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Having a few slaves he builds a large mansion but no furniture or windows money has gone ears later he does have and marries Ellen Coldfield daughter of his only friend Goodhue Coldfield a small shop owner Love match it is not he wants respectability she a big house to run and impress the town still there are secrets never talked about by decent people Born to the unhappy couple are Henry and Paris Kanonen--The Paris Guns (Wilhelmgeschutze) and Project Harp younger sister by twoears Judith crimes are committed by this family Henry attends the new University of Mississippi at Oxford later to be called ironically Ole Miss and meets Charles Bon a few Memoirs of Hecate County years older from New Orleans becomes his best friend nonetheless he is connected somehow to him Taking Charles back home to Jefferson he soon becomes unofficially engaged to Judith This makes the mother Ellen ecstatic Thomas her father isn twhy The future couple strangely are uite calm there must be a reason But first war begins a glorious adventure for theoung cheers congratulations naturally Henry and Charles join and battle together disillusionment succeeded it The old patriarch Thomas is made a Colonel in the rebel army too fighting very bravely he never lacked courage not one of his many sins The book will bore some even irritate others but there is no denying its magnificence for those willing to read this Starting to read Absalom Absalom might feel at first like walking into Three Barnyard Tales your friends having an important conversation but becauseou missed the first half of it A Short History of Ireland, 1500-2000 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 toou reuesting that they please start over All If an Elephant Went to School you can do is try to make sense of the clues and signsou re able to grasp and try to figure out for Morse Code for Radio Amateurs yourself at least for the time being bits of the narrative Of courseou could also excuse The Ideal Muslim Society yourself and give them some privacy butou d be missing out on a great book Like the making of a pearl mollusks depositing calcium carbonate in concentric layers as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite inside the shell or even a grain of sand in rare cases isolating it from their mantle folds That s how I like to imagine William Faulkner wrote this novel he idealized the plot and his characters and then realized something tragic would have to happen to them that would be their demise the threatening irritant a crime and instead of telling his tale conventionally he slowly protected and isolated it with layers and layers of different perspectives from various unreliable narrators In how many different ways can the same story be told Can each one of these coexist on their ownThere are mainly four people Rosa Coldfield father and son Jason and uentin Compson and Shreve McCannon the latter s roommate in this uest of trying to understand and ultimately make sense of what they ve heard about the events that took place over the course of a century as the fates of the Sutpen Coldfield and Bon families are encapsulated from the 1800 s until the early 1900 sEach one of these four voices which at some point are all narrators of the story have some knowledge of what happened in certain periods of time Part of that knowledge though is pure guessing or interpretations based on their own points of view and so it s up to us who are reading a story from someone who s heard of a story from others to be careful as to what we can assume as fact or merely personal conclusion While Miss Rosa who s emotionally involved and was a living part of the tragedy fuels her narrative with sentimentality and bias Mr Compson relies on a hear and say account since he s heard it all from his own father uentin and Shreve approach the subject objectively in black and white ironically one might say considering this particular book just summarizing all the information they d obtained from several sources while still trying to attribute what were the underlying reasons in all of the character s actionsThe novel s plot is basically about the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen a poor white man who has a project for his life since he was a teenager to have a big mansion a family and heirs to carry out his name Arriving in Jefferson Mississippi he is able to obtain some land and through the course of a few ears builds up his sumptuous mansion The next step is to find a wife Ellen Coldfield a local woman whom he marries and gives him two children Henry and Judith It all seems to be working accordingly to his plans until Henry who s now in the University brings home for Christmas his fellow student and best friend Charles Bon whom Ellen Coldfield hopes will marry her daughter The simple possibility of this wedding brings drastic conseuences to the lives of the three families and only through analyzing their past we can begin to comprehend why an unexpected killing took place and how that altered Sutpen s schemes and how he felt he would have to try againCompleting the merits of the book Faulkner gives us beautiful and interesting analogies long Proustian sentences and uses a lot of visual elements to portray the character s feelings and he s still able to assign uniue ways in which all of his storytellers can express themselves and stand on their own as singular voices Not in all passages appears to be an obvious narrator but through paying attention to detail and getting acuainted with their manners it ll be easier to identify whose voice it is ou hearRating while the story is in fact very interesting and keeps Marcus Garvey you curious until the end to find out what really happened to the families involved and begging for a reliable narrator who will just lay out all the cards forou the innovations in style and the narratives Faulkner employed here are what really grabbed my attention and impressed me the most I found Absalom Absalom so well crafted and written that I just couldn t help but wonder than a couple of times how did he ever idealized something like this For that 5 stars no less All the human vices turn around an instinct of procreationAnd a male instinct of procreation turns around a womanthe other sex is separated into three sharp divisions separated two of them by a chasm which could be crossed but one time and in but one direction ladies women females the virgins whom gentlemen someday married the courtesans to whom they went while on sabbaticals to the cities the slave girls and women upon whom that first caste rested and to whom in certain cases it doubtless owed the