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Absalom, Absalom! (Modern Library) by William Faulkner

By William Faulkner

First released in 1936, Absalom, Absalom! is William Faulkner’s 9th novel and considered one of his so much fashionable. It tells the tale of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded try to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830. even supposing his grand layout is eventually destroyed via his personal sons, a century later the determine of Sutpen keeps to hang-out younger Quentin Compson, who's enthusiastic about his relatives legacy and that of the previous South. “Faulkner’s novels have the standard of being lived, absorbed, remembered instead of in basic terms observed,” famous Malcolm Cowley. “Absalom, Absalom! is structurally the soundest of all of the novels within the Yoknapatawpha series—and it profits strength in retrospect.” This version follows the textual content of Absalom, Absalom! as corrected in 1986 below the path of Faulkner specialist Noel Polk and contours a brand new Foreword via John Jeremiah Sullivan.

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I’d say the blue spots are a better bet, if you’re trying for another hive,” I told him. “The ones you’ve only marked with red are probably from Mr. Warner’s orchard. ” I dug the book from my pocket, and when I looked up to wish him a good day he was looking back at me, and the expression on his face took all words from my lips—no mean accomplishment. He was, as the writers say but people seldom actually are, openmouthed. He looked a bit like a fish, in fact, gaping at me as if I were growing another head.

Had he said almost anything else, or even said the same words in another manner, I should merely have made a brusque apology and a purposeful exit, and my life would have been a very different thing. However, he had, all unknowing, hit squarely on a highly sensitive spot. My reason for leaving the house at first light had been to avoid my aunt, and the reason (the most recent of many reasons) for wishing to avoid my aunt was the violent row we’d had the night before, a row sparked by the undeniable fact that my feet had outgrown their shoes, for the second time since my arrival three months before.

I shall leave her here, frustrated and unnamed, and hope she does not intrude further on my narrative. TWO THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE One came hither, to the school of the bees, to be taught the preoccupations of all-powerful nature… and the lesson of ardent and disinterested work; and another lesson too… to enjoy the almost unspeakable delights of those immaculate days that revolved on themselves in the fields of space, forming merely a transparent globe, as void of memory as the happiness without alloy.

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