Three Famous Short Novels Author:William Faulkner In this book are three different approaches to Faulkner, each of them highly entertaining as well as representative of his work as a whole. 'Spotted Horses' is a hilarious account of a horse auction, and pits the "cold practicality" of women against the boyish folly of men. The law comes in to settle the dispute cause by the sale of "wild" horse... more »s, and finds itself up against a formidable opponent, Mrs. Tull.
"Old Man" is something of an adventure story. When a flood ravages the countryside of the lower Mississippi, a convict finds himself adrift with a pregnant woman. His one aim is to return the woman to safety and himself to prison, where he can be free of women. In order to do this, he fights alligators and snakes, as well as the urge to be trapped once again by a woman.
Perhaps one of the best known of Faulkner's shorter works, "The Bear" is the story of a boy's coming to terms with the adult world. By learning how to hunt, the boy is taught the real meaning of pride and humility and courage, virtues that Faulkner feared would be almost impossible to learn with the destruction of the wilderness.« less