Successive episodes in the death and burial of Addie Bundren are recounted by various members of the family circle, principally as they are carting their mother's coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, in order to bury her among her people. As the desires and fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular speech of the South, the author builds up an impression as epic as the old Testament, as earthly and comic as Chaucer, as American as HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
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.
As they transport their mother's coffin to her birthplace in Jackson, members of the Bundren family take it in turns to tell their different versions of events, revealing their very different relationships to the deceased. This is a model study of the often obsessive nature of family relationships - a unique mixture of Southern gothic and modernist psychological exploration. (Kirkus UK)
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Published: October 1999
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.2 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.19