ever found Faulkner's writing to be a little d
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Bill Shackleford
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Decades ago when I first read the Snopes trilogy I was focused on the enigmatic and seemingly inevitable rise of Flem Snopes. As I returned many years later to Faulkner's The Mansion, I cannot help but wonder at how little he actually writes and explains about Flem and thus allows the reader to fill in his or her own perceptions. Now to me the remarkable thing is the great nullity of the character.

In The Hamlet Flem appears to succeed as a Trickster who shrewdly assesses the weaknesses of other
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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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