Patrick Schneider

Do you feel this author and his workes are comparable to William Faulkner and his views on small town America?

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Jeremy I much prefer Woodrell to Faulkner. Faulkner was so pleased with the sound of his own voice, that his books often suffocate under the weight of his over-wrought prose. Woodrell, while still writing gorgeous, plain-spoken prose, doesn't draw attention to himself - leaving his characters and their plights front stage center.
James Voorhees Woodrell is indeed like Faulkner in his focus on small-town America and in his appreciation and understanding of character. Also like Faulkner, he writes about a region, the Ozarks in his case, rather than Mississippi. Faulkner sometimes experimented with form and content, which Woodrell does not. This makes some of his novels heavier going, though well worth the effort.

I find Woodrell's prose more engaging, but that is a matter of taste. Both authors are admirable. Faulkner's greatness is recognized; Woodrell deserves a wider audience.
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