Addie's Revenge

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Addie's Revenge

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maaliskuu 22, 2010, 1:50 pm

I am new here having found the discussion through a comment on a blog post I wrote about my enjoyment of Faulkner. Not sure of the rules but I would love to discuss this book with anyone who has finished it. Here is a random thought:

AILD seems to me to be about Addie Bundren's revenge gone wrong. At first it seems like she succeeds almost to the point of destroying her family but in the end things slip naturally back into their place without a ripple.

maaliskuu 29, 2010, 5:04 am

Why has no one replied? Why isn't anyone talking Faulker as much?

Man, I shouldn't have neglected this group so much!

I don't know about's a valid view, but I kinda saw her revenge as complete. She hated all her family but the one "true" son, correct?

Remind me about his state at the end, I can't exactly recall his right now, but every other character ends up pretty badly, with the father's fate maybe arguable: he got another woman, and his teeth...but..........uhhh.....hmm. Girl was tricked and pregnant and raped, Cash's leg was cooked (ouch), the "smart" one was locked up as insane, &c.

Did things slip back into place for anyone else besides possibly the father?

maaliskuu 30, 2010, 11:32 pm

Damn right you shouldn't have neglected this group so much, College Boy! And now I hear you're headed for Alaska?! You best be takin' a laptop wi'chu or I'll turn this group singlehandedly into the "Nicholas Sparks Appreciation Site."

maaliskuu 31, 2010, 1:05 am

I'm gonna read it! I swear!

huhtikuu 4, 2010, 8:20 am

I started my re-read last week. The writing is so clear. He conveys so much so directly and simply but what he is conveying isn't simple.
These people are as poor in material things as you can be, but their inner lives are often rich and richly developed.

My copy is a Modern Library edition with my college Faulkner professor's name in it. He was a fairly well known Faulker/Wolfe scholar. I don't remember how it came into my possession, but I think he gave it to me - either that or it came to me after he died. This was his favorite one.

huhtikuu 14, 2010, 12:56 am

So far, she seems to have wrecked everything up pretty good for everyone by dying, but most of them seem like dicks anyway.