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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1949 was awarded to William Faulkner "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel".

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Absalom, Absalom!

What seems to be a headache becomes a story that comes together. Yet as the story comes together the very style that limits your speed becomes the worthiest embrace to the story. You then realize, a style must be apt for the story and the story for the style. Its an astounding thing to realize in the midst of reading.
/Bryan Lovo, United States
It is work of someone who is a master of the word, telling a story (or stories) that echo long past the initial reading, compelling this reader to go on and write as well, and to one day stand where he stood, though not in the way he did, but through my own "travail".
/R., Japan
When I first read "Absalom, Absalom", it leaved me enormous entity of human nature and refused any kind of critics. I can't explain what this novel is, and because of that, I can say this is one of the most greatest masterpiece.
/Haruka Miyazawa, Japan
Because it is a tragedy and deals with human sacrifice, dignity, endurance and courage. William Faulkner is the best writer who enlightens human soul and furnish the most appreciated treasury to mankind: resistance, endurance, heroism.
/César Dávila, Argentina
The fluency of the narrative in spite of the complexities of the story and the changes of perspective.
/Maria José Herrera, Spain
Well, I actually just began it today, but I love the way in which the story of Sutpen is told. The narration fluidly switches from one character to another, while still telling the same fascinating story. I can't put the book down.
/David Simins, United States
A story about stories being turned inside out. What exactly did happen at Sutpens Hundred? You never know for sure ...
/Thomas Hallock, United States

As I Lay Dying

Incredible style, seminal work.
/Başar Atıcı, Turkey
I like the style this book is written in and the way Faulkner designed the characters. I can't wait to read more books by Faulkner.
/Jessica Shanken, United States
Faulkner gives us the multiple facets of what we call "reality". His different characters and their inner worlds make us aware that "truth" is not a singular quality which is told, grasped, felt the same by everyone. I can safely say that "My mother is a fish" is one of the most striking sentences of the world literature. Faulkner's simplicity and his kinship with words makes the text three (or more) layered. Each character, each chapter craves to be deciphered by the reader's circumspection, devotion to the text. Text itself is a journey not a destination.
/Burcu Halaç, Turkey
I had attempted to read 'As I Lay Dying' in my younger days only to abandon it half way quite a number of times, angry with Mr. Faulkner for his utter disregard for the grammatical sentence and the reader. The language, - indeed in American English dialect - was chiefly of the mind, incoherent, unrehearsed and random, and quite beyond my literary intellect which was nurtured on the realistic narratives of Dickens, Gorky, Hugo, Steinbeck, London, Orwell, Hardy etc. Today at my mature age, the book happens to be one of my five favourites, and especially so for the very traits which made it so indigestible in my earlier years. Written in the half-language, so to say, of rural characters of American Deep South, the book intends to depict the inadequacy of written words (of any language) to depict in full the intense feelings of crisis and motivation that lurks within its characters. The words are now poetic, now existentialistic, now matter-of-fact, now raw and earthy, but generally incoherent and often overwhelms the narrative track. The language perplexes yet the intensity of the feelings they describe prevails. Mr. Faulkner challenges the reader to read till the end and compels him to make whatever he can out of the book. He creates the creative reader out of us. Added to this are biblical myths like: Flood, Hell-fire, Adultery, Incest, Redemption etc - all undertoned aspects enacted in the lives of the characters very subtly. This book has influenced the first book of Mr. Marquez 'Leaf Storm' - and I do believe that Mr. Faulkner will continue to influence future generations of writers of all languages and countries for ever.
/Soumitra Lahiri, Iran
Because it tells the story of the same moments from many different perspectives and how the same moments can be perceived by people with a certain mindset.
/Anouk Aimee, France
The epic, almost biblical quality of the interior monologues fascinated me. Great characters, some you love, some you hate, but either way, you'll remember Carl and Addie and Jewel when it's all said and done.
/Jonathan May, United States
Lying on the outskirts of Yoknapatawpha County are my personal favorite family, the Bundrens. The process by which they haul their mother Addie's corpse to Jefferson for burial allows us a look into each character. Everyone single character is someone we can identify with in real life, and more often than not is a part of ourselves we can understand. Just a phenomenal book.
/Raj Atri, United States

