Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Absalom, Absalom!. It helps middle and high school students understand William Faulkner’s literary. Absalom! Absalom! is William Faulkner’s major work–his most important and ambitious contribution to American literature. In the dramatic texture of this story of. : ¡Absalón, Absalón! / Absalom, Absalom! (Spanish Edition) ( ): William Faulkner, Beatriz Florencia Nelson: Books.

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Views Read Edit Daulkner history. As a boy he was asked to deliver a message to a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia. I don’t know, though, whether I’ll ffaulkner go back. Herein lies the mystery at the heart of the work – how and why Sutpen’s past returned to haunt and ultimately destroy him.

Starting to read Absalom, Absalom! Why do the various tellers of the story interpret and embroider the tale so differently? What do they do there. The Civil War intervenes. The book is riddled with incredible passages that would balloon this review up to megalithic proportions if I were to share them all with you.

This novel the name comes from the Bible, could be his best, shows this. Almost every able man is called up to serve.

This book was a difficult but rewarding read. You would have to be born there. Anger that he has the power to put children into the world – to CREATE like an evil mirror of the Creator of the Southern religion – whose only purpose is for his “glory and honour” to be absakon in a pure, male line. If you can relax enough you might find yourself sitting on the porch with Quentin and hearing the Southern cadences of the voices of the people narrating this tale.

Why does this reconstruction of a uniquely Southern tale take place on Yankee soil?

The story is told with lots of repetitiousness because the narrators know a lot of the same information; and yet, from each storyteller is gleaned a few more nuggets because each person who is solicited for the story has a unique perspective and is in possession of different pieces of the life puzzle. Apr 16, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. It is the source of grief and identity as well faulknet the locus of all individual psychic struggles.


The complex, fractured narrative makes for a tough read. Through marriage with a local woman and some credit gained from a businessman, he makes a family and a successful plantation. I will need to come back to this review.

I would only recommend this to someone who has read at least 3 other faulkners – I did As I lay Dying, Sound and the Fury Unvanquished then this one. Not only does Sutpen put her aside, faulkjer his son by her.

View all 12 comments. It so captured me, that I read it in a rush — absa,om so now, planning to go and read some later Faulkner the Snopes Trilogy. He has said the work is allegorical, as indeed its title makes clear.

It isn’t even a great example, as I don’t have the book borrowed to read on hand to find a really knock-you-down passage. I have an innate tendency to resist being guided too strictly down such a narrow path of interpretation The final effect fajlkner the reader more certain about the attitudes and biases of the characters than about the facts of Sutpen’s story. Alright, review, gather your facilities! Much of the complexity of the work comes from its structure.

By writing this book, this way, Faulkner not only fsulkner a piece of Southern history, but also preserved the tradition of Southern oral storytelling.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

What’s it like there. Compson calls it, why does it command so much mesmerized attention in this novel? If I went back to the Picasso, maybe all those skewed arms and legs and, well, you know, other things would shift around and suddenly look like a regular human being. This was a novel that Faulkner struggled with through false starts, interruptions with his work as a screenwriter for Howard Hawks, and the death of his younger brother Dean who died in a plane crash in The Wishing Tree Oct 25, Perry rated it really liked it Shelves: Laduke Ely Yes, he is.


Absalom, Absalom! Reader’s Guide

At first he believed and was proud of Southern values, however, if those values for so perfect, Thomas Sutpen or South should never have failed. View all 21 comments. Ordinarily that would not be something at issue when critiquing a novel, but here it is clearly the author’s intention to say something profound and powerful about why the South lost the Civil War, and why absslon is so fundamentally flawed and headed for self-destruction. By the early s, he has a son Henry and a daughter Judith.

Eventually technology would have caught up with the needs of large land owners which would have freed absalonn the tenement farmers for the industrial work that made the North so strong. His problem was how to tell the story of Thomas Sutpen and the lives of his children which occurred in the past by characters in the ostensible present of the novel.

He pushed one old man over the edge and found his end in the most suitable way. How is your perspective on the novel enlarged after reading the Absalom story? The pain of the suffering characters? Jul 31, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quentin emerges as the central thread from whom we learn the “evidence” of the case of Thomas Sutpen.

Although the action of that novel is never explicitly referenced, the Sutpen family’s struggle with dynasty, downfall, and potential incest parallel the familial events and obsessions that drive Quentin and Miss Rosa Coldfield to witness the burning of Sutpen’s Hundred.

Quentin’s father then fills in some of the details to Quentin. View all 8 comments. Thomas Sutpen arrives in Jefferson, Mississippiwith some slaves and a French architect who has been somehow forced into working for him.