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writer. Created a universe, in which there is a strong inter-relatedness between families and community
in his different novels. He wrote books about characters that were stuck in patterns of thought and
behavior, often to the point of grotesqueness. The self destructive behavior of the characters often begs
questions that lead to the main points of the novel. Faulkners novels vary from the more simplistic and
sentimental later novels, such as The Reivers, and Intruders in the Dust; to interrelated novels about
evolution of a small community, such as The Mansion, the Hamlet, and the Town; to more cutting edge novels
featuring avante garde stylings, such as The Sound and the Fury and Absolom, Absolom!.
of the Faulkner are shifting narrators, stream of consciousness narration, and shifting forward and back in
time as the stories are told.
Two of my
favorites that give a good starting point for Faulkner's works are Light in August, and As I Lay
Faulkner's works can be difficult to understand. However, their complexity also makes for very fun and
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