very fact of its virginityBut if a man erects his economic edifice not on the rock of stern morality but on the shifting sands of opportunism and moral brigandage then sooner or later a day of reckoning will come Absalom Absalom is a full of dark secrets and murky mysteries ghost story the ghosts of the past rise and follow ou everywhere. Rson 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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Wever while Margaret Mitchell chose to romanticize that society William Faulkner removed any element of fanciful romance from the story revolving around the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen a man with a design to found a patriarchal dynasty but who lost everything in his attempt to doFaulkner originally titled his novel Dark House but as he wrote his complex story adopted the story of King David and his son Absalom as a appropriate fit with the figure of Thomas Sutpen and his family 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 ounger brother Dean who died in a plane crash in 1935 Further his initial submissions to his publisher were returned to him as being confusing and incapable of being understoodFaulkner s premise for Sutpen s story is no one person is capable of knowing what truth is History is an amalgam of documentation memory and the telling of it One lawyer colleague of mine has as his motto Perception is reality For the reader of Absalom Absalom it is uite similar to being a member of a jury listening to the testimony of multiple witnesses weighing their demeanor their testimony their biases and prejudices viewing the exhibits and ultimately as a group determining what is the truth of the case tried before themFaulkner had his characters and story in mind His problem was how to tell the story of Thomas Sutpen and the lives of his children which occurred in the past by characters in the ostensible present of the novel Among his working papers was a flow chart showing the sources of information and the basis of how his characters knew what they did At the top was Thomas Sutpen originally named Charles From Sutpen a line flowed to Rosa Colfield who would be Sutpen s sister in law Another line flowed to the right to General Compson his only apparent friend to his son uentin Compson II In the center at the bottom of the working page is uentin Compson III whom we originally meet in The Sound and the Fury uentin is linked to Sutpen by his direct connection to Rosa Colfield who tells the story from her perspective and from information passed down to him by his grandfather and father uentin emerges as the central thread from whom we learn the evidence of the case of Thomas Sutpen Then in a masterstroke of structure Faulkner provides the reader with uentin s Harvard roommate Shreve McCannon an outsider a Canadian who provides uestions and his own interpretation of the information uentin provides himIn 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 truthThomas Sutpen appears in Jefferson Yoknapatawpha County Mississippi in 1833 He is a mystery He is a man without a Have Amok 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 shakeour perfectly symmetrical head put And a Bottle of Rum your elegantly tapered fingers pensively toour shapely chin and think There s a human being in there somewhere I can see all the body parts But why does it look so incredibly bizarre Well that s sort of how I felt reading this novel If I had to sum it up in one phrase it would be Convoluted convolutedMind Crochet you I wouldn t want to dissuade anyone from trying this I m told by those in the nose know that it s much better on a second reading If I went back to the Picasso maybe all those skewed arms and legs and wellou know other things would shift around and suddenly look like a regular human being And if I go back to the Faulkner maybe all those characters fragments flashbacks rehashings and long drawn out italicized monologues will shift around and suddenly make sense like a regular novelI don t know though whether I ll ever go back But that s just me I would marry this book if our proud nation didn t define marriage as being only between a man and a woman Apologies for previously having some snobbery in this review that I wrote 10 Playhouse years ago which I have now edited In the interim 10ears I have had children and now have to read books about cat mermaids so karma has bit my ass aggressively Let s just enjoy this and opposite uentin Miss Coldfield in the eternal black which she had worn for forty three ears now whether for sister father or nothusband none knew sitting so bolt upright in the straight hard chair that was so tall for her that her legs hung straight and rigid as if she had iron shinbones and ankles clear of the floor with that air of impotent and static rage like children s feet and talking in that grim haggard amazed voice until at last listening would renege and hearing sense self confound and the long dead object of her impotent et indomitable frustration would appear as though by outraged recapitulation evoked uiet inattentive and harmless out of the biding and dreamy and victorious dust Her voice would not cease it would just vanish How am I to put all the pain of this novel into a review The pain of the suffering characters The pain of the reader suffering with them There were moments when I felt I couldn t take it any when the carefully built puzzle added another piece to the beautifully decorated and carefully furnished hellscapeWhat makes Desire and Deceive you able to talk about that kind of pain then I could ask following the path of uentin and Shreve the two dialogue partners who preside over the story in the story trying to carve out truth in the muddle of prejudice pri A great writer William Faulkner was winner of the Nobel Prizeet not an easy readThis novel the name comes from the Bible could be his best shows this Seemingly just another southern Gothic book with erratic flashback after flashback revealing the truth layer by layer maybe set both before and after the American Civil War 1861 1865 North against South 620000 soldiers died with different characters narrating the confusing story of Thomas Sutpen 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 1833 at the age of 25 Not welcomed by the local population trust never is given to the aloof stranger doesn t matter to the ambitious man wealth does that is all to him Mr Sutpen is tired of poverty nothing can stand between his goal of riches even if a few get hurt Somehow buying stealing a hundred suare miles of Indian land Sutpen s Hundred his plantation. If it is good ou’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 Jeffe.
