Beautifully rejacketed, this is Faulkner's gripping, dark tale of pride and prejudice in the Deep South
Quentin Compson and Shreve, his Harvard room-mate, are obsessed by the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen. As a poor white boy, Sutpen was turned away from a plantation owner's mansion by a Negro butler. From then on, Sutpen determined to be a Virginia plantation owner himself. His ambitions are soon realized: plantation, marriage, children, his own troop to fight in the Civil War. . . but Sutpen returns to find his estate in ruins. Worse, Charles, son of Sutpen's first repudiated to a partly coloured girl, seeks engagement to Sutpen's daughter, Judith. When Charles realizes this he offers to give up Judith for recognition by Sutpen.
About the Author
William Faulkner was born in Mississippi in 1897. A legend of American letters, he is the author of THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ABSALOM, ABSALOM!, AS I LAY DYING, and many other works. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950, and died in 1962.
There's a Faulkner market - no question of that. But for those on its outskirts, watching eagerly for growth, development, maturity in his work, there is disappointment, here as in Pylon. There is more in the sinister, sultry atmosphere to recall Sanctuary. But the story is indirect to the point of artificiality; the style marred by hyphenated words, manufactured words, until you lose the sense in the glut of verbiage. A depraved story of degenerates in a Southern family gone to seed - of Colonel Sutpen building his tribe by incest, perversion, miscegenation and lust. There is tragedy here, but the drawing is so out of scale that the effect is weakened. - In spite of all this, the book - on Faulkner's name - will sell, and rent. (Kirkus Reviews)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Published: 4th April 1995
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.26