Collected Stories

Collected Stories I m a failed poet Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first finds he can t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry And failing that only then does he take

  • Title: Collected Stories
  • Author: William Faulkner
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  • Page: 280
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  • I m a failed poet Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing William Faulkner Winner of the National Book AwardForty two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of mod I m a failed poet Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can t and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry And failing that, only then does he take up novel writing William Faulkner Winner of the National Book AwardForty two stories make up this magisterial collection by the writer who stands at the pinnacle of modern American fiction Compressing an epic expanse of vision into hard and wounding narratives, Faulkner s stories evoke the intimate textures of place, the deep strata of history and legend, and all the fear, brutality, and tenderness of the human condition These tales are set not only in Yoknapatawpha County, but in Beverly Hills and in France during World War I They are populated by such characters as the Faulknerian archetypes Flem Snopes and Quentin Compson, as well as by ordinary men and women who emerge so sharply and indelibly in these pages that they dwarf the protagonists of most novels.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 thes [...]

    3. 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.' [...]

    4. 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, more lush in language and maybe a little more contemplative/pondering. Whether those qualities are virtues or not all [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. "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 p [...]

    7. "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.

    8. Faulkner's stories are mostly sited in the Yoknapatawpha County mythology of his most famous novels, but they go farther afield, to other states, to the battlefields of the First World War, and to metaphysical planes not grounded in earthly geography. It's interesting to see how Bill's techniques and thematic concerns apply to places, people and things outside of the American South, especially in noting how similar their depictions are. He's an extremely articulate writer, almost unrivaled in th [...]

    9. I am recommending any Faulkner that contains "A Rose for Emily". My favorite story of all time, no competition. A must read. Read it aloud to someone, or a group, and get their reaction. Much better than watching the audience jump when you know (as a multiple time viewer) when the shark is coming in the movie Jaws, as an illustration. Wonderfully nuanced and written with such an eye for detail.

    10. I am currently in the middle of reading all of Faulkner’s fiction that concerns Yoknaptawpha County. I did not read the stories in this collection that concerned other subjects. I plan to one day return to read the WWI stories along with the novel “Pylon”. More than half of the stories collected here are about Yoknapatawpha County. A few were later reworked into the Snopes Trilogy. I would not suggest a beginning reader of Faulkner read the short stories. They are enhanced by a knowledge o [...]

    11. I could read "Carcassonne" a hundred times and never get tired of it. What I can't do is think about Faulkner for too long, because when I do it I feel like my head's going to burst with admiration. How natural his talent and genius feels when reading his prose, how effortlessly the stories flow out of him. Reading his stories, especially those set in his Yoknapatawpha, I feel like I'm not really reading a fictional work but rather that I'm witnessing through words something that actually happen [...]

    12. قصة الهنود الحمر و بعد وحده حلوات و البقية مملات و حجي عن الحرب العالمية الأولىهواي حجي عن الحرب العالمية الاولىكلش هوايكلشكلش.يعني كلش

    13. ||- هذه المجموعة القصصية معظمها يدور في حقبة الحرب العالمية الأولى وما بين الحربين، مكونّة من 6 قصص لفوكنر، وعلى ما يبدو أن كلمة قسمّت قصص فوكنر المختارة على 3 كتب لأن الكتاب الأصلي مكوّن من 42 قصة. الهالة التي جمعت القصص الستّة هنا -بالنسبة لي- ما الذي يحدث؟ ما المغزى من القصة؟ ب [...]

    14. William Faulkner was a great American novelist who said he wished he were a poet but settled, often, for short stories, which he called the most demanding and rewarding form of prose--this despite the fact that Light in August, Absolom, Absolom, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and several other novels flow with torrents of poetic prose and stand among the greatest novels written by anyone anywhere.Faulkner's Collected Stories, read in sequence, 900 pages of them on the button, do however [...]

    15. Parece haber una concepción generalizada del lector moderno sobre lo que un libro “clásico” es capaz de ofrecer en contraste con la literatura contemporánea. Es extraño, esa postura no es realmente irrespetuosa, en todo caso sería respetuosa de más, no menosprecia en el sentido común de la palabra, pero si distingue de una manera inadecuada.Para este lector un libro clásico no busca contar una buena historia, no busca crear un mundo verosímil y atractivo para explorar, no busca emoc [...]

