As I Lay Dying Author:William Faulkner As I Lay Dying is the harrowing, darkly comic tale of the Bundren family's trek across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother, in the town of her choice. The story is told by each family member -- including Addie herself. — Faulkner's use of multiple viewpoints to reveal the inner psychological make-up of the characters is one of the no... more »vel's chief charms.
At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member ? including Addie ? and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.« less
The Market's bargain prices are even better for Paperbackswap club members!
Retail Price:$14.00 Buy New (Paperback): $11.69 (save 16%) or Become a PBS member and pay $7.79+1 PBS book credit (save 44%)
There is no way around the fact that Faulkner is hard to read. However, this is one of his more enjoyable books. It is humorous even though the subject matter is so disturbing. Personally, Varderman is the most intriguing character. No one cares enough to explain to him the situation surrounding his mother's death, so while his conclusion that his mother is a fish is disturbing, it still remains humorous.
This was my first attempt at Faulkner. Somehow I managed to go through my entire undergraduate degree in English without so much as glancing at a Faulkner book. I was neither surprised nor disappointed in this book, it was about what I expected. It takes awhile to get in to the vernacular, but the story is interesting enough to get you through. All-in-all a worthy classic but by no means a "fun" read.