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Initial Assessment (Do Not Read if You Haven't Finished the Book!)

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gotta get this down while i remember.....finished it a few days ago..

excellent book, i was involved from start to finish....faulkner uses the multiple narrator technique to build suspense by teasing with incomplete information, providing differing perspectives of the same scene thus giving a more complete feel/sense, and building sub-plots throughout the book....

a couple thoughts:

...is anse really the villain here? if one believes he went to jefferson to get teeth or a new wife, i'd say yes, but he didn't know dewey dell had the money....so really all he was was a guy doing what he thought was right by addie....taking a new wife (at least i think that's what he did) at the end only seemed a natural thing for him to do....yes, he didn't stay with the wagon at the ford, but i'm not really sure how much his hump impeded him, although one would think not as much as cash...

...is jewel really the hero...someone alluded to that in an earlier thread, but what did he do redeeming, other than making good on anse's promise of his horse...but other than that, he seemed an unwilling participant in the journey....maybe he knew it was futile and nonsensical, but he was never a real family guy, was he? his mother was a horse, after all.....

....which leads to vardaman, who cued me in to jewel's mother being a horse, if so, then jewel's mother wasn't his mother? the cue that jewel was not a family guy, but just putting in time? if this is all true, why was vardaman's mother a fish, though? flopping in the sun, getting killed, maybe?

....darl i think is the real hero (anti-hero)....everyone thought him dim, but i think this is because he was so different, he was perceived as not being 'streetsmart' so to speak....he and his thinking were foreign to them.....the chapters he narrates show his grammar/language to be much more in-depth than even the doctor.....yes, he set fire to the barn...but this could have been because the insanity of it all finally got to him.....lastly, there are two or three chapters he narrates when HE WASN"T EVEN THERE....i can't figure that out...what does his narrating his mother's death scene when he wasn't there mean?


at any rate, a wholly entertaining read and a fine novel.....i will definitely read more faulkner....

...lookign forward to others' thoughts....