Collected Stories

Collected Stories Barn Burning Shingles For The Lord The Tall Men A Bear Hunt Two Soldiers Shall Not Perish A Rose For Emily Hair Centaur In Brass Dry September Death Drag Elly Uncle Willy Mule In The Yard That Will Be Fine That Evening Sun Red Leaves A Justice A Courtship Lo Ad Astra Victory Crevasse Turnabout All The Dead Pilots Wash Honor Dr Martino Fox Hunt Pennsylvania Station Artist At Home The Brooch My Grandmother Millard Golden Land There Was A Queen Mountain Victory Beyond Black Music The Leg Mistral Divorce In Naples Carcassonne

William 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 earl

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  1. says:

    In my experience, one does not become a reader of William Faulkner so much as a student of William Faulkner Reading his work is, well, a lot of work I m reminded of a person who is forced to attend an opera which is performed in a foreign language, in a historical setting, without the benefit of subtitles and the evening s program Faulkner s art is similarly inaccessible, and I must admit that his stories initially irritated me in the same way a fat lady in a Viking costume, screeching on a stage in a foreign language, might annoy our novice opera goer To this day, I still read Faulkner with a pen and paper in hand, diagramming character relationships and the chronology of events as if I were a trying to an answer a question on the LSAT More times that not, I find that I actually enjoy the second reading of his stories because I m not so busy trying to figure such basic elements as who is speaking to whom.While Faulkner doesn t write in Italian or German, he does like to make up his own English on occasion Before you read his novels or Collected Stories, I recommend that you become familiar, if you aren t already, with the words anathema, apotheosis, sibilant, and effluvium He loves those Also, please exercise extreme patience with his use of floating pronouns that is, pronouns without apparent antecedents especially in the opening pages of each story It might take a few thousand words for you to discover the person whom he or she refers to, if you re lucky Finally, consider interjecting your own punctuation in sentences that last for than a page or two Remember that rule about limiting a sentence to one or two ideas Neither does Faulkner Part of the fun about Faulkner, and I m not kidding, is figuring out what the hell is happening in the story it s seldom obvious He creates this challenge both purposely and unintentionally His stream of consciousness and nonlinear plotlines are, of course, intentional mystical effects But his lack of dialogue attribution and his inability to visually orient a scene tend to nonplus the reader Consider the opening of The Leg The boat it was a yawl boat with a patched weathered sail made two reaches below us while I sat with the sculls poised, watching her over my shoulder, and George clung to the pile, spouting Milton at Everbe Corinthia When it made the final tack I looked back at George But he was now but well into Comus second speech, his crooked face raised, and the afternoon bright on his close ruddy head Give way, George, I said But he held us stationary at the pile, his glazed hat lifted, spouting his fine and cadenced folly as though the lock, the Thames, time and all, belonged to him, while Sabrina or Hebe or Chloe or whatever name he happened to be calling Corinthia at the time with her dairy maid s complexion and her hair like mead poured in sunlight stood above us in one endless succession of neat print dresses, her hand on the lever and one eye on George and the other on the yawl, saying Yes, milord dutifully whenever George paused for a breath The yawl luffed and stood away the helmsman shouted for the lock Let go, George, I said But he clung to the pile in his fine and incongruous oblivion It goes without saying, then, that enjoying Faulkner isn t a passive activity, at least not on the first reading or diagramming Before tackling his Collected Stories a nine hundred page volume of veritable code you should be forewarned that all of his novels, except one, were out of print until he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 Such irony underscores the premise that most people don t read Faulkner so much as they study and appreciate him Or perhaps they study him before they read him I know I did I didn t truly enjoy Faulkner until I took a graduate class in which we slowly digested five of his novels The Sound and The Fury 1929 As I Lay Dying 1930 , Light in August 1932 Absalom, Absalom 1936 and Go Down Moses 1942.Collected Stories is comprised of forty two short stories In today s publishing world, I dare say than half of these short stories wouldn t have made the final cut Some of them, such as A Justice, Red Leaves, and A Courtship, might have worked better parceled together as a novella, since they focus on the same characters and story Others, quite simply, are poorly crafted with unrealistic dialogue in the sense that it replicates Fraulkner s southern gothic narrative style and not how people speak and too many characters, nameless and otherwise, for the medium of a short story, if not a novel It s like trying to conduct Mahler s 8th Symphony in a public restroom For example, his story Fox Hunt has no central character, yet there are several ancillary figures playing counterpoint to this nothingness, including the old dame, the boy, the white man, the youth, the older man, the woman, the man, the man at the bay My God, Faulkner, give me somebody I can care about.Yet there are stories that are exceptionally well done, too And while I don t think any modern reader with a cable and internet subscription would attempt this entire volume without either 1 Having a gun at his head, or 2 an English paper due, I suspect that many of these stories, if anthologized or reduced to a compendium, might win Faulkner a few converts I can safely recommend eleven of these stories 1 A Rose for Emily, 2 Dry September, 3 Victory, 4 The Evening Sun 5 Dr Martino 6 Artist at Home, 7 The Brooch 8 Golden Land 9 Crevasse, 10 Two Soldiers, and 11 Barn Burning Contrary to popular thought, not all of Faulkner s stories are set in the deep South Of this collection, one is actually set in Beverly Hills and several others are set in Europe during the World War I era What makes the above mentioned stories exceptional What, in other words, allows them to overcome the dead weight of than half of this volume to win the National Book Award For one, Faulkner illuminates the psychological and moral depth and the emotional and intellectual complexity of many people who were previously stereotyped and marginalized, such as African Americans and Native Americans, if not southerners in general, be they poor or wealthy That s an award winning service to America in and of itself Secondly, Faulkner s a damn good story teller when he doesn t let his writing get in the way He reminds me of so many tragic heroes who have such outstanding strengths and weaknesses that the effect is nearly bipolar, like going on a trip with Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde as your guide Consequently, I both love and hate Faulkner, depending on whether the genius can hold the monster at bay Sometimes the reader is mesmerized with phrases such as old women dropsical with good living or the iron silence of winter At other times he pulls along so many adjectives and clauses that the meaning of his run on sentence eventually derails whenever the plot takes a sharp turn For example But the man did not seem to notice this, so they soon were talking in undertone, watching with bright, alert, curious eyes the stiff, incongruous figure leaning a little forward on the stick, looking out a foul window beyond which there was nothing to see save an occasional shattered road and man high stump of shattered tree breaking small patches of tilled land whorled with apparent unreason about island of earth indicated by low signboards painted red, the islands inscrutable, desolate above the destruction which they wombed And that s one of the small ones Since some of Faulkner s sentences run the length of a short story, I m tempted to generalize that his rococo, serpentine style is of a liability in the short story medium than in long fiction I certainly enjoy his novels than his short stories Overall, Collected Stories has many gems, but you ll have to dig for them I think you ll enjoy the story about Emily Griersen, a pitiful anachronism in the New South You ll like the irony found in Victory, and the genteel evil of Dry September You ll fear Jesus, a man with a razor, in The Evening Sun, and marvel at the psychological grip of physically frail characters such as Dr Martino and Mrs Boyd Finally, you ll be touched by the bond of brothers in Two Soldiers as well as the moral dilemma faced by a young boy in Barn Burning.