    16. I'd give this book to an alien or foreign friends for insight into the Zeitgeist of the White South from the Civil to World Wars. Faulkner's style is amazing- terse dialogue accompanies narration blooming with poetic eloquence. The loose organization by theme and cast makes for an easy-to-handle tomography of culture. All the tradition and pride is conveyed by people of all stripes but basically one race. One thousand pages makes for interesting statistics: 42 stories and just a few pivot around [...]

    17. There are few writers as good as Faulkner, too few men who understand that line of ambivalence in the minds of all men and women. Faulkner's fiction is not something that you can easily label, a point on the map where you can put your finger. His fiction is the unease of the heart and soul. It moves far beyond the borders of the South. It is about time, place, and isolation. No one writes about the meaning of time better than Faulkner. No writer ever. It's beautiful fiction. It's absolutely hear [...]

    18. Recently I had to read some William Faulkner stories for school. I read "The Bear Hunt" "Mule in the Yard" and Red Leaves. "Mule in the Yard" was my favorite of the three, it was entertaining and funny at parts, pretty good overall. "The Bear Hunt" I also thought was a entertaing read, but a little grusom at parts but still enjoyable. The last one I read "Red Leaves" It was my least favorite of the three. The first part of it was done in a conversation between two people. I'm not a fan of that s [...]

    19. It took me 9 weeks, but I finally worked my way through each of the stories in this collection. My favorite, hands down, is Elly, which I read and re-read, read aloud to my husband, went online to look up background information, read again, made my friends read yeah, it was that good. Other stories here, however, were so very difficult to understand that I'm not sure I can say I actually read them, or merely read the words - one after another.

    20. التقاطه للتفاصيلتشبيهاته المتجددةسرده الممتعشعرت بالملل لارتباط جميع القصص تقريبا بالحرب العالمية الأولىلكن أسعى لقراءة أعماله الأخرى. وجهد المترجم واضح جدا.

    21. This review is probably not going to make me popular with any of my friends who are fans of classic literature. I really had to plod through this off and on for a period of over a year while I read other things, too. Out of the "big three" Nobel winning 20th Century American authors- I truly love Steinbeck, Hemingway has some moments of brilliance (not in every work, mind you), but I've read enough Faulkner to know that I just truly don't care for his writing. With the exception of the short sto [...]

    22. A Justice by William FaulknerAmerican Writers and their impact Spoiler alert: I write more about Faulkner, than about the story, which I barely mention…d then about his influence and the American writers that I love.Killings, slavery, cock fights over a wife, simple talk, treachery, niggers- for this was the way they talked back then- you would say this is the story of evil and a lousy read at that.You’d be wrong!This is a marvelous story, which in some weird manner reminds me of the Romania [...]

    23. In the future, I will refer to this as my 900 page mistake. I thought I knew Faulkner's work fairly well. I've read 'The Sound and the Fury,' 'As I Lay Dying,' 'The Bear,' 'The Hamlet,' 'Light in August' and 'Absalom, Absalom!' I had also read 'A Rose for Miss Emily' and 'Barn Burning.' It turns out that those two are the only stories in this collection worth reading. I don't even know where to start. Too often I just felt completely at sea in a narrative that didn't seem to have any sense of di [...]

    24. Five stars for the stories about the south. I would have appreciated a seeing a year of composition shown for each of the short stories. They are organized primarily by locale, so that there is no convenient way to track the author's changes of style over time. Some stories seem dated beyond the historical value of that. None use his stream-of-consciousness style, an asset in my view.According to , with some of his Nobel Prize award Faulkner established funds to support new fiction writers and t [...]

    25. I've been picking away at this off and on when I finished other books, and have come to just have to admit that I have to stop buying complete collections of works as introduction to authors. I get tired of their writing and probably enjoy it much less than if I simply purchased in smaller collections rather than entire spans of careers.

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