Absalom, Absalom! The Corrected Text

William Faulkner
“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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Reviewed: 2020-05-21
sharon patricia holland, edouard glissant and hortense spillers oh yeah and fred moten brought me to faulkner but then left me there. my impression from other faulkner readers-- or really a better description is just other people who did or once or twice or had to read faulkner-- is this his other stuff is not a stream of consciousness mess. that's what i get for jumping around the canon without a trusty roadmap. but the loss of roadmap, compass or complete genealogy chart (timeline on last page, tho) is what immerses you helplessly in the traumatic gothic psychological mess of america-- not just the south-- and i'm fourstarring for the moments that are truly brilliant. but chattel slavery is still a downer and although this book is allegedly this well-read american classical monument practically nothing in the mainstream really reflects the evidence of reading, so. what's missing?
Reviewed: 2015-07-04
I LOVE this book!! stream-of-consciousness is totally my thing. First book ever to depress me though. And I had to create my timeline.
Reviewed: 2014-12-28

I read Absalom, Absalom! for a class I took in graduate school on Southern American history "beyond the facts." At the time, I really slogged through it and didn't like it (I preferred The Unvanquished) but I find now that I've had it sifting around in my brain for a few years, I use it more and more as a reference point. Stylistically, it's incredible. I'll have to go back and reread at some point.

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