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    If you're curious about the powers of William Faulkner but you're intimidated by his long loopy sentences and dense structures which is totally understandable then THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOUCowley's introduction elouent informative was praised as splendid by Faulkner himselfThe selections are generous form a larger social narrative are representative of his work in a larger context but can be read as separate peices all their own

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    I think I've read most of the stuff in here probably not all But the rating and review are specifically for The Bear which I read years ago and a second time at least much recently The Bear is a terrific long short story novella if you will which is very representative of Faulkner's writing in many ways the setting the language the stream of consciousness style in certain places the references to the history of his mythical Missis

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    This volume composed of short stories and full episodes from the novels by fan and critic Malcolm Cowley was apparently hel

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    Stories They endured

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    All of these stories and sections of novels are set in Yoknapatawpha County Faulkner's fictional creation in MississippiThe

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    Unlike most of the Viking Portables which are just an anthology of a particular author or group's work the Portable Faulkner actually serves a useful purpose As you probably know most of Faulkner's work takes place in the

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    I highly recommend Malcolm Cowley's slicing dicing and rearranging the highlights of Faulkner's works Faulkner himself was very impressed with his editor's vision of his works and said so This book is the best way to dive into Faulkne

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    This is a collection of stories from several novels and shorts set in Faulkner's brainchild of Yoknapatawpha County There are several stories some stand outs being The Courthouse Was A Rose for Emily and the The Bear The B

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    The best and worst of Faulkner You get the simple poignancy of the Compson family stories the spooky 'Southern Got

  10. says:

    The five stars are for Malcolm Cowley whose introductory comments were invaluable As for Faulkner himself I don't know what to say

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An South as a tragic legend of courage and cruelty gallantry and greed futile nobility and obscene crimes No. Unlike most of the Viking Portables which are just an anthology of a particular author or group s work the Portable Faulkner actually serves a useful purpose As you probably know most of Faulkner s work takes place in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County Mississippi and this volume collects stories and novel excerpts that give you a sense of the county s history and arranges them chronologically by the order in which they took place not by the order in which Faulkner wrote them If like me you ve only read his most famous novels you don t really get a sense the interconnectedness of his work and just how detailed and rich his fictional world is The specifics of the history and the important figures are spread kind of haphazardly through his oeuvre and having it organized here in a clear and understandable words you d rarely use to describe Faulkner way is very usefulThe other plus is that some of the material is really good It s got excerpts from some of his best novels The Sound and the Fury and Light In August and some excellent stories And then there s the rest of Faulkner s workRe reading this helped me realize two things That Faulkner was a writer who had a peak the aforementioned two novels plus As I Lay Dying and the rest of his work ranged from pretty good to uestionable and that he has a couple of fundamental problems as a writer He was inspired by Joyce to adopt the stream of consciousness and other modernist techniues but I m suspicious that he learned all the wrong lessons If you read Ulysses and you should eventually you ll realize that it s an incredibly carefully written book Even the sections where it seems like characters are just rambling on in vernacular were actually written with an almost OCD level of attention to detail Everything has significance and internal meaning The problem is I feel like Faulkner took that break from standard narration as license to write these never ending sentences that seem like they were written in one furious spurt with no attempt at editing These endless streams of declarative statements and thick Southern slang that aren t even really that aesthetically enjoyable instead it seems like he thinks he s got to get it all out there because he s talking about some serious and important shit man like he s writing this way to give it some artificial sense of urgency see also McCarthy Cormac and too often it descends into word vomit see part four of The Bear or basically all of Absalom Absalom And so many of the stories feel like they re constantly trying to hit you over the head with The Big Idea or the Super Meaningful Observation which lose some of their power when he does it basically non stopBut other times especially when he reins himself in or he s employing a legitimately interesting narrative device he can be pretty fantastic I also love minutia and so I really respect the amount of thought and planning that went into Yoknapatawpha County So anyway this book is essentially all of Faulkner in a microcosm the good and the bad It s very useful as an overview of his fictional world and probably a good read for those who want to get seriously into him The rest of us should stick with The Sound and the Fury As I Lay Dying and Light In Augustword suggested by a friend

summary The Portable Faulkner

The Portable Faulkner

Single volume better conveys the scope of Faulkner's vision than The Portable Faulkner Edited by Malcolm Cowl. This is a collection of stories from several novels and shorts set in Faulkner s brainchild of Yoknapatawpha County There are several stories some stand outs being The Courthouse Was A Rose for Emily and the The Bear The Bear in particular took my breath away This collection would be a great way for someone new to Faulkner to break into his sometimes dense writing style as the stories are collected from different sources and though ordered chronologically by setting not publishing date one can skip ahead or come back to which stories seem the most or least appealing Hint if you start with The Bear you will want to read

summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ William Faulkner

In prose of biblical grandeur and feverish intensity William Faulkner reconstructed the history of the Americ. This volume composed of short stories and full episodes from the novels by fan and critic Malcolm Cowley was apparently helpful to Faulkner s broader reception than any of his own individual novels This put Faulkner on the map with the normal reading public which means that all Faulkner criticism stems from Cowley s excellent notes in this book This is a very good book