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Summary Selected Short Stories

Aulkner's In A Rose for Emily the 1st of his stories to appear in a national magazine a straightforward neighborly narrator relates a tale of love betrayal murder and implied necrophilia The vicious Snopes family of The Hamlet trilogy turns up in Barn Burning '38 about a son's response to the activities of his arsonist father Other inhabitants of Yokn As a writer and a native of Oxford Mississippi I m expected and reuired to respect and laud the work of William Faulkner I found the short stories in this collection to be uniue remarkable for their time and utterly tedious I read Faulkner for the same reason I brush my teeth at 300 in the morning after returning from a boozy bender on The Suare I know I should do it for the sake of conforming to community standards but I d rather just go to bed Bless his heart that Faulkner For years we treated him like the town drunk that he was Then the French declared him to be a literary genius and with smiles on our faces and pride in our hearts we built him a statue right next to the town courthouse It s a regal and generous effigy I don t know why the French liked him so much I m young and have unrefined taste and no valuable perspective on the man s contributions to Words on Pages about Imagined Things But I know why Oxford Mississippi likes him When William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize and the Pullitzer prize it didn t just mean that he was a great and successful man It meant that one of us could be a great and successful man What was he other than a product of our mutually shared environment Yes those prizes were validation of a man s life work but they were also validation of us Mississippians the least respected state in our proud nation Today in Oxford it s not reuired for students attending the University of Mississippi which the town is built around to read Faulkner s work but it is reuired that at least once before graduation you sneak out to the Confederate cemetery with friends and take a shot of whiskey on Faulkner s grave Then you leave the bottle and eventually either the local prison s trustees or the ghosts of southern gothic literature clean it up I don t know what that says about this book I gave it four stars because it s a well put together hardback collection but I wish it featured some commentary from an expert

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Selected Short Stories

Apatawpha County appearing here include Jason and Caddy Compson childish witnesses to the terror of the pregnant black laundress in That Evening Sun '30 who fears that her lover will murder herContainsBarn Burning Two Soldiers A Rose For EmilyDry September That Evening SunRed LeavesLo TurnaboutHonor There Was a ueenMountain VictoryBeyond Race at Morni Reading parsing and internalizing many of these complex stories involved for me a lot of work The powerful representation of southern social and racial hierarchies in several stories Dry September Red Leaves There Was a ueen That Evening Sun Mountain Victory was difficult to confront Among my favorites were Two Soldiers and Race at Morning which explored human experiences with remarkable sensitivity

William Faulkner ↠ 8 review

Faulkner was a master of the short story Most of the stories in this collection are drawn from the greatest period in his writing life the 15 or so years beginning in 1929 when he published The Sound and the Fury They deal with many of the themes found in the novels and with the subjects and characters of small town Mississippi life that are uniuely F A great introduction to Faulkner s genius He deserves his reputation It is sad that recognition came to him so late after working so long on many books poems and screenplays One has to admire his persistence but then perhaps writing for its own sake must have been all that mattered or nearly all Faulkner s short stories are powerful raising the senses Original in style and prose Wonderfully descriptive of varied people situations and places He puts us in the mind of a boy effortlessly in two stories and gives us the unmistakable flavor of southern culture in times gone by Like Joyce s Dubliners I ll be reading these short stories again They are instructive


10 thoughts on “Selected Short Stories

  1. says:

    Everything by Faulkner in his prime is amazing but That Evening Sun sometimes titled That Evening Sun Gone Down is one of my favorites It's shot through with visceral imagery that comes from some place other than the conscious mind and works on the reader's mind in the same way It's also one of the best evocations of a child's consciousness that I've ever read meaning it's not just sentimentally innocent but disorienting

  2. says:

    A great introduction to Faulkner’s genius He deserves his reputation It is sad that recognition came to him so late afte

  3. says:

    I was very disappointed with this collection of short stories I have not read any of Faulkner's novels and thought this might be a great way to sample the works of a literary legendWell if this is representative of his novel length works than I'm just as happy to go to my grave a Faulkner virginI am surprised this collection averaged over four stars Then I went back and read some of the reviews Many people who wrote re

  4. says:

    As a writer and a native of Oxford Mississippi I'm expected and reuired to respect and laud the work of William F

  5. says:

    I like his stories about death the best

  6. says:

    This is front loaded with the best stories with the harshest and most radical “Barn Burning” followed by the sweetest and most conventional “Two Soldiers” These two and the other three of the first five “A Rose for Emily” “Dry September” and “That Evening Sun” are my favorites Of the rest the

  7. says:

    Finished reading Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner this evening a book I started last fall—I’ve been reading one or two between other books since then I was determined to mark it as read this year As with any compilation of short stories I liked some better than others Two I had read years ago in school “Barn Burning” and one of my favorite short stories “A Rose for Emily” which I still like One o

  8. says:

    Reading parsing and internalizing many of these complex stories involved for me a lot of work The powerful representation of southern social and racial hierarchies in several stories Dry September Red Leaves There Was a ueen That Evening Sun Mountain Victory was difficult to confront Among my favorites were Two Soldiers and Race at Morning which explored human experiences with remarkable sensitivity

  9. says:

    Good if seemingly random selection of Faulkner short stories If you like Faulkner you'll appreciate them If not things like unreliable narrators shifts in perspective and just Faulkner's general hey reader you're smart figure this story out from what I'm giving you attitude will probably put you offThere's the obligatory Sartoris story has anyone put all these together in chronological order somewhere Could

  10. says:

    I don't remember having read any Faulkner before I've certainly never read one of his books but I might have read one or two of his short stories along the way This was interesting; interesting enough to make me

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