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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See all 3 questions about Absalom, Absalom! It would just be another book telling a story about a slice of Southern history. Anger that he has the power to faulknwr 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 perpetuated in a pure, male line.

Feb 15, Kim Serene rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: How does each teller affect your response? But why absaoln it look so incredibly bizarre? He pushed one old man over the edge and found his end in the most suitable way.

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The complex, fractured narrative makes for a tough read. And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: Although the novel’s complex and fragmented structure poses considerable difficulty to readers, the book’s literary merits place it squarely in the ranks of America’s finest novels.

Mind you, I wouldn’t want to dissuade anyone from trying this. Though his work was published as earl William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist faukner short story writer. I’d say Karl is right. This story, these dark images are delivered in aabsalom beautiful southern dialect with a power and mastery few possess, and that Faulkner possessed in spades.

The narration of Rosa Coldfield, and Quentin’s father and grandfather, are also included and re-interpreted by Shreve and Quentin, with the total events of the story unfolding in nonchronological order and often with differing details.


My reading has gotten much, much better since then — my speed has improved, certainly — and I can now read in a week asbalom two depending on external forces what took me daulkner month or two to finish three years ago. Why do the various tellers of the story interpret and embroider the tale so differently? Among his working papers was a flow chart showing the sources of information and the basis of how his characters knew what they did.

Sep 23, Lucas rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But that’s just me. How do the particularly important symbolic roles of the mother and the father differ from book to book? This book was a difficult but rewarding read. I cannot disagree; when I read it a few years back Wbsalom was lost for about half the novel, at a time when I didn’t have the time to look up half the words in Webster’s and spend a month reading a page novel.

Anger drove me, and one quote broke my heart: Rosa initially narrates the story, with long digressions and a biased memory, to Quentin Compson, whose grandfather was a friend of Sutpen’s. Through Grandfather and Father Compson we learn that Sutpen had come from the mountains of western Virginia, from a poverty stricken family. For it develops that prior to her death, Ellen had put the responsibility of protecting her children, Judith and Henry, when she is no longer alive.

Well, we know what they did, but what should they have done? Rereading this was definitely the right decision. I can give you a better idea if I ever have time to read it again. He proposes to Rosa Coldfield, his dead wife’s younger sister, and she accepts.

Retrieved from ” https: One could also criticise how narrow the world this novel inhabits is — whilst there are characters from different social groups, their presence is minimised and the locus of meaning in the novel is very much that of the white “elites” or, at least, a certain portion on the lower end of this group and irrespective of their relative “poverty” – I do not think Sutpen’s childhood, his “riff-raff” status, does anything to truly widen this perspective.


He puts down a slave revolt. If I had to sum it up in one phrase it would be: Can each one of these co exist on their own? But then would Southern literature be the same? Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years his senior. View all 14 comments. View all 4 comments. Karen Fantastic review Lisa!

Absalom, Absalom! Reader’s Guide

I equate this book to going to a family reunion and spending time with a great aunt, an uncle, and a grandparent and asking them each the same question.

For a Blue State liberal, some words become tiresome, painful. View all 19 comments. There were moments when I felt I couldn’t take it anymore, when the carefully built puzzle added another piece to the beautifully decorated and carefully furnished hellscape. We are experiencing technical difficulties. The title refers to the Biblical story of Absaloma son of David who zbsalom against his father then King of Faulknet of Israel and who was killed by David’s general Joab in violation of David’s order to deal gently with his son, causing heartbreak to David.

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In essence, Faulkner’s structure is much akin to eating an artichoke, peeling the delicate leaves from it, nipping the tender flesh from the base of the leaves, until we reach the unveiled heart, the ultimate delicacy, or in literary terms, what the reader discerns to be the truth.

As a boy he was asked to deliver a message to a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia. This may be why I have difficulty articulating how I feel about the work.

absqlom Very soon in the narrative, the reader gets the skeleton of the saga of family called Sutpen full of mysterious tragedies.

May 25, Jill rated it liked it.