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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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    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 07-14-12
    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 07-14-12
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    "One of my favorites"

    This is my favorite William Faulkner book and one of my favorite books generally. I have read it myself and now as an audio. Narration is almost perfect, the book is masterful. The story keeps turning and turning and the fable reinvents itself as you get new perspectives and more details. Even having read it several years before, I had waited long enough to get the shock from the surprises, especially the last one. Its awesome. Spellbinding. If you love long sentences, this book is heaven. It feels like one long single sentence and thought. And it is something of an allegory for the South itself on the whole, but you can take it as just a good story of hard characters too. There are no other books like this, though it clearly inspired in part the good Watson legend by Peter Mathiesen, peaking with "Bone by Bone" which I also recommend. If you want more of this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Indian Springs, AL, United States 06-12-14
    Linda Indian Springs, AL, United States 06-12-14
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    "Other reviews are spot on"

    This is your typical hard to read Faulkner. If you haven't read a Faulkner novel, you need to try. He uses half page long sentences. His novels are not like his short stories. Some novels like Light in August are not difficult to follow but quite a few are rough but that makes Faulkner who he is. The narrator was amazing. I cannot imagine his ability to keep up his flowing cadence, long sentence after long sentence. No narrator will ever compare on a Faulkner read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 06-01-14
    Stephanie 06-01-14
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    "I liked Sound and the Fury better."
    Would you listen to Absalom, Absalom! again? Why?

    Maybe after a year or so.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Absalom, Absalom!?

    Suicide murder at the end.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    Yes, I think he's good, but his voice is hard and constant in this one, and the story line is repeated over and over with a little more info with each chapter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How the South was won, and then Lost.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good, but it wasn't as good as the Sound and the Fury. You start to get burned out on the same town of Jefferson, and the same characters, with a different slant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. Perry Hall Mobile, AL 04-28-14
    W. Perry Hall Mobile, AL 04-28-14 Member Since 2012

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-13
    Todd Chicago, IL, United States 03-08-13
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    "Discover Faulkner in this book."
    Would you listen to Absalom, Absalom! again? Why?

    The reader has a great voice. He never seems to get bored with the material. How could he?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure, but there were some good ones.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His voice, intonation, and accent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it takes time to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 11-27-12
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 11-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    I love classics. I've said that before. This is my third Faulkner. I listened to "The Sound and the Fury" and "Light in August" and now, "Absalom, Absalom!".

    Faulkner is difficult, but I was able to follow each of the first two stories without a lot of difficulty.

    But Absalom, Absalom! was a disappointment.

    I didn't like the narrator at all. He didn't create a different voice for each character and it was hard to keep track of who was speaking. I read on the web that he has a beautiful reading voice -- but I was just irritated. I was frustrated through the entire first half of the story. When I got to the second half of the story, which was being told by the younger generation, I started to figure out what was going on.

    There was enough of a story to make me want to listen to the entire recording -- I didn't give up on it. But I actually listened at 1.5 just to get it over with. Maybe some day I'll see if there is another narrator available and listen again -- or maybe I'll try actually reading it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 07-18-11
    Randy LANCASTER, CA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2010

    Auto Repair shop owner. I love Yoga, and playing my Fender Stratocaster. I Walk my dogs twice a day.

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    "A must read because it is Faulkner"

    Other than that, Faulkner’s writing style in this tome is over most of our heads. I even talked to my neighbor an English Professor at the College across the street about this book and he worships Faulkner. This book makes you understand why there is an us and them.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    judy auckland, New Zealand 12-05-12
    judy auckland, New Zealand 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "reader is too fast in his delivery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Faulkner's language is so complex that it takes a little effort to digest the text. As always he is well worth the effort but the listener needs a slower text reader to really appreciate the complexity of Faulkners language.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes he did. Just spoken a little fast for me


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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