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 suare miles the geographic size of the plantation 100 suare miles of land is euivalent to 64000 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 reuired an unbelievable amount of human labor to keep them productive Mechanical invention had not advanced enough to provide the machines that the plantation owners needed to work such a large tract of land When ou own land than Household Gods you can work and there is not a labor pool available to sustainour industrywhat do ou do Well we know what they did but what should they have done Around 1800 when cotton became king is when the demand for slaves escalated exponentially The potato famine in Ireland happened in 1845 which brought thousands of displaced Irish to the United States but this wave of immigration came too late to keep the South from becoming too economically dependent on slavery Now I m not advocating turning the Irish immigrants or the Chinese immigrants who followed into slaves but wouldn t it have been a better solution for our history if those plantation owners had adopted the flawed but still better than slavery system of tenant farmers Eventually technology would have caught up with the needs of large land owners which would have freed up the tenement farmers for the industrial work that made the North so strong Maybe the availability of that labor pool would have encouraged manufacturing in the South Some of the better tenement farmers would have become land owners themselves as plantations fell out of the hands of Southern aristocratic families due to the untimely death of a patriarch or because of mismanagement Not a perfect world but a better world and maybe just maybe we would have avoided a costly Civil War for which the South to this day has never fully recovered But then would Southern literature be the same I have a grudging respect for Thomas Sutpen As a boy he was asked to deliver a message to a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia He watched the plantation owner lying in a hammock with his shoes off while a slave fanned him Thomas was asked to go to the backdoor to deliver his message He will never forget the slight He lays awake at night thinking about what he can do about it He does a stint in the West Indies and comes back to the United States specifically Mississippi with blacks speaking a strange language He wasn t even a gentleman He came here with a horse and two pistols and a name which nobody ever heard before knew for certain was his own any than the horse was his own or even the pistols seeking some place to hide himself uentin Compson is the thread that sews the plot together As Rosie Coldfield and his father and a host of other people tell him stories about Yoknapatawpha County his head becomes filled with a convoluted history of his birthplace uentin had grown up with that the mere names were interchangeable and almost myriad His childhood was full of them his very body was an empty hall echoing with sonorous defeated names he was a being an entity he was a commonwealth uentin spends time with Rosie Coldfield than he really wants to but she has memories that he needs to hear to fill in the gaps of the story in his head uentinsitting in the buggy beside the implacable doll sized old woman clutching her cotton umbrella smelling the heat distilled old womanflesh the heat distilled camphor in the old fold creases of the shawl feeling exactly like an electric bulb blood and skin since the buggy disturbed not enough air to cool him with motion created not enough motion within him to make his skin sweatThe families who have lived in this county in Mississippi for generations are also the same people who regarded this new comer Thomas Sutpen with bemusement When he successfully rooked a drunken Indian out of some land they clucked about that but then as he continued to gain influence and wealth building a comfortable living out of nothing they started to worry This opportunity had been there for them their whole lives but it took a man with daring from outside the county to see the potential or have the immorality to make it happen He took a wife descended from a good family and the community showed their disapproval by not showing up to the wedding Undaunted barely noticing that the community had turned against him Thomas Sutpen forged forward siring a son and a daughter and building the life for himself he had coveted as a boy in Virginia The Civil War happens Almost every able man is called up to serve Thomas s son Henry is away from school and has become friends with Charles Bon who because of the encouragement of his mother has at the advanced age of 28 decided to go back to school He meets up with Henry and as the plot advances we find out that Charles Bon is Henry s half brother Charles becomes engaged to Henry s sister Judith and of course she is also his half sister As ou might expect this causes much consternation in the family I really didn t think that Charles loved Judith It was not Judith who was the object of Bon s love or of Henry s solicitude She was just the blank shape the empty vessel in which each of them strove to preserve not the illusion of himself nor his illusion of the other but what each conceived the other to believe him to be the man and the outh seducer and seduced who had known one another seduced and been seduced victimised in turn each by the other conuerer vanuished by his own strength vanuished conuering by his own weakness I think he saw Judith as the only way of achieving his own birthright view spoilerHenry kills Charles to keep him from marrying Judith even though he really loved himwelllike a brother hide spoiler 622 Absalom Absalom William Faulkner 1897 1962Absalom Absalom is a novel by the American author William Faulkner first published in 1936 Taking place before during and after the Civil War it is a story about three families of the American South with a focus on the life of Thomas Sutpen 2000 1378 414 9644480864 1382 20 1909 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 goodreads 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 1833 King James VersionInterestingly enough Absalom Absalom and Gone with the Wind were both published in 1936 Both were novels of the Old South Ho. “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.
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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 screenwriterThe majority of his works are set in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as early