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Absalom, Absalom! | [William Faulkner]

Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson township in the early 1830s. With a French architect and a band of wild Haitians, he wrung a fabulous plantation out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness.
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Absalom, Absalom! tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, the enigmatic stranger who came to Jefferson township in the early 1830s. With a French architect and a band of wild Haitians, he wrung a fabulous plantation out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness.

Sutpen was a man, Faulker said, "who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him". His tragedy left its impress not only on his contemporaries but also on men who came after, men like Quentin Compson, haunted even into the 20th century by Sutpen's legacy of ruthlessness and singleminded disregard for the human community.

©1986 Jill Faulkner Summers; ©1993 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    W Perry Hall 04-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Seemingly hexed and often perplexed by the constant texting which I find most vexing

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    "Really difficult to follow in audible version"

    This novel is heavy, nearly indigestible.

    I find it rather challenging to absorb, while driving (where I listen most), all the import of sentences filled with words that stretch the lexicon of even a Hahvahd literature professor. So, I purchased both the text and audible versions to listen to some and go back through. This proved too time-consuming.

    If I were learned enough, perhaps I'd have enjoyed it enough to give it 5 stars. On the other hand, were I a true redneck I wouldn't have picked it up and certainly would have chunked it after Chapter 1.

    If you purchase this, be sure to carry a pocket-sized dictionary for quick, easy and frequent reference.

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    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13
    Harold Davenport, NE, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "My First Dive into Faulkner"
    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardener wins awards for a reason - his narration is pitch perfect, he emotes the sense of place and character flawlessly. I am a real fan.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent read of a classic Faulkner work. It will not be my last

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    David Atlanta, GA, United States 01-14-13
    David Atlanta, GA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not Faulkner's best work"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Faulkner was notorious for going on a binge when he finished a novel. This book reads like he started drinking heavily from page one. I have read most of his works and this book (next to the Fable) is one of my least favorites. I decide to listen to it, in hopes that it would fall anew to me on listening ears. Unfortunately that was not the case. Faulkner is the master of the stream of consciousness writing that seems to be popular now, but this story was too disjunctive and difficult to follow. The flashback parts of the story make it difficult to tell where you are in space with the timeline. I would certainly not recommend it for bedtime reading. It takes way too much concentration to read casually.


    Would you be willing to try another book from William Faulkner? Why or why not?

    I have read most of his work, and will continue to revisit his better works. His best book in my opinion is Intruder in the Dust.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Rosa


    Do you think Absalom, Absalom! needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not likely since Faulkner is dead. Anyway, most of his books intertwined the stories of many families in Yoknapatawpha county. To me that is his brilliance. Every time I read one of his works, I can see another story intersecting with it at some point.


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    I love Audible. I love to read and there are too many books in the world and too little time. Audible has given me the chance to listen to books while I workout or dive my car.
    Thanks Audible.

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    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 07-02-15
    Amazon Customer Carrollton, GA, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "this "must read" might be better to be read."

    struggled to finish. very confusing. at the end, I still wasn't sure who Quinton was.

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    C. Rudder USA 06-24-15
    C. Rudder USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Confusing at first, but well worth the effort."

    Absolutely superb. I especially recommend this book to those who have exiled themselves from the South and to those who want to understand that region better.

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    Robert 06-23-15
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    "Faulkner at his best, a memorial for our South"

    A unique capture & indictment of Southern iniquity, from the perspective of a Southerner, geographically removed, for perspective. This is the genius of his writing, his genre. The saddest thing is that this also the story of New York, Boston & Chicago with only honor & duty as a distinction. Thank God that these times are gone, thank God that Faulkner captured it before it was gone. Let us hope that the sins of slavery will stop punishing our land one day, even as that evil institution expands in other parts of this blessed/cursed planet.

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    Patricia Schoene 04-18-15
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    "Challenging and rewarding"

    Faulkner's exploration of human nature, of the civil war south and all of the prejudices, the taboos, the struggles for acceptance give the reader today, 150 years after the war ended, an understanding of it all that no other writer has or could ever provide.

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    Jimmie United States 03-30-15
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    "Dirty Secrets"

    Tells the racial interactions of the plantation South. Mixed bloods having to decide what their identity is. Captured by Faulkner.

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    Amazon Customer Blaine, WA, United States 03-25-15
    Amazon Customer Blaine, WA, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Amazing story & narration"

    An epic story, poetic narrative, stream of consciousness, describing the rise & tragic fall of a family & culture. A masterpiece. The reader, Grover Gardner, has a deep resonant voice. He brings the characters to life.

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    Amazon Customer Inverness, FL 01-04-15
    Amazon Customer Inverness, FL 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "He carries you away."

    Between Faulkner's way with words and Grover Gardner's speaking them, it was a mesmerizing experience. Nothing could tear me away.

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