Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!

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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is published in 1936. This book tells the story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who finds wealth and marries in order to have children to be his heir someday. 

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  • Ann Wallace
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This is a classic Faulkner book, so it was a good choice as a result of my query. It's a pretty subjective thing to ask for, so there could be a variety of responses, but I do agree with this one."
  • David Ortiz
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This is one of those books you'll find yourself reading in high school over the summer for a project for your AP writing/reading class. I say that because the writing style is masterful and incredibly insightful. Faulkner describes the morning air as if you were the one breathing it in, giving it a meaning you never thought possible. This book is incredibly deep on different levels and deserves to be read by everyone looking to add some culture to thier life."
  • Raquel Aguilar
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I wish to make it clear that I completely respect readers who can truly enjoy this particular book. I have been reading Mr. Faulkner's work in chronological order. There are times I really enjoy his work. However I seem to have struck an impasse with this work. There are sentences that run on, seemingly forever. Paragraphs are pages in length. Much of it seems to be a rambling narrative about imagined or possible occurrences. There seem to be incredibly long sentences that contain the words "maybe" and "perhaps". I also have trouble identifying with the characters, something that does not occur when I read other authors' works. I have located several different lists of so called "greatest novels". I have been trying to read a great many of these novels. Mr. Faulkner in general, and Absalom, Absalom in particular appear on numerous lists. I can tell this is great writing. However, I have not enjoyed this book. It is a difficult reading experience. I tend to have simple taste in all aspects of my life and perhaps this is simply too elaborate for me."
    Brian Banks
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very interesting novel to read from starting to ending with an amazing story."
  • Mildred Boyd
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is a little heavy to read. It's a good story but I had no problems setting the book down and doing other things when normally I can't put books down for hours."
  • Nicholas Oliver
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn about he African slave trade. It analyzes this dark period in Africa's history with an honesty that'll make you want to read til the end. Faulkner's prose and wit is unmatched here. "
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  • Michael Robinson
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "While I admit it's well written, this book is incredibly boring. There are a lot of great books with a southern setting but this is one of the worst. The characters don't grow on you at all and the pace of the story is incredibly slow."
  • Madison Price
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a classic. It's difficult to get through if you aren't in an intellectual mindest, I've found. But it was challenging and really made me think. It's one of those books I recommend everyone into classical literature reads once in their lives."
    Guillermo Zárate
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This book ruined my life. I followed its advice and got married to start a family. The woman left me alone with two kids and a crop in the field. Thanks Lucille."
  • Jason Martinez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "William Faulkner the American Master, the pinnacle of Southern Gothic Literature; How can you go wrong with the recommendation of his great work, Absalom, Absalom! I'm personally partial to As I Lay Dying, but the tale of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen is captivating. "
  • Christian Thomas
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "a very good and entertaining read"
  • Jaime Delgado
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Absalom is considered Faulkner's pinnacle work and rightfully so. It has beautiful structure and natural prose. Each read is filled with insights not there at the first glance. Definitely give this a try if you haven't read this classic!"
  • Theresa Taylor
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While this book was interesting, it didn't really meet my needs. I was looking for a book targeted more for a younger audience, possibly to teach them about alliteration as a literary device. While this book has alliteration in the title, it is actually a fiction book and it deals with some pretty serious topics, including greed and death. I will need to look for a book that better suits my needs, as this one just wasn't it."
  • Alan Reynolds
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book was very confusing for me and I didn't much like it because of that. I have read a ton of books and this has got to be my least favorite. I wanted to like it, but it just wasn't my style. Kind of a disappointment for a Faulkner book. You might want to pass on this one."
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