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As I Lay Dying

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Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
As I Lay Dying
At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member--including Addie--and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life. As I Lay Dying is the harrowing, darkly comic tale of the Bundren family's trek across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother, as told by each of the family members--including Addie herself.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990
Edition: 1st Vintage international ed
ISBN: 067973225X
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC F
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 21 cm.


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Ms. Oates on Faulkner - "The other writer I sort of became infatuated with in high school or after high school is Faulkner. Faulkner is the antithesis of Hemingway. When you read Hemingway you are not aware of American History at all. Whereas with Faulkner everything is history and he is in ... Read More »

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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.

Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A slow start, but momentum keeps building through the whole book and has you racing towards the end. There's a lot to untangle, but it's one of the most fantastic examples of classic literature that I've read.

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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