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The Hamlet by William Faulkner
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May 28, 2010

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Less cohesive than either As I Lay Dying or Absalom, Absalom, both of which seem to build inevitably towards their conclusions, The Hamlet's foray into Faulkner's mythic, destitute Mississippi reads more like a collection of loosely related stories and character studies all surrounding one tiny district and a few families. The quality varies from pitch-perfect, pitch-black comic believability (Mink), to unexpected tall-tale implausibility (the inflated horse swap?!), to a kind grandiose overstatement usually reserved for legends (Eula). More so than his more experimental earlier stuff, this seems to point ahead to certain parts of earlier Cormac McCarthy.

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