BOOK CLUB POST - AS I LAY DYING (Book Mark This Post)
I figured I would start the Book Club Post - we should all bookmark this page or mark it as a favorite (whichever one your browser supports) and return here everytime we want to read about or post a message about AS I LAY DYING . Below are two links that will take you to sites featuring commentary on many of Faulkner's works. Both sites break down AS I LAY DYING pretty good so you may want to read carefully for fear of giving away some of the story. Once you have read a bit of the book, however, these sites will be helpful (I think) in helping to navigate the novel and they may spark some interesting discussions on this board.
Faulkner drafted AS I LAY DYING in six weeks while he was working the night shift at a power plant. He later said, "I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall." He clearly succeeded in what he set out to do: AS I LAY DYING is a work in which Faulkner's talent is fully within his control, and the result is one of the twentieth century's finest and most beloved novels.
Like the novel before it, The Sound and The Furyit is told in stream-of-conscious fashion by fifteen different speakers in some 59 chapters. In its depiction of the Bundren family's quest to Jefferson to bury their dead matriarch, Addie, among her "people," against the threats of flood and fire, the novel explores the nature of grieving, community, and family.
HAPPY READING!!!! I look forward to exploring the sad plight of the Bundren family with all of you.