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Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
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Sep 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: given-away

This was a fascinating and frustrating book. The writing was beautiful, the description was lyrical, and the psychological insight was spot on. Faulkner captures a time and place like no other writer. What was frustrating was trying to keep track of all the relationships. The core characters were the black and white descendants of a plantation owner going through 4 or 5 generations. The stories jump back and forth in time, weaving the fates of these characters and making offhand references to the past as if the reader knew and understood all the relationships for all the times. I almost made a genealogy chart, but gave up and just tried to enjoy the stories for themselves. A fascinating insight into our past just before and after the Civil War and ending in the early 20th Century.

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