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[[ Read Epub ]] ⚼ As I Lay Dying ⚷ As I Lay Dying is Faulkner s harrowing account of the Bundren family s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother Narrated in turn by each of the family members including Addie herself as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true th century classic This edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established inby Noel Polk As I Lay Dying, William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying is a 1930 novel, in the genre of Southern Gothic, by American author William Faulkner Faulkner said that he wrote the novel from midnight to 4 00 AM over the course of six weeks and that he did not change a word of it Faulkner wrote it while working at a power plant, published it in 1930, and described it as a tour de force Faulkner s fifth novel, it is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature The title derives from As I Lay Dying, William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying is a 1930 novel, in the genre of Southern Gothic, by American author William Faulkner Faulkner said that he wrote the novel from midnight to 4 00 AM over the course of six weeks and that he did not change a word of it Faulkner wrote it while working at a power plant, published it in 1930, and described it as a tour de force Faulkner s fifth novel, it is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature The title derives from Book XI of Homer s Odyssey, wherein Agamemnon tells Odysseus As I lay dying, the woman with the dog s eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades The book is narrated by 15 different characters over 51 chapters It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her poor, rural family s quest and motivations noble or selfish to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson, Mississippi As the book opens, Addie is alive, though in ill health Addie and others expect her to die soon, and she sits at a window watching as her firstborn, Cash, builds her coffin Anse, Addie s husband, waits on the porch, while their daughter, Dewey Dell, fans her mother in the July heat The night after Addie dies a heavy rainstorm sets in rivers rise and wash out bridges the family will need to cross to get to Jefferson The family s trek by wagon begins, with Addie s non embalmed body in the coffin Along the way, Anse and the five children encounter various difficulties Anse frequently rejects any offers of assistance, including meals or lodging, so at times the family goes hungry and sleeps in barns At other times he refuses to accept loans from people, claiming he wishes to be beholden to no man , thus manipulating the would be lender into giving him charity as a gift not to be repaid Jewel, Addie s middle child, tries to leave his dysfunctional family, yet cannot turn his back on them through the trials Cash breaks a leg and winds up riding atop the coffin He refuses to admit to any discomfort, but the family eventually puts a makeshift cast of concrete on his leg Twice, the family almost loses Addie s coffin first, while crossing a river on a washed out bridge two mules are lost , and second, when a fire of suspicious origin starts in the barn where the coffin is being stored for a night After nine days, the family finally arrives in Jefferson, where the stench from the coffin is quickly smelled by the townspeople In town, family members have different items of business to take care of Cash s broken leg needs attention Dewey Dell, for the second time in the novel, goes to a pharmacy, trying to obtain an abortion that she does not know how to ask for First, though, Anse wants to borrow some shovels to bury Addie, because that was the purpose of the trip and the family should be together for that Before that happens, however, Darl, the second eldest, is seized for the arson of the barn and sent to the Mississippi State Insane Asylum in Jackson With Addie only just buried, Anse forces Dewey Dell to give up her money, which he spends on getting new teeth , and marries the woman from whom he borrowed the spades 1994 1371 250 1382 9643621936 1386 9789643621933 1387 1389 1391 304 1393 20 1930 I know you re supposed to love this book because it s Faulker, but I HATED IT I know you re cool and intelligent if you read Faulkner, but I can t stand him Sorry, I don t know what he s talking about and at the risk of sounding immodest, I am bright I DON T think it s cool and hip to write in a confusing manner, and I don t try to impress others by liking ambiguity I had my fill in college with snobs who pretended to like this stuff Sorry I sound harsh here I m really a nice per I know you re supposed to love this book because it s Faulker, but I HATED IT I know you re cool and intelligent if you read Faulkner, but I can t stand him Sorry, I don t know what he s talking about and at the risk of sounding immodest, I am bright I DON T think it s cool and hip to write in a confusing manner, and I don t try to impress others by liking ambiguity I had my fill in college with snobs who pretended to like this stuff Sorry I sound harsh here I m really a nice person , but YUK I ve been working up to a William Faulkner book for years His books always appear on lists of best books of all time and books you should read before you die But when I ve felt in the mood for a classic or something literary , I ve always passed him up for other authors, even those with 1000 page monsters I think, deep down, I always sensed Faulkner just wasn t for me.The first problem is my lack of enthusiasm for stream of consciousness narratives If I m being honest, I rarely like it I ve been working up to a William Faulkner book for years His books always appear on lists of best books of all time and books you should read before you die But when I ve felt in the mood for a classic or something literary , I ve always passed him up for other authors, even those with 1000 page monsters I think, deep down, I always sensed Faulkner just wasn t for me.The first problem is my lack of enthusiasm for stream of consciousness narratives If I m being honest, I rarely like it I don t mind working at a book if it s hard going, but this style of narration makes it difficult for me, personally, to ever settle into the rhythm of the book And Faulkner takes it to a whole new level He drops us into scenes and scenarios without any explanation I genuinely felt like Faulkner wanted to deliberately confuse his readers about characters and ideas he could have easily portrayed in aaccessible way Confusion for confusion s sake.Honestly, I can think of littleboring than suffering through every thought, feeling and instinct that passes through the human mind I have my own mind that plagues me with this randomness I don t need to read it in someone else s perspective I want an author to organize language into a structure that is interesting, compelling, thought provoking and stream of consciousness, for me, is rarely any of those things.But that s just my tastes for the style Trying to take a step away from that a second and view what the novel did as a whole, I can t say I enjoyed the story Nor do I tend to enjoy books withthan two or three perspectives and this one had fifteen In less than three hundred pages The plot follows the Bundren family after the death of their matriarch, Addie Fifteen perspectives tell the story of the family s journey to Jefferson, where Addie is to be buried Hauling a wagon with Addie s decomposing body, the Bundren family sets out on a nine day journey of frequent hunger and discomfort Faulkner includes important themes in his work, such as religion, poverty and identity in the Southern United States, but I still feel like other authors have done this in apalatable way I would much rather read Steinbeck any day.One reviewer said this of Faulkner s style and I couldn t agreeIt is easy to be confusing It is easy to write something beautiful and understandable for yourself It s hard to write universal words which we can all connect So, so true.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Where to start with a masterpiece that is both short like the distance between two thoughts and deep as the thoughts themselves This is one of Faulkner s true masterpieces a grotesque road trip with a rotting corpse told in the voices of the extremely dysfunctional and occasionally insane family members It is Ulysses in the Southern United States, or a Georgian Grapes of Wrath Faulkner having been inspired by the former and certainly influenced the latter The writing is some of the most po Where to start with a masterpiece that is both short like the distance between two thoughts and deep as the thoughts themselves This is one of Faulkner s true masterpieces a grotesque road trip with a rotting corpse told in the voices of the extremely dysfunctional and occasionally insane family members It is Ulysses in the Southern United States, or a Georgian Grapes of Wrath Faulkner having been inspired by the former and certainly influenced the latter The writing is some of the most powerful that Faulkner ever produced I would think how words go straight up in a thin line, quick and harmless, and how terribly doing goes along the earth, clinging to it, so that after a while the two lines are too far apart for the same person to straddle from one to the other and that sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words.The words leap off the page and both drawn you into their language s inner beauty and repulse you for the violence he depicts It is as visceral as a slaughterhouse complete with awls piercing caskets and yetoptimistic than this generation s Walking Dead.One of the greatest American novels ever written and one that will still be as moving and relevant centuries from now as it speaks eternal truth in the American vernacular A must