Absalom, Absalom! (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 18, 2011 - Fiction - 320 pages
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“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”




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"Greatest American novelist who has influenced generations of writers all over the world. This is perhaps the most difficult of his novels. To the inexperienced reader, some of the difficulties are insurmountable. But if one perseveres, one will discover why many critics consider this to be Faulkner's greatest novel.
Of the many difficulties is his style. The recursive style is compounded by long sentences; clause piled upon clause, adjectives upon adjectives. Whoever said that adjectives are bad should see it manipulated by the master. Many grammatical gems are left to be uncovered.
The narration is the most unique in modern fiction. By the end of the first chapter the most important events of the entire story is already mentioned. Subsequent chapters then narrate individual episodes of the general story."
 

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
3
Section 3
46
Section 4
104
Section 5
105
Section 6
107
Section 7
176
Section 8
235
Section 10
288
Section 11
305
Section 12
307
Section 13
311
Section 14
312
Section 15
313
Section 16
314
Copyright

Section 9
284

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About the author (2011)

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in 1897 and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. One of the towering figures of American literature, he is the author of The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and As I Lay Dying, among many other† remarkable books. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1950 and France’s Legion of Honor in 1951. He died in 1962.

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