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The five stars are for Malcolm Cowley whose introductory comments were invaluable As for Faulkner himself I don t know what to say This is a collection of stories from several novels and shorts set in Faulkner s
Brainchild Of Yoknapatawpha County There Are Several of Yoknapatawpha County There are several some stand outs being The Courthouse Was A Rose for Emily and the The Bear The Bear in articular took my breath away This collection would be a great way for someone new to Faulkner to break into his sometimes dense writing style as the stories are collected from different sources and though ordered chronologically by setting not Paris Encore (Zion Covenant, publishing date one can skip ahead or come back to which stories seem the most or least appealing Hint if you start with The Bear you will want to read Unlike most of the Viking Portables which are just an anthology of aarticular
author or group s work the ortable faulkner or group s work the Portable Faulkner serves a useful urpose As you Battered Not Broken probably know most of Faulkner s work takeslace in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County Mississippi and this volume collects stories and novel excerpts that give you a sense of the county s history and arranges them chronologically by the order in which they took lace not by the order in which Faulkner wrote them If like me you ve only read his most famous novels you don t really get a sense the interconnectedness of his work and just how detailed and rich his fictional
world is The specifics of the history and the important figures are spread kind of haphazardly through his oeuvre is The specifics of the history and the important figures are spread kind of haphazardly through his oeuvre having it organized here in a clear and understandable words you d rarely use to describe Faulkner way is very useful. In rose of biblical grandeur and feverish intensity William Faulkner reconstructed the history of the Americ. ,
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The other lus is that some of the material is really good It s got excerpts from some of his best novels The Sound and the Fury and Light In August and some excellent stories And then there s the rest of Faulkner s workRe reading this helped me realize two things That Faulkner was a writer
who had a Steampunk Erotica peak the aforementioned two novelslus As I Lay Dying and the rest of his work ranged fromhad a Poker Slave peak the aforementioned two novelslus As I Lay Dying and the rest of his work ranged from good to uestionable and that he has a couple of fundamental To the Golden Shore problems as a writer He was inspired by Joyce to adopt the stream of consciousness and other modernist techniues but I m suspicious that he learned all the wrong lessons If you read Ulysses and you should eventually you ll realize that it s an incredibly carefully written book Even the sections where it seems like characters are just rambling on in vernacular were actually written with an almost OCD level of attention to detail Everything has significance and internal meaning Theroblem is I feel like Faulkner took that break from standard narration as license to write these never ending sentences that seem like they were written in one furious spurt with no attempt at editing These endless streams of declarative statements and thick
Southern Slang That Arenslang that aren even really that aesthetically enjoyable instead it seems like he thinks he s got to get it all out there because he s talking about some serious and important shit man like he s writing this way to give it some artificial sense of urgency see also McCarthy Cormac and too often it descends into word vomit see art four of The Bear or basically all of Absalom Absalom And so many of the stories feel lik. An South as a tragic legend of courage and cruelty gallantry and greed futile nobility and obscene crimes No.
E they re constantly trying to hit you over the head with The Big Idea or
the super meaningfulSuper Meaningful which lose some of their Kirkland Revels power when he does it basically non stopBut other times especially when he reins himself in or he s employing a legitimately interesting narrative device he can beretty fantastic I also love minutia and so I really respect the amount of thought and To Him Who Sits on the Throne planning that went into Yoknapatawpha County So anyway this book is essentially all of Faulkner in a microcosm the good and the bad It s very useful as an overview of his fictional world androbably a good read for those who want to get seriously into him The rest of us should stick with The Sound and the Fury As I Lay Dying and Light In Augustword suggested by a friend Stories They endured I think I ve read most of the stuff in here robably not all But the rating and review are specifically for The Bear which I read years ago and a second time at least much recently The Bear is a terrific long short story novella if you will which is very representative of Faulkner s writing in many ways the setting the language the stream of consciousness style in
certain laces the references to the history of his mythical Mississippi county Even though Iplaces the references to the history of his mythical Mississippi county Even though I sure I got out of the story in my 60s than I did in my 20s the fourth Youth, Beautiful Youth part of the story is dense with so much of the Faulkner mythos that it would reuire from someone like me careful study which I didn t do to get a clearicture of the relationships of the characters or even how they were related to the rotagonist or even whether the rotagonist in the earlier Fault Lines parts actually appeared in th. Single volume better conveys the scope of Faulkner's vision than The Portable Faulkner Edited by Malcolm Cowl.