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Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner's title is an allusion to the biblical story in Samuel 2:13-18 in which Amnon, King David's oldest son, has incestuous relations (rape) with Tamar, his sister. Their brother, Absalom,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013 2:31 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

William Faulkner pushes the limit with the 'unreliable narrator' device in Absalom, Absalom! with not one, but four extremely unreliable narrators. The novel features four different perspectives...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 3:49 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner's novel is roughly based on the biblical story of David and Absalom. The background to this story is that King David arranged to have a close friend killed in battle so he can marry his...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021 1:20 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

This quote is said when Miss Rosa thinks back to her visit to Sutpen's Hundred that occurs in the narrative after Henry shot Charles Bon. Even though Clytie does her best to prevent Miss Rosa from...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 3:00 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

I wasn't able to find the actual sentence, but I found this in Absalom, Absalom's Wikipedia entry: The Guinness Book of World Records has an entry for what it claims is the longest proper sentence...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2007 6:15 am UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom! is a novel by William Faulkner (September 25, 1897–July 6, 1962), a Nobel-prize winning novelist from Mississippi. It was first published in 1936. As many of Faulkner's major...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019 7:20 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner had a strong background in traditional narrative and poetry from which he was encouraged to expand by Sherwood Anderson. With his background, Faulkner would have been at least familiar...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2012 10:51 am UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

Inside the fictional world of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! Jefferson, Mississippi is at the center of Yoknapatawpha County, a fictional county that Faulkener fashions after the pieces of...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 12:34 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

OK, I found it for you. It's on page 361 of the corrected text Modern Library edition. You can actually read some of the sentence online at Amazon, which has a search inside the book feature.

Latest answer posted February 2, 2007 2:30 am UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom! is a novel about the burden of history. Stating the purpose of the novel this way certainly simplifies the complex work somewhat, yet this theme is clearly the anchor of the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 11:03 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

What is so interesting about this complex classic from Faulkner is the way in which the life of Thomas Sutpen is told from the perspective of a number of different characters. Their retelling of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 1:26 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom!

"Absalom, Absalom!" is a detailed story about Thomas Sutpen, who moves to the south to gain wealth and power. He creates a plantation, gets married, and takes on slaves—eventually amassing all the...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019 6:20 pm UTC

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