“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner
Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic tale of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who comes to Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi wilderness. He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”
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On par with any other great novel of the 20th century
Often noted for its difficult prose, Faulkner’s writing in Absalom!, Absalom! in indeed some of his most dense (chapter 5 famously contains a 1,300+ sentence), it is also some of his most beautiful. Despite the demanding nature of the novel, it proves to be profoundly rewarding. Through an allegorical story of a Southern transplant hell-bent on building a dynasty that is destined to destroy him, this story of the South in his “postage stamp” Yoknapatawpha county far transcends Southern parable and becomes a study on the nature of man that reaches no less than mythic proportions. Faulkner’s true magnus opus, and America’s Ulysses.