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Nov. 21st, 2012

Absalom, Absalom!Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


From Amazon: "First published in 1936, Absalom, Absalom! is William Faulkner’s ninth novel and one of his most admired. It tells the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded attempt to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. Although his grand design is ultimately destroyed by his own sons, a century later the figure of Sutpen continues to haunt young Quentin Compson, who is obsessed with his family legacy and that of the Old South."

This was my first time reading this and I feel like I need to read it six more times (at least) to catch everything. It is about history, story-telling, the way no one ever knows the whole story, and, of course, the South. As a result, it is also about racism. I'm still digesting it and I'm sure I will be for a long while.



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