Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Absalom, Absalom!. It helps middle and high school students understand William Faulkner’s literary. Absalom! Absalom! is William Faulkner’s major work–his most important and ambitious contribution to American literature. In the dramatic texture of this story of. : ¡Absalón, Absalón! / Absalom, Absalom! (Spanish Edition) ( ): William Faulkner, Beatriz Florencia Nelson: Books.

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None of the narrators know exactly what happened. Refresh and try again. There are times when you don’t know who is talking and times when you don’t know who is being talked about.

A dirt poor man from wha A great writer William Faulkner was, winner of the Nobel Prizeyet not an easy read View all 10 comments.

Absalom, Absalom! Reader’s Guide

What are some of the ways in which time is disrupted in these works? Sutpen becomes an overseer on a Haitian plantation. Apparently, Faulkner was also not a huge fan of people—hovering, talking, wanting something—I can relate. The story is told entirely in flashbacks sbsalon mostly by Quentin Compson to his roommate at Harvard UniversityShreve, who frequently contributes his own suggestions and surmises.

He lays awake at night thinking about what he can do about it. Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years his senior.

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Best not to give away any more, other than to say the novel details the sordid rise and fall of the bizarre and mad Sutpen family and, allegorically, the South, and also that the title refers to King David’s beloved third son Absalom who rebelled against the Kingdom of Israel and was killed by David’s commander Joab. To what extent can people abdalon the truth about the past? Sutpen’s wife, Ellen, considers Bon to be Judith’s future husband. Three months later, when Rosa returns with medical help for Henry, Clytie mistakes them for law enforcement and starts a fire that consumes the plantation and kills Henry and herself.


Your asbalom on this journey is a cipher of a character named Quentin from a point in time 60 plus years later. From that moment forward, he sets in motion his grand design: His ambition and raulkner need for control bring about his ruin and the ruin of his family.

There ffaulkner moments when I felt I couldn’t take it anymore, when the carefully built puzzle added another basalon to the beautifully decorated and carefully furnished hellscape. He puts down a slave revolt. An enigmatic, nameless nightmare crawls silently out of the southern swamps and declares itself gentry.

Create reciprocal ACE blurbs. One lawyer colleague of mine has as his motto, “Perception is reality. History is an amalgam of documentation, memory, and the telling of it.

Henry and Bon join the University Grays formed at Oxford and head to war, with the belief that all the South held that defeat was impossible.

Maybe you cannot know when you first approach a novel to reread if it will live up to your recollection or sink like dead weight. More importantly, it is about the doubtful absslom of coming to know, reconstruct, and come to grips with history. The story is told with lots of repetitiousness because the narrators know a lot of the same information; and yet, from each storyteller is gleaned a few more nuggets because each person who is solicited for the story has a unique perspective and is in possession of different pieces of the life puzzle.

A dirt poor man from what will become West Virginia leaving his family at 14, traveling to find a better life walking mostly across southern states and arriving in the fictional sleepy hamlet of Jefferson, Mississippi in at the age of There is a submission to the narrative that must occur, similar, but much more difficult, to the submission required to get through the opening pages of As I Lay Dying, except that this one takes about pages to settle in fully, and instead of confusion, every moment of the reading is stunning and engaging up until that point, then after crossing into the rhythm and cadence and gaining fuller comprehension you are suddenly faulknet stuck with Quentin in the devastating heart of the Faullkner and Sutpen and Quentin and Caddy and the war and so many other pieces of this mosaic, this vast terrible mosaic Faulkner is finally able to fully articulate.


I would marry this book if our proud nation didn’t define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

There was something about hearing the rhythms of the characters’ speech which overcame the inherent difficulty of the long sentences and the complicated structure. After his plan to breed yet a third family with the sister of his dead wife fails, Sutpen impregnates the teenage daughter of a poor white man, who kills him with a scythe when he insults the girl because she has given birth to a daughter.

As a boy he was asked to deliver a message to a wealthy plantation owner in Virginia. View all 12 comments. From Sutpen, a line flowed to Rosa Colfield, who would be Sutpen’s sister-in-law.

Absalom, Absalom!

Have you ever looked at one of Picasso’s abstract females? Of course, a lot of this is still true most regions in India. Retrieved from ” https: Until I got to Absalom, Absalom! Sutpen had not known that Eulalia was of mixed race until after the marriage and birth of Charles, but when he found out that he had been deceived, he renounced the marriage as void and left his wife and child though leaving them his fortune as part of his own moral recompense.

Her voice would not cease, it would just vanish.

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