The Hamlet, the first novel of Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, is both an ironic take on classical tragedy and a mordant commentary on the grand pretensions of the antebellum South and the depths of its decay in the aftermath of war and Reconstruction. It tells of the advent and the rise of the Snopes family in Frenchman's Bend, a small town built on the ruins of a once-stately plantation. Flem Snopes -- wily, energetic, a man of shady origins -- quickly comes to dominate the town and its people with his cunning and guile.
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Review: The Hamlet (The Snopes Trilogy #1)User Review - Carol Storm - Goodreads
My American Literature professor at Columbia told us that this was the ideal starting point for reading the novels of William Faulkner. The language is clear and easy to read and the bigger than life ... Read full review
Review: The Hamlet (The Snopes Trilogy #1)User Review - Charles Lewis - Goodreads
I've been wrestling with Faulkner all my life. I always wanted to like him but I found him difficult to crack. Then more than 30 years ago I was working in the high Canadian Arctic, living in a tent ... Read full review