Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

editing for authors ad

A publisher or agency using Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn't anyone you want to write for.


Go Back   Absolute Write Water Cooler > Pop Culture > AW Bookclub
Register FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-26-2012, 02:08 AM   #1
theorange
Rebellious philosopher
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 90
theorange is on a distinguished road
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

I just finished reading this and thought it was astounding. Incredible tentacled layering of the plot, polyphonic language like the architecture of some baroque masterpiece, edge-of-the-seat suspense. Anyone else with me? Are Faulkner's other books just as amazing?
theorange is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 03:56 AM   #2
leahzero
The colors! THE COLORS!
 
leahzero's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 2,194
leahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputationleahzero has a double-platinum reputation
I absolutely loved The Sound and the Fury. His characterization is incredible. These people lived and breathed in some universe. There were moments too of transcendent beauty in his prose.

I'm working my way through Light in August now, which I don't like quite as much, but it's still masterful.

Glad to hear Absalom is good; that's on my list next.
__________________
SITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

I wrote UNTEACHABLE, a New Adult Romance.
My self-publishing saga, in all its gory detail, is here.
leahzero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2012, 07:02 AM   #3
blacbird
That hairy-handed gent
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Who ran amok in Kent
Posts: 28,364
blacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Great novel, by any standard, but for people with no experience of Faulkner, probably not the first of his you should read. Likewise The Sound and the Fury. I recommend starting with Sartoris, the first of his Mississippi novels, or maybe The Unvanquished. And of his highest-level masterpieces, Light in August. The Snopes Trilogy (The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion) also rank high, and maybe would be well read before either S&T or A,A.

But I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of Faulkner.

A cautionary note: If you're expecting dragons or zombies or sparkly vampires, best look for other authors.

caw
blacbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 06:26 PM   #4
Amos Gunner
figuring it all out
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 57
Amos Gunner is on a distinguished road
Ab, Ab has the distinction of being Faulkner's best work but also his most difficult.

blacbird's advice is fine, but in my experience, As I Lay Dying pleases most crowds. Also, flipping through his collected stories--paying close attention to classics like "Barn Burning," "A Rose for Emily," "That Evening Sun" and a few others--is time well spent.

Small point (or perhaps not): because F always writes about the past living in and influencing the present, I'd suggest zombies are one of Faulkner's main subjects.
__________________
.
.
.
Why, yes I do have a book on Smashwords. Thank you for asking. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95913
Amos Gunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2012, 11:08 PM   #5
blacbird
That hairy-handed gent
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Who ran amok in Kent
Posts: 28,364
blacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate complimentsblacbird is so great that we've run out of appropriate compliments
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amos Gunner View Post
Small point (or perhaps not): because F always writes about the past living in and influencing the present, I'd suggest zombies are one of Faulkner's main subjects.
Astute observation, and almost literally true in the case of "A Rose for Emily".

Another Faulkner I recommend as a possible initial read is The Wild Palms. It's two alternating but separate stories, set in his familiar Mississippi milieu, but without interrelation with any of the other Mississippi stories. And a deceptively strong book.

caw
blacbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Custom Search

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)


All times are GMT +4.5. The time now is 04:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.