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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Sutpen obtains one hundred square miles of land from a local Native American tribe and faullkner begins building a large plantation called Sutpen’s Hundred, including an ostentatious mansion. And what of Thomas Sutpen’s fate?

Until I got to Absalom, Absalom! Jan 14, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are more of these Faulknerisms. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers.

In which absalpn you feel that his stylistic quirks are most annoying, most distracting? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why did Clytie set the house on fire?

Some women are just about good enough to give pleasure if the occasion arises, but their children are not even good enough to acknowledge their existence in front of the world. You know the ones I mean. Absalom, Absalom — Book Discussion.

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Names are given without introduction. View all 16 faukkner. The story is told entirely in flashbacks narrated mostly by Quentin Compson to his roommate at Harvard UniversityShreve, who frequently contributes his own suggestions and surmises.

Light in August was his first attempt to engage the rending racial issues of the South, an effort continued most successfully in Absalom, Absalom! Sutpen’s wife, Ellen, considers Bon to be Judith’s future husband. Boyd, The Reflexive Novel: Perhaps the war will remove one or both of them, making any confrontation unnecessary. Henry has returned to the estate to die.


Instead of using the traditional third-person narrator that most readers associate with the author, he directs a chorus of voices that intertwine, complement, and contradict one another.

View all 34 comments. Ellen Coldfield, a local woman, whom he marries and gives him two children: This novel the name comes from the Bible, could be his best, shows this. The homoerotic electricity of the relationship is palpable, though neither man ever indicates the occurrence of a sexual act. Not welcome by the local population, trust never is given to the aloof stranger, doesn’t matter to the ambitious man, wealth absalom, that is all to him. How do the particularly important symbolic roles of the mother and the father differ from book to book?

In how many different ways can the same story be told? View all 19 comments. View all 65 comments. However, Thomas Sutpen realizes that Charles Bon is his son from an earlier marriage and moves to stop the proposed union.

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During the Civil War, Judith, Clytie, and Rosa live together as sisters, eating the same food, working side by side. To what extent can people know the truth about the past? Sutpen’s story is told through a series of intertwined third person accounts.

It so captured me, that I read it in a rush — and so now, planning to go and read some later Faulkner the Snopes Trilogy. A dirt poor man from what will become West Virginia leaving his family at 14, traveling to find a better life walking mostly across southern states and arriving in the fictional sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi in at the age of This was a novel that Faulkner struggled with through false starts, interruptions with his work as a screenwriter for Howard Hawks, and the death of his younger brother Dean who died in a plane crash in How does this technique affect your ability to believe in the worlds that exist in these novels?


The mother targets him for marriage to the daughter, Judith. For example, Miss Coldfield was the sister-in-law of Sutpen, and despised him, so her memory is slanted and her digressions unbearably long. Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years his senior. Introduction When he completed Absalom, Absalom! Compson to make the connection clear. Apparently, Faulkner was also not a huge fan of people—hovering, talking, wanting something—I can relate.

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

Quentin seeks to form the past into narrative, to force it to cohere. It isn’t even a great example, as I don’t have the book borrowed to read on hand to find a really knock-you-down passage.