Go Down, Moses and Other Stories

Magic.
/Pablo, Spain
I like this book because it talks all about bible stories.
/Angie, United States
It's magnificent.
/Mikhail Nazarenko, Ukraine

Light in August

Because anything Faulkner wrote lives forever in one's soul upon first reading. He is the consumate self-taught tortured genius, and it comes across on every page, but this novel has the added benefit of being more clear and accessible than his other masterworks.
/Luis M. Luque, United States
One of the most perfect books I have read in my whole life, not only in means of how the story evolves and ends, but also in meanings of language, prose, characters and descriptions. Just one of my favorites, and maybe Faulkner's best.
/Santiago C. Bullard, Peru

Sanctuary

Chilling to say the least. Unmasks the cruelties of a mans psyche.
/Mathias Fridemark, Sweden

Sartoris

Faulkner is, for my reader experience, the fundamental stone of narrative. Sartoris is the beginning - not in a cronological way - of everything.
/Aejandro Caballero Salas, Chile

The Complete Works of William Faulkner

After TS Eliot (1948), the next Nobel Laureate in Literature happens to be William Faulkner- the 4th American to receive this honor in 1949. Dull at studies, weakest in English, he gave up studies after high school. A brilliant writer; Faulkner has been the most imitated author in 1920,s. I like and recommend his " Complete Works" because it is not easy to single out one particular book from Faulkner's ocean of pearls. William Faulkner will always be remembered in modern American fiction as the creator of 'Yoknapatawpha County' Mississippi. A figment of Faulkner's fertile imagination, Yoknapatawpha county has an area of 2400 square miles and a population of 15,611 persons. Faulkner has transcribed the geography, the history and the people of northern Mississippi and he has transmuted them. MATCHLESS!
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
Faulkner's works at a whole reflect a light into the souls of a people who have become disillusioned. His work transcends a look into the hearts of the Ante-bellum Southerners and becomes a deeply acknowledged weight for anyone who has ever relied on myth or story to overcome the reality surrounding them. Anyone who has ever been haunted by the past will recognize the joys and sufferings of Faulkner's characters.
/Karen Durbin, United States

The Sound and the Fury

I like it because Faulkner greatly exercised his power as one of the best and the most innovative writers in the world. Aside from his magnificent stream-of-consciousness style (he used this style better than Joyce and Woolf), the theme is very rare and astounding. Also, he wrote his so called 'human experience which did not exist before.' Faulkner serves as my personal writing tutor in my writing career and his literary legacies will always be engraved in my heart and my literary heart.
/Ricris R. Plazaras, Philippines
It shows us the inner life of a southern family from different points of view.
/Francesc Martinez, Spain
Never have I been so dictated by a swell that was as translucent to the actual - pace - of - what reality ever so minutely shrouded the autonomy of a novel: The plights of real connexion.
/Angus Mitchell, Australia
It depicts the resurgent nature in human affair, the struggle to uphold one's dignity in the midst of tribulations. First, one reads about the disintegration of a family after the death of the head, after the American Civil War. The center could not hold, crises began, frustration and death accompanies. I think, it is more concrete than the sullen compression in leaflets. Besides, Williams Nobel Speech, shows how matured he is ,transcending from his famous setting of Yoknapatawpha, to Stockholm, giving the best speech in Nobel history.
/Joseph, Nigeria
It is a work of tremendous technical craft of words and narrative and has haunting characters and such soul. Its beauty and skill reveals itself more thoroughly with each read.
/Jill, United States
The book introduces the reader to "something new" in literature, the almost dispensation of plot in favor of the exploration of the fluidity of time and memory. It articulates the grief of the Compson family, while at the same time acknowledging that there is no recovery from that grief. The book is also a masterpiece of symbolism and foreshadowing. To read this book is to read something strange, beautiful, and terrible, all at the same time. There is no other book like it.
/Gabrielle Renoir-Large, United States
I like that different parts of books are written differently and that brothers see Caddy differently. Their vision of Caddy is their vision of life, world, etc.
/Tam Sub, Georgia
The startling clarity in which I saw his world. The way he used language that mirrored my own stream of thoughts. Beautiful just beautiful.
/Mai, United States
I believe in destiny, so far as