  2. says:

    My opinion for whatever it is worth is that Faulkner was a much better short story writer than novelist The form put limits on his stream of consciousness techniques and forced him to keep the narratives moving, which he seems to struggle with in the longer form Stories like That Evening Sun , Barn Burning , Two Soldiers and its sequel, Shall Not Perish are as good as any I ve ever read There s also Dry September and the famous A Rose For Emily When I think of it, the reason these stories work so much better than his novels is that his style, with the cadence and razor sharp imagery of poetry, creates a dramatic tension that is probably impossible to sustain in a longer work.

  3. says:

    Faulkner is worth the extra effort Give me Faulkner over Hemingway and Fitzgerald any day.

  4. says:

    I m giving it up with Collected Stories after having read Red Leaves , which is about some Indians discussing whether to eat their Negro slaves This is too much for me I m afraid We were warned from the back cover synopsis In this extraordinary collection, Faulkner captures the bitter tensions of America s Deep South Faulkner s muscular, vivid prose lays bare the anguish of the land riven with violence and racial conflict, and the pathos, dignity and troubled history of its people If you imagine Huckleberry Finn living in the House of Usher and telling stories while the walls crumble about him, that will give you the double quality of Faulkner s work at its best All the stories are mostly unrelentingly depressing with no hint of joy or happiness, but that last one decided it for me The stories are all different, but all the same in a way I found it hard going with so much talking about niggers a lot of the time I think the writing is different to Faulkner s novels, which are demanding and have a cinematic structure which I like I love the novels I ve read so far and will not be discouraged from reading others I stopped reading at page 343.

  5. says:

    I ve been told Fitzgerald is the epitome of a short story writer After reading this book, I respectfully disagree The Chicago Tribune got it right when it said that There is not a story in this book which does not have elements of great fiction Even if I did not particularly like the story or understand it at first, it is impossible not see Faulkner s mastery of the craft Stories I liked Hair Dry September Reminded me so much of a twisted version of To Kill a Mockingbird I wondered if Harper Lee was in anyway influenced by this short story Elly That Will Be Fine The best use of a child narrator in this book That Evening Sun CREEPY Crevasse Turnabout All the Dead Pilots Wash Honor Although Mildred annoyed me, I still enjoyed the story Pennsylvania Station A backwards version of the American Dream Mountain Victory Beyond Found it twistedly funny Mistral Time to go find a collection of Fitzgerald s short stories and compare.

  6. says:

    I thought reading both Faulkner and Hemingway s collected stories in the first half of this year would help me pick one author over the other as a favorite It did not Both are brilliant Both wrote novels I adore Both wrote strong short stories, some of which are among the very best short stories written in the past century Still, they re very different Faulkner is tougher, lush in language and maybe a little contemplative pondering Whether those qualities are virtues or not all depends on your personality and mood.

  7. says:

    The Tall Men moved me to tears The Bear Hunt is hilarious, the combination Carcassone and The Black Music destroyed my every conception of what is artistically possible with the pen read them in this order and Carcassonne will befuddle you as an abstract matter created purely for artistic pleasure, then The Black Music will reassemble this same mass of abstract imagery into a completely coherent and vital spectacle of the singularity of human life In this you will experience the pure genius of Faulkner.

  8. says:

    Uncle Willy is the story I enjoyed the most It s about a small town morphine addicted pharmacy owner that some do gooders try to get clean I liked A Bear Hunt too I had a grandparents that spoke like the people in the country section of stories.

  9. says:

    For many years I read the novels of William Faulkner and both lamented and loved his deliberately obfuscatory prose I ve always admired someone who smiles in the face of all stolid conventions and tries to break out on his her own and find new ground.Well, he certainly did achieve that Faulkner once said that he was a failed poet and although I have yet to ready his poetry I somewhat understood what he meant through reading this book The way he writes can only work through his singular prose that s how I felt and instinctively thought that it might not work in verse The reverse is often true as well, as I have encountered many poets who have tried to write prose usually novels and have mostly been unsuccessful, with the occasional, sporadic all rounder genius popping up here and there As for his prose, I have come to feel that he is rather inconsistent He ranges from very dull, boring and opaque right up to the soaring heights of some of the most scintillating prose I have read My favorite story in this collection by far was the one called Mistral which is set in Italy during one of the World Wars It s beautifully written and Faulkner skilfully threads the story together like a master putting beads onto a string one by one to make a beautiful necklace There are a few other fantastic short stories here such as A Rose for Entity and Ad Astra just to name a few There are quite a few easily forgettable ones as well and some which will just leaving you scratching your head wondering what on earth old Willie was on about A word to the wise do NOT get this Kindle version It s HORRIBLE It is filled with typos and mistakes and incorrect fonts and stories mishmashed together, overlapping very confusing and very uncool I guess what can you expect when you only pay 108 yen incl tax for a digital book, right Due to lack of shelf space, I decided to just go with the Kindle version but realized that reading Faulkner properly requires a proper traditional book in front of you or at least a better Kindle version.All in all, if you are a Faulkner fan, you will probably love this as it features both difficult Faulkner and accessible Faulkner His favorite topics also appear Yoknapatawpha County, airplane barnstorming, WWI soldiers, wine and whiskey and women and you name it And even if you are like me, finding that you sometimes like Faulkner but other times don t, you will inevitable come across at least one or two amazing sentences in EACH story in this book, ones that will leave you breathless or having you go back and reread them to catch a glimpse of their beauty before they fade before your eyes Faulkner is a great writer and worth reading I just wished that he was a little consistent, a little less verbose and circulatory, and most of all wish that Kindle would put out a decent version of this book These things aside, it s definitely worth picking up a copy of this and if you can afford the price and space, get it in paperback and do yourself a favor, fill up a glass of warm whisky and bask in the glow of this legendary southern gothic writer.

  10. says:

    42 short stories, most range from 20 to 30 pages long giving each story time to develop and be satisfying, not a bad story here, all of them are worth reading and cover all of Faulkner s themes love, race, family, history, community 10 highlights are barn burning a rose for emily hair that will be fine that evening sun ad astra the brooch golden land mistral and the tall men

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