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The author of the book: William Faulkner
Date of issue: May 12th 1975
ISBN 13: 9780394714127
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 435 KB
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William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, the first of four sons of Murry Cuthbert Falkner and Maud Butler. He had three younger brothers: Murry Charles "Jack" Falkner, author John Faulkner, and Dean Swift Faulkner. Soon after his first birthday, his family moved to Ripley, Mississippi. On September 21, 1902, the Falkner family settled in Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his life. His family, particularly his mother Maud, his maternal grandmother Lelia Butler, and Caroline "Callie" Barr (the black woman who raised him from infancy) crucially influenced the development of Faulkner's artistic imagination. Both his mother and grandmother were avid readers and also painters and photographers, educating him in visual language, and thank you Wikipedia for all of this personal history that doesn't have a whole lot to do with this review. Faulkner is all about the history and context of a person, and in Requiem for a Nun, of a place. It is a curious book in that at least half of it is an absorbing faux-history lesson - one that doesn't have a whole lot to do with what the book is supposedly about. So what is the point of Requiem? It appears to be a continuation of Temple Drake's story from Sanctuary, in play form. Like so:Temple Drake, wringing her hands, her voice on the edge of hysteria:
"I-I-I am still an empty vessel, now a walking symbol of a life not being lived, of selfishness and self-denial and just plain denial-denial, oh woe is me! My dead eyes refuse to cry but my angst smolders and burns!"
Nancy, resolute and vaguely saintly:
"I am Temple's black servant and I shall die for her sins! It is what I have been placed in this story to do! My spirituality and my checkered past and my willingness to sacrifice myself for some sad, trifling white woman illustrates my innate saintliness! Also, I murdered Temple's baby because sometime you have to kill an infant so that a wife can be forced to stay with her husband and not run off like some slattern! Hallelujah, oh glory be! Off I go to die! Praise Jesus!"
Temple Drake, nervously tapping her foot, her eyes darting here and there:
"Farewell, saintly black woman! You die so that I shall live! And that's not messed up at all, no way, not one little bit! I'm sorry, what was your name again?"
"Both of you are dreadfully tedious and so I find myself being endlessly distracted when trying to make something meaningful out of your so-called lives. I think I shall write more about the history and context of a certain place because why not, I'm motherfuckin' Faulkner and I do what I wanna do!"The language that Faulkner uses to describe the history and context of this certain place is gorgeous. Swooningly beautiful in that classic, often hypnotic Faulkner way, full of these gloriously long, long, looooong sentences; writing that is subtle and ironic and often a deadpan sort of humorous - my favorite. Style to die for, which is a rare and wonderful thing when reading history. I could get lost in that kind of prose, and I often did. Lost in the best sort of way. I often forgot that this book was supposed to be about irritating, useless Temple Drake... and apparently Faulkner did too.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Faulkner has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature. Faulkner was influenced by the european modernism, and employed the Stream of consciousness in several of his novels.
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