Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Absalom, Absalom!. It helps middle and high school students understand William Faulkner’s literary. Absalom! Absalom! is William Faulkner’s major work–his most important and ambitious contribution to American literature. In the dramatic texture of this story of. : ¡Absalón, Absalón! / Absalom, Absalom! (Spanish Edition) ( ): William Faulkner, Beatriz Florencia Nelson: Books.

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To what extent can people know the truth about the past?

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The complex, fractured narrative makes for a tough read. However, he puts faulker aside upon discovering that her complexion is not the result of a Spanish mother, but a black descendant.

And if I go back to the Faulkner, maybe all those characters, fragments, flashbacks, rehashings, and long drawn out italicized monologues will shift around and suddenly make sense like a regular novel.

Why does Quentin, who is fzulkner to Sutpen, seem to understand the tale as bearing directly upon his own identity and fate? Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Wikipedia articles with BNF identifiers. You know the ones I mean. When you own more land than you can work and there is not a labor pool available to sustain your industry Thomas’s son Henry is away from school and has faulknerr friends with Charles Bon who because of the encouragement of his mother has, at the advanced age of 28, decided to go back to school.

View all 41 comments. If I had to sum it up in one phrase it would be: Like the making of a pearl: Aristotle noted that a certain blindness, a character flaw he called hamartia, was common to tragic heroes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As you might expect this causes much consternation in the family.


Feb 15, Kim Serene rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: How will Henry resolve the propriety of Bon’s marriage to Judith since the war left them both survivors?

What secrets do Thomas Sutpen’s house still hold that Rosa Colfield demands that Quentin ride with her to that dark house before he leaves the South to become a student at Harvard? failkner

He went to Canada, where he pretended to be an Englishman and joined the Canadian RAF training program, which he did not complete until after the Armistice. He goes to colonial Haiti and marries the daughter of a plantation owner he has saved from death during the slave revolt there, but he abandons his wife and newborn son, Charles Bon, when he learns that his wife has a strain of Negro blood.

A human being, for Goodness Sake. Again, I submit that Scott’s exploration of these issues in her trilogy is better reasoned, explored in more depth and subtlety, and tells us more about the various and varied Southern mind-sets of the period and most importantly the complex ways they interact.

Light in August was his first attempt to engage the rending racial issues of the South, an effort continued most successfully in Absalom, Absalom! The story concerns Thomas Sutpen, a poor man who finds wealth and then marries into a respectable family. Not only is reading “Absalom” a bit like dining on an artichoke, it is also very much like peeling an onion, layer after layer.

At the conclusion of the war, Henry enacts his father’s interdiction of marriage between Charles and Judith, killing Charles at the gates to the mansion and then fleeing into self-exile. See all 3 questions about Absalom, Absalom! Obviously this book is an incredible work of art, and Faulkner a genius, but then so is Evelyn Scott. Henry and Bon join the University Grays formed at Oxford and head to war, with the belief that all the South held that defeat was impossible.


View all 31 comments. You would have to be born there.

Absalom, Absalom! Reader’s Guide

And what of Thomas Sutpen’s fate? The problem with all this is that Faulkner intended the text to be an “indictment” of Southern white culture and this program shapes the novel – rather than attempting to let that culture “be” and thereby allow the reader to do the interpretation, we raulkner already primed to follow only that path Faulkner wishes to set out for us.

There are times absalkm you don’t know who is talking and times when you don’t know who is being talked about.

This results in a peeling-back-the-onion revelation of the true story of the Sutpens. However, Thomas Sutpen realizes that Charles Bon is his son from an earlier marriage and moves to agsalom the proposed union. Are there aesthetic and intellectual reasons he takes his rhetoric and syntax to such exhaustive lengths, or do you feel that his style is too self-indulgent?

However, as a result of a talk with Henry regarding Bon, Henry repudiates his position as heir to the Sutpen holdings.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

I equate this book to going to a family reunion and spending time with a great aunt, an uncle, and a grandparent and asking them each the same question. Any reader bewildered by the opening pages of Absalom, Absalom! I’ve decided to start be rereading Absalom, Absalom!

He watched the plantation owner lying in a hammock with his shoes off while a slave fanned him. It is the source of grief and identity as well as the locus of all individual psychic struggles. Jan 14, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: