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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I cannot disagree; when I read it a few years back I was lost faulkneg 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.

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My reading has gotten much, much better since then — my speed has improved, certainly — and I can abzalon read in a week or two depending on external forces what took me a month or two to finish three years ago. 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.

More importantly, it is about the doubtful process of coming to know, reconstruct, and faulkmer to grips with history. Henry attends the new University of Mississippi at Oxford, later to be called ironically Ole Miss and meets Charles Bon, a few years older from New Orleans, becomes his best friend, nonetheless he is connected somehow to him.

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 it is so fundamentally flawed and headed for self-destruction. It is that good. Quotes from Absalom, Absalom!


Years after Sutpen’s death, his sister-in-law tells part of the story to 20 year old Quentin Compson, who is then given other information about Sutpen by his father, who had in turn been told about Sutpen by his father. The reader also later learns of Sutpen’s childhood, when young Thomas learned that faullner could base human worth on material worth.

And by the end, he is struggling not to hate the South. The use of Quentin Compson as the primary perspective if not exactly the focus of the novel makes it something of a companion piece to Faulkner’s earlier work The Sound and the Furywhich tells the story of the Compson Familywith Quentin as a main character.

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The Civil War intervenes. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Or only of extremely unusual families like the Sutpens?

Faulkner faullkner often been accused of an extremely misogynistic representation of women. Both were novels of the Old South.

I may also need to come back to this novel.

She gives equal respect, equal place, equal relevance, to the voice of the prostitute, the homeless, the slave etc etc. Ellen bears Sutpen two children, a son named Henry and a daughter named Judith, both of whom are destined for tragedy.

He watched the plantation owner lying in a hammock with his shoes off while a slave fanned him. Seemingly just another southern Gothic book with erratic flashback after flashback, revealing the truth But that is, of course, not a fair criticism – such melodrama was clearly part of Faulkner’s design.

This unusual technique spotlights one of the novel’s central questions: Anger at the fact that a monster like Sutpen can walk the earth, admired as a godlike creature by the people who share his racist and misogynist revenge and entitlement thinking.

Her voice would not cease, it would just vanish. Alright, review, gather your facilities! Among his working papers was a flow chart showing the sources of information and the basis of how his characters knew what they did. Sutpen had worked on a plantation in the French West Indies as overseer and, after subduing a slave uprising, was offered the hand of the plantation owner’s daughter, Eulalia Bon.


The book feels like a masterpiece. The layers of the story are frustrating and magnificent. 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.

In the family moved to the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where Faulkner was to spend most of his life. Another reason is medivel sense of honor.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

faulknr This book will bore some, even irritate others but there is no denying its magnificence for those willing to read it. A BiographyFrederick R. I found it interesting that Faulkner was a clothes horse, fashionista in his youth—rendering him, perhaps, his own model for Charles Bon, who in turn becomes a model for Henry Sutpen.

Sutpen is the disease, he holds himself up as a mirror to his contemporaries without conscience, they in turn are disgusted by him, his agsalon, his wild niggers, his windowless mansion, yet they are fascinated by him, Sutpen is kept close, nearly from the start in one capacity or another to his southern gentlemen counterparts. For example, Miss Coldfield was the sister-in-law of Sutpen, and despised him, so her memory absa,on slanted and her digressions unbearably long. But first war begins a glorious adventure for the young, cheers, congratulationsnaturally Henry and Charles join, and battle together Create reciprocal ACE blurbs.

Whose version of events do you find most attractive, most compelling?