Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are Snopes, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories
One of William Faulkner’s finest novels, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren’s family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner’s imaginary South, one of literature’s great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. Along with a new Foreword by E. L. Doctorow, this edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.
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i'm not much of a reader, i haven't listened to the book on itunes, i actually read the book, and my literature teacher wanted cautioned me about how confusing the novel may be, but i read it all the way through, and its hard to follow both by perspective, the language used (sometimes speaks in riddles) and also in the time that takes place, and ii've only read a handful of books in my lifetime because i'm a slow reader which makes me dislike picking up books and reading them, but to me this is a VERY outstanding novel and makes me want to read it over and over and its the best novel ever wrote
As I Lay Dying is a great read.
I really enjoyed it. Oh yeah, and "Through Struggle" has the best breakdown ever.
Know what your getting in to.
This is a great book. With that said, many people who try to read this book will be utterly confused and annoyed if they are mentally unprepared for it. In As I Lay Dying, Faulkner uses non-linear narrative which does not necessarily follow the timeline of the story. I reccommend this book for very intelligent juniors in high school but even they will be challenged.