Absalom, Absalom! (The Corrected Text)

Absalom Absalom The Corrected Text 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

  • Title: Absalom, Absalom! (The Corrected Text)
  • Author: William Faulkner
  • ISBN: 9780394747750
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 c 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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    1. William Faulkner

      William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short story writer One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel Faulkner has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature Faulkner was influenced by the european modernism, and employed the Stream of consciousness in several of his novels.


    1. The picture above was used on the first edition dust jacket published in 1936 by Random House. It is the image I had in my mind of Sutpen's Hundred the plantation built by Thomas Sutpen. The hundred stands for a 100 square miles, the geographic size of the plantation. 100 square miles of land is equivalent to 64,000 acres. In other words it is a BIG PLACE. The gist of all this is that Thomas Sutpen built himself an empire. These plantations were so large that it required an unbelievable amount o [...]

    2. I like to think that Faulkner, were he alive, would've broken an empty bourbon bottle over the head of JRR Tolkien, and spit some tobacco juice on JK Rowling for their candy-ass prose and their contributions to increasing the laziness of readers everywhere. I further like to think that after he wrote, ". . . and opposite Quentin, Miss Coldfield in the eternal black which she had worn for forty-three years now, whether for sister, father, or nothusband none knew, sitting so bolt upright in the st [...]

    3. Absalom, Absalom!--William Faulkner's Novel of the Death of the Old SouthConsidered by many Faulkner scholars to be his masterpiece, Absalom, Absalom! was read by group "On the Southern Literary Trail" in April, 2012. And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! Second Samuel, 18:33, King James VersionInterestingly enough, Absalom, [...]

    4. Starting to read Absalom, Absalom! might feel, at first, like walking into your friends having an important conversation but, because you missed the first half of it, you can’t tell whom it’s about and why they sound so absorbed by it - and they’re so concentrated that they can’t and won’t listen to you requesting that they please start over. All you can do is try to make sense of the clues and signs you’re able to grasp and try to figure out for yourself - at least for the time bein [...]

    5. Have you ever looked at one of Picasso's abstract females? You know the ones I mean. The woman has a head in which the prominently jutting nose splits the face into two sections with violently contrasting colours. Other body parts, hugely disproportionate, seem to bulge and dangle everywhere. You contemplate it for a while, shake your perfectly symmetrical head, put your elegantly tapered fingers pensively to your shapely chin, and think, "There's a human being in there somewhere. I can see all [...]

    6. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum

      Ένα παραμύθι με Διονυσιακό πνεύμα και ακαθόριστο προορισμό. Τόσο ακαθόριστο, πολύπλοκο και πυκνό στο πέρασμα του που στην αρχή δημιουργεί δέος και μετά σε τρομάζει. Είναι μια καθαρά αρχαιοελληνική τραγωδία τοποθετημένη στην καρδιά του Αμερικανικού νότου με το πέρασμα του [...]

    7. Its incredibly tempting to start this review with one long run-on sentence, with plenty of punctuation, but no periods, and particularly not apostrophes when youre dealing with words like "dont," but I find refraining from apostrophes incredibly difficult and everything I've written just looks wrong (but this is a hypnotic writing style after you've - dammit! - read it for a while, and to me, sounds like a horse's - I give up! - gallop, although I did find it slightly irritating that every singl [...]

    8. I was nearly stammering when I finished it. It is a text so thick, so full of beauty that to describe it at all is dauntingrst of all, Faulkner is always doing things like this:“He was a barracks filled with stubborn back-looking ghosts still recovering, even forty-three years afterward, from the fever which had cured the disease, waking from the fever without even knowing that it had been the fever itself which they had fought against and not the sickness, looking with stubborn recalcitrance [...]

    9. Maybe you cannot know when you first approach a novel to reread if it will live up to your recollection or sink like dead weight. Maybe it won’t do either—maybe it will just hover in that No Man’s Land between the title you added to your favorite list in 2010 and the one you plod through, ever so slowly, in 2012. Maybe, it will haunt you.First time around, this one sailed—stream of consciousness, no problem—convoluted, page-long sentences, bring ‘em on. There’s a problem with multi [...]

    10. I would marry this book if our proud nation didn't define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

    11. "You can't understand it. You would have to be born there."Absalom, Absalom!, Quentin Compson (referencing the South)[revised 5/9/17]The story of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man born into poverty in West Virginia who arrives in north Mississippi in 1830 with a few slaves and a French architect, buy 100 square miles of land from a Native American tribe which he calls the "Sutpen Hundred" and builds a gaudy mansion. He plans to become rich and create a family dynasty. By the early 1860s, he has a [...]

    12. “That is the substance of remembering—sense, sight, smell: the muscles with which we see and hear and feel not mind, not thought: there is no such thing as memory: the brain recalls just what the muscles grope for: no more, no less; and its resultant sum is usually incorrect and false and worthy only of the name of dream.” ― William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury are probably more important, and perhaps more influential overall. However, as novels, [...]

    13. This book was a difficult but rewarding read. One reward is I can now begin to understand what everyone thinks they mean when they call another novel “Faulknerian”. I had some taste from short stories assigned in a college lit class, and even with that small dose I felt the temptation to use Cliff Notes to help understand his rich Southern Gothic brew. But I am more receptive now to appreciate a tale chock full of allusions, twisted motivations, and revelations about the sins of racism, clas [...]

    14. Ποιος χαρακτηρισμός ταιριάζει περισσότερο σε αυτό το βιβλίο;;; Αριστούργημα; Κομψοτέχνημα; Μαγικό; Υπέροχο; Ανυπέρβλητο; Μάλλον όλα τα παραπάνω μαζί και ίσως κάτι ακόμα… Ο Φώκνερ μέσα από έναν μονοκόμματο και μακρόσυρτο τρόπο γραφής ( σαν να προσπαθεί να χωρέσει όλο τον κόσ [...]

    15. i feel like i'm supposed to give this a higher rating, and maybe the next time i read it i will. it was a dense and thorny thicket, and i flogged myself through it with the conviction that it must be good for me, since it's faulkner, and faulkner is good for us -- and while i still believe that it was good for me i can't claim that i loved it. i read more out of a sense of obligation than desire, which is not usually the most productive motivation to read a novel. sentence for sentence, it is vi [...]

    16. The most difficult novel by Faulkner that I've read. Loved it anyway. Or maybe loved it because of that? Whatever. I'll be reading it again sometime, should be interesting to how I react to it half a century or so after the first read.

    17. Rereading this was definitely the right decision. On a second reading, a book that had been knotty and confusing, became crystal clear -- perfectly constructed as Faulkner proved actually to be holding all of the threads firmly within in his hands. The book IS constructed like an onion, with Faulkner skillfully pulling apart layer by layer (-- all the passages about Quentin and Shreeve around the table are mere narrative interludes, intended merely to allow the reader to regather himself before [...]

    18. Come si fa a commentarlo? Avevo letto Luce d’agosto, epico, grandioso, biblico. Molto meno ostico rispetto ad “ Assalonne, Assalonne!”, un romanzo che obbliga a non distrarti, a fare la massima attenzione ai salti temporali che portano a spasso avanti e indietro nel tempo, che ti costringe a leggere senza prendere respiro i periodi lunghissimi inframezzati di incisi e di parentesi su parentesi, con una scrittura ricchissima, lirica, vorticosa, che avvolge il lettore come il cobra viene inc [...]

    19. An enigmatic, nameless nightmare crawls silently out of the southern swamps and declares itself gentry. With stark and horrible inevitability, it creates its legacy in the same image as the mud from which it came, black, masked, impenetrable, yet reaching into a horror-stricken and helpless community to entwine a bride like a leviathan of the Mississippi marsh, drawing her back into its antebellum lair, she not wholly unwillingly. Mystery and strength entice no matter how shadowy and undignified [...]

    20. Ho quarantatré anni e questo è il miglior libro che abbia mai lettovorranno venirmi, forse, le parole per esprimere tanto godimento alla lettura e stupore per tanto godimento 1936, W.F Mississippi 1897-1962, Nobel 1949

    21. Η άνοδος και η παρακμή ενός άντρα, του δαιμονικού Τόμας Σάτπεν που ήθελε έναν γιο κι απέκτησε πάρα πολλούς, τόσους που τον κατέστρεψαν. Θα πλουτίσει, θα παντρευτεί, θα πολεμήσει, θα μηχανορραφήσει, ζώντας μια συναρπαστική ζωή: Αιμομικτικά επεισόδια, φυλετικές διακρίσεις, εμ [...]

    22. So, I am going to do something a little odd here which is more for the benefit of my thinking-through than anything else, so please feel free to ignore the following ramblings. I intend to restrict myself to only writing criticisms of this novel which I have read twice now and unhesitatingly give the full-fathom-five stars. Because I think there are lots of things which do not work here, or which fail to do what I think they are trying to do. And these are all things that I think Evelyn Scott, i [...]

    23. Η πολυφωνική κατασκευή του Faulkner τοποθετείται χρονικά κατά την περίοδο του εμφυλίου πολέμου και γεωγραφικά στον Αμερικάνικο Νότο. Παρότι η πλοκή φαινομενικά αφορά την άνοδο και πτώση του Thomas Sutpen, ουσιαστικά εξετάζεται η πορεία της οικογένειας του εν συνόλω, οι επιλογές των [...]

    24. I usually don't find it so difficult to write about my reaction to a novel. But this one has defeated me. What a complex, layered work it is. I've sat in front of the computer for about an hour now, writing and deleting sentences, trying to analyse what I feel about it, and I can't quite find the words. The narrative, which moves back and forward in time, concerns Thomas Sutpen, who arrives in Mississippi with a band of "wild" slaves to fulfill his obession to create a dynasty. He builds a large [...]

    25. "Tell about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.” Our social systems (in particular capitalism) are such that some qualities such as bravery, courage, hard work, physical strength, cunning, intelligence etc are rewarded while others the softer ones like compassion, kindness, honesty etc not only remain unrewarded but also come with a price for one of who possess them. In fact, only incentives, besides a clear conscience (which [...]

    26. Am I going to have to hear it all again he thought I am going to have to hear it all over again I am already hearing it all over again I am listening to it all over again I shall never have to listen to anything else but this again forever so apparently not only a man never outlives his father but not even his friends and acquaintances do.Yes he could see it all again in his mind as if he were there in front of the grave plots the tombstone pillars rising out of the misty ground thoughts of if y [...]

    27. William Faulkner's thesis through Absalom! Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury (novels that share characters and setting) goes something like this: The South fell because it was built on the blood and sweat (no tears from these men) of extremely ambitious men who lacked any compassion for others. Their utter disregard for others leads to theirs and ultimately the South's fall. Enter Thomas Sutpen in Absalom! Absalom!, the lowest of low characters ever created. He happily does things to relatives [...]

    28. Sul canone “gentiano”Ci sono scrittori dei quali, una volta terminato un libro, mi viene subito voglia di leggerne un altro e poi un altro ancora. Questo non vale per Faulkner, almeno non nel mio caso. Perché non trovo consolatori e neppure “piacevoli” i suoi libri, piuttosto impegnativi e amari e spesso ho la necessità di intervallarne la lettura con qualcosa di differente.Assalonne, Assalonne! non fa eccezione alla regola, anzi può essere considerato paradigmatico in questo senso. F [...]

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