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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (19 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099475014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099475019
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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"One of the most important works of American literature this century" (Observer)

"Faulkner has inexhaustible invention, powerful imagination, and he writes like an angel" (Arnold Bennett)

"For range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterisation, humour and tragic intensity [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country" (Robert Penn Warren)

"Its unlike anything else in literature... The experience of reading it seemed closer to the experience of life than anything provided by a neatly contrived story line... After the war I read all I could of William Faulkner, and he continued to present some unique and, it seemed to me, valid way of looking at life" (Nicholas Mosley Guardian)

"Not only was the book a kind of beginning for me, but that it endured still, it moved me deeply and remains "the damndest book I ever read"" (Niall Williams Sunday Times)

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A towering, intense novel of family from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literarture.

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This is actually a testing narrative, or a series of narratives, particularly the second by Quentin I found, with the continual movement in time frames, but it is without doubt worth the effort to persevere as the book is a piece of creative genius the likes that one seldom has the privilege to read, and relates much to the sentiments of the passage from Macbeth from where the title of the book is taken. It is really best to go with the flow as another reviewer has suggested and appreciate the different narratives from three brothers caught up in one family's fall from grace in the American south with the ever present racial intolerance and the shame of one of the brother's mental incapacity and a sister's promiscuity - made more remarkable by the first narrative being the inward voice/observations of Ben, the brother with mental incapacity and the second narrative by Quentin, whose depression leads to suicide. The third narrative is by the more volatile brother who seeks redress for his lot in the family downfall and the events that unfold when his niece steals his ill begotten savings in the final part that moves from the individual's subjective perspective.
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The Everyman collection is a superb way to build a library, beautiful books, well bound and printed.
This work by Faulkner is just as impenetrable in this edition as in any other though; it is a great read just
for the difficulty in understanding alone. Everytime that you read it one more piece of the jigsaw seems to fall into place.
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This book is exceptional. It's not an easy read by any means so don't choose it as part of your holiday reading but the effort is definitely worth it.

The book is split up into four parts which get progessively easier to read. They are by four different narrators and four different points of view of what is basically the disintegration of a once wealthy family in the deep south of America circa 1920's.

It's well worth reading this book for Faulkner's prose alone.
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AMAZINGLY MOVING, and the writing style, the rhythms and repetitions in places, is just so immersive. Its an experience as much as a read -- I can think of few books that engaged me so completely. It difficult to pin-point what the effect is, but one feels altered by it.
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Not for me; I gave the whole stream-of a consciousness thing a go with this novel, and just didn't find the patience to progress much past the first chapter..
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An interesting book with some of the most unlikable characters ever. This was not an enjoyable book for that reason, but as a lesson in human cruelty, it is excellent.
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It was a schlep to get through but I have to admire Faulkner's ambition in writing this. I will re-read sometime and get more from it hopefully.
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I'm not that familiar with American literature of this type,but I found it a compelling read.Although the work needs a short explanation via the introduction to set the reader on the right tracks, once you are aware of the basic timing and structure you shouldn't find it that hard.It is basically a tale of a dysfunctional middle-class southern American household in the 1920's and is a satisfying read.Its characters are vivid and their personal situations are communicated in great style.
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