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As I Lay Dying

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As I Lay Dying
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are Snopes, The Sound and the Fury, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories


One of William Faulkner’s finest novels, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren’s family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner’s imaginary South, one of literature’s great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. Along with a new Foreword by E. L. Doctorow, this edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.

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The members of a Southern family contribute their individual tribulations to this encompassing impression of rural poverty.

Blackwell North Amer
As I Lay Dying was originally published in 1930, and remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, it vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of the great invented landscapes in all of literature, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark.

Authors: Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
Statement of Responsibility: William Faulkner
Title: As I lay dying
the corrected text
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1985, c1930
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Issued also as an Oprah's Book Club 2005 summer selection
Copyright renewed 1957
LCCN: 90050261
ISBN: 0375504524
Branch Call Number: FIC F
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A difficult read but a worthy anodyne to the pablum that passes as good reading. Indeed, it could have been written in an easier-to-read expository form, but it is worth the effort. Even after reading notes on the book, one still has lingering questions, but that's how life itself has too. If nothing else, Faulkner may have been trying to tell us not to expect everything to make sense.

Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Faulkner's book of the Bundren family en route to bury Addie Bundren, their mother and wife, in her family cemetery at quite a distance from their home. At times humourous, this book is wonderful for character study; each chapter is a stream-of-consciousness of each character's thoughts, giving a total of fifteen different narrators. (July 2003)

Jan 08, 2011
  • wherethewildthymeblows rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book in my AP English class. I got a lot out of it and the class discussions, but I'm sure if I had read it on my own I would've quit part way through. Definitely some interesting characters and a lot of insight into the deep south culture. I don't think it was a waste of time, but I won't read it again and don't recommend it UNLESS you like this type of stream of consciousness book, then I'm sure you'll love it.

Dec 11, 2010
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

No. 35 - Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

Aug 05, 2010
  • alexy93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read before you lay dying:) very complex themes: loneliness & isolation, meaning of life, religion, poverty, etc.

May 28, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this story to be full of engaging and powerful moments, but I didn't get much out of its ending. Perhaps that is my fault and not Faulkner's...

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The Bundren family take the body of Addie, the family matriarch to the place she wished to be buried. Along the way each member tells their private thoughts about Addie.

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