As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

Book - 1957
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Publisher: New York : Random House, c1957.
Characteristics: 250 pages ;,18 cm.

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SunsetBranch
Mar 26, 2018

These characters certainly suffered- more than their share- so they deserve our sympathy. Did Faulkner betray them all- leave them sitting on the wagon with their mouths open like the butt of a bad joke- just so he could write that smart-aleky last paragraph?

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karenblok
Mar 23, 2018

What a strange book. I'm really struggling to get through it but it's on my to read list so I'm persevering. What language are they speaking? Certainly not English.

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1aa
Nov 23, 2015

A rather difficult book to read; it requires several rereadings to understand due to the way the narrative unfolds through the use of a dozen or so characters, some of them really odd, like Vardaman, a retarded/crazy/mystic man. The heart of the book is Addie, the dead matriarch. Her segment of the narrative is helpful in understanding why things are happening and the style is weirdly mesmerizing. The mesmerizing/ mystic strain to some of the writing only peeps through in other parts, but in hers its pervasive. Sorting out the plot is the hardest aspect of the book for the reader.

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re_discover
Jun 11, 2015

Despite being on many different top 100 reading lists, I found "As I Lay Dying" deeply lacking in character development.

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SeattleSaul
Jul 08, 2014

A difficult read but a worthy anodyne to the pablum that passes as good reading. Indeed, it could have been written in an easier-to-read expository form, but it is worth the effort. Even after reading notes on the book, one still has lingering questions, but that's how life itself has too. If nothing else, Faulkner may have been trying to tell us not to expect everything to make sense.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

A slow start, but momentum keeps building through the whole book and has you racing towards the end. There's a lot to untangle, but it's one of the most fantastic examples of classic literature that I've read.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

Faulkner's book of the Bundren family en route to bury Addie Bundren, their mother and wife, in her family cemetery at quite a distance from their home. At times humourous, this book is wonderful for character study; each chapter is a stream-of-consciousness of each character's thoughts, giving a total of fifteen different narrators. (July 2003)

I had to read this book in my AP English class. I got a lot out of it and the class discussions, but I'm sure if I had read it on my own I would've quit part way through. Definitely some interesting characters and a lot of insight into the deep south culture. I don't think it was a waste of time, but I won't read it again and don't recommend it UNLESS you like this type of stream of consciousness book, then I'm sure you'll love it.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 05, 2010

No. 35 - Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

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alexy93
Aug 05, 2010

A must read before you lay dying:) very complex themes: loneliness & isolation, meaning of life, religion, poverty, etc.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

The Bundren family take the body of Addie, the family matriarch to the place she wished to be buried. Along the way each member tells their private thoughts about Addie.

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re_discover
May 13, 2015

Darl: "When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in cedar trees smells. It has to set at least six hours, and be drunk from a gourd. Water should never be drunk from metal."

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