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What the community says about Absalom, Absalom!
- "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."
- "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."
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- "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."
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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."