As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

Book - 1957
Average Rating:
11
1
1
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c1957
ISBN: 9780375504525
0375504524
9780679732259
067973225X
Branch Call Number: FAULKNE
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 21 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

1
1aa
Nov 23, 2015

A rather difficult book to read; it requires several rereadings to understand due to the way the narrative unfolds through the use of a dozen or so characters, some of them really odd, like Vardaman, a retarded/crazy/mystic man. The heart of the book is Addie, the dead matriarch. Her segment of the narrative is helpful in understanding why things are happening and the style is weirdly mesmerizing. The mesmerizing/ mystic strain to some of the writing only peeps through in other parts, but in hers its pervasive. Sorting out the plot is the hardest aspect of the book for the reader.

r
re_discover
Jun 11, 2015

Despite being on many different top 100 reading lists, I found "As I Lay Dying" deeply lacking in character development.

j
joliebergman
Sep 03, 2014

I just couldn't take this one anymore. Had to stop half way. In fact, I am surprised by how much I couldn't take it anymore. I enjoy Southern Gothic, stream of conscious writing, classics, existentialism - so what's my problem? I wish I had a better answer than: Because I just didn’t like this one...and the introduction of such a large number of characters rubbed me a right wrong way. Yes it did.

s
SeattleSaul
Jul 08, 2014

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.

l
LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

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.

d
drok77
Apr 17, 2013

The narrator's voice is pretty terrible. It's so upbeat and flippant, which does not match the story at all.

v
vcc
Oct 01, 2011

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)

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.

g
GrumpyDave
Dec 05, 2010

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

a
alexy93
Aug 05, 2010

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

View All Comments

Summary

Add a Summary

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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.

Quotes

Add a Quote

r
re_discover
May 13, 2015

Darl: "When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in cedar trees smells. It has to set at least six hours, and be drunk from a gourd. Water should never be drunk from metal."

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors

Recommendations

  Loading...

Find it at SL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top