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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (25 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099542366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099542360
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of his greatest novels" (Independent)

"This is in some ways an implacably sunny book, but any temptations Faulkner may have felt toward nostalgia are tempered by the clear eye through which he always viewed the world...written in prose at once distinctly Faulknerian yet entirely accessible....a lovely book, funny and touching and Faulkner to the core" (Washington Post)

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Faulkner is rightly considered in the top echelon of American writers, but this is not an easy read. Characters and situations are beautifully described, yet it is often necessary to reread passages so as not to miss the nuances of language and construction. There is a temptation to abandon it. Please don't. The quirks and ultimate solution of the plot make this a clever and satisfying experience.
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Enjoyed this novel. Preferred As I Lay Dying, and also The Sound and the Fury. But The Reivers was worth reading, not least because is told from the perspective of an eleven year old boy. His faith in his companion, Boon and his disillusion - loss of innocence, is well portrayed. I found myself concerned for his physical welfare! But not for his mental or emotional capacity to withstand - his life up until his adventures had well prepared him for any eventuality. Interesting
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2004
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When I first tried to read The Reivers about 35 years ago, I found the book hard to get into. I found that happening again this time, but my advice to you is to stick with it. Past the opening scenes, you'll find the story wrapping its gentle tendrils around your mind and enjoyably taking you back to a simpler time when automobiles were new, and people acted in less restrained ways when they had the chance.
The experience of reading this book is like sitting on your grandfather's knee listening to him describe his youth. Sit back, take a deep breath, relax, and settle in for a most entertaining story that should not be hurried.
The book's title is filled with irony. Although ostensibly looking at the temptations that cause people to steal, underlying that surface message is a more subtle one of how people in power use that power to steal dignity and opportunity from others. Before the story ends, everyone in the book is a reiver (an older term for thief) of something or of human dignity.
The book opens with Boon Hogganback losing his temper and trying to shoot a man who insulted him. Fortunately, Boon is a bad shot. That's also the bad news because he wounds a young black girl and shoots out a store window. It will take him a long time to pay the damages.
The story then shifts to Boon's equally impulsive infatuation with the automobile that the narrator's grandfather has purchased, but doesn't intend to drive. Boon craftily overcomes grandfather's reluctance, and the family is soon riding with Boon as the driver.
When the narrator's other grandfather dies, the family leaves town by train for the funeral leaving Boon with an automobile.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first tried to read The Reivers about 35 years ago, I found the book hard to get into. I found that happening again this time, but my advice to you is to stick with it. Past the opening scenes, you'll find the story wrapping its gentle tendrils around your mind and enjoyably taking you back to a simpler time when automobiles were new, and people acted in less restrained ways when they had the chance.
The experience of reading this book is like sitting on your grandfather's knee listening to him describe his youth. Sit back, take a deep breath, relax, and settle in for a most entertaining story that should not be hurried.
The book's title is filled with irony. Although ostensibly looking at the temptations that cause people to steal, underlying that surface message is a more subtle one of how people in power use that power to steal dignity and opportunity from others. Before the story ends, everyone in the book is a reiver (an older term for thief) of something or of human dignity.
The book opens with Boon Hogganback losing his temper and trying to shoot a man who insulted him. Fortunately, Boon is a bad shot. That's also the bad news because he wounds a young black girl and shoots out a store window. It will take him a long time to pay the damages.
The story then shifts to Boon's equally impulsive infatuation with the automobile that the narrator's grandfather has purchased, but doesn't intend to drive. Boon craftily overcomes grandfather's reluctance, and the family is soon riding with Boon as the driver.
When the narrator's other grandfather dies, the family leaves town by train for the funeral leaving Boon with an automobile.
Read more ›
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