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As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

Sorry to make this change, although it's only been up a few hours. It was mentioned to me that there might be some who find the close to 500 pages of A Light in August a bit much to get through with the Holidays and All. So we are instead reading the shorter, but just as well received, As I Lay Dying.

As I Lay Dying is a novel by the American author William Faulkner. Faulkner said that he wrote the novel in six weeks and that he did not change a word of it. Faulkner wrote it while working at a power plant, published it in 1930, and described it as a "tour-de-force." It is Faulkner's seventh novel and consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th century literature. The title derives from Book XI of Homer's The Odyssey, wherein Agamemnon speaks to Odysseus: "As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades."

The novel is known for its stream of consciousness writing technique, multiple narrators, and varying chapter lengths.

Routinely included in top 100 novels of all time lists, in roughly 300 pages and readily available.

See ya then.


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  • zena z.

    wonderful just like a good lit class only better.

    December 8, 2012

  • Aram S. O.

    Really good book discussion. Very interesting read. Lots of good contributors to the discussion.

    December 7, 2012

  • Carol P.

    Great discussion. I'll be glad to get some sleep and put the demons of my heritage back in a box for a little while.

    December 7, 2012

  • Aram S. O.

    It is _As I Lay Dying_. Yay! Been working thru _The Sound And The Fury_. So more Faulkner this month.

    November 12, 2012

  • Lucy

    Aw, man--this sounds great. Unfortunately, I have class Tues/Thurs evenings, but hopefully I'll catch the next meetup. Enjoy Faulkner!

    November 11, 2012

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