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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Some of the better tenement farmers would have become land owners themselves as plantations fell out of the hands of Southern aristocratic families due to the untimely death of a patriarch or because of mismanagement. View all 21 comments. His curse lives on, and on, and on, way beyond the magnetic closing lines, answering the question put to Quentin, why he hates the South: Why then does this history seem to be a nightmare from which Quentin is unable to awaken?

The story of Sutpens is an allegory to effect. Feb 15, Kim Serene rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sep 20, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shreve McCannon, the outsider, the neutral observer, the Canadian, astutely observes that the descendants of those that faulkenr held no freedom would rule the hemisphere.

Compson in the two books? The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. The onion is gradually peeled by the disclosure of events, in a non-chronological order and according to the biases and attitudes of the narrators, such that the reader reconstructs the truth through different narrators. View all 9 comments.

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Well, we know what they did, but what should they have done? What do they do there. Quotes from Absalom, Absalom! This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Through marriage with a local woman and some credit gained from a businessman, he makes a family and a successful plantation.


It would just be another book telling a story about a slice of Southern history. When you own more land than you can work and there is not a labor pool available to sustain your industry View all 34 comments.

What I can say, though, is that I found this work moving and haunting.

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Trivia About Absalom, Absalom! And what of Thomas Sutpen’s basalon Other body parts, hugely disproportionate, seem to bulge and dangle everywhere. Around the Year i This novel the name comes from the Bible, could be his best, shows this.

He puts down a slave revolt. More importantly, it is about the doubtful process of coming to know, reconstruct, and come to grips with history. An enraged Wash Jones kills Sutpen, his own granddaughter, Sutpen’s newborn daughter, and finally himself by resisting arrest. Sutpen becomes an overseer on a Haitian plantation.

If I absaalom to faulkkner it up in one phrase it would be: Retrieved April 19, One lawyer colleague of mine has as his motto, “Perception is reality.

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Referring to Sutpen as man-horse-demon, Rosa reveals her biases and prejudices against Falkner. The most difficult novel by Faulkner that I’ve read. The mother targets him for marriage to the daughter, Judith. 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 absaoln son, Charles Bon, when he learns that his wife has a strain of Negro blood. His focus on the issue of race, and of the “taint” which even the smallest hint of non-white ancestry can cast over an individual, is admirable, but, again, I find the complexity of Eugenia in Scott’s trilogy, much more powerful – Scott deliberately subverts the trope of the tragic mulatto, and engages in a much more subtle investigation of identity than Faulkner and remember Migrations was published in – almost ten years before Absalom.


Best not to give away any more, other than to say the absalm details the sordid rise and fall of the bizarre and mad Sutpen family and, allegorically, the South, and also that the title refers to King David’s beloved third son Absalom who rebelled against the Kingdom of Israel and was killed by David’s commander Joab. Sutpen will curtly propose to Rosa to become his second wife, but she will leave after being insulted by Sutpen for reasons that will be made considerably later in the novel.

Yet in its depth and intensity, the novel clearly transcends the often trivial melodrama of much gothic fiction.

Whatare the flaws in Sutpen that contribute to his tragedy? Alright, review, gather your facilities!

Maybe the availability of that labor pool would have encouraged manufacturing in the South. And it is not an exception, the exclamation sign in title is a warning. Want to Read saving…. Absalom, Absalom — Book Discussion. How does this technique affect absakom ability absqlom believe in the worlds that exist in these novels? How do the particularly important symbolic roles of the mother and the father differ from book to book?

You may surprise yourself with unexpected pleasures if you take up such a challenge yourself. This information is provided by Rosa Colfield, the sister of Ellen, whom Sutpen courts in peremptory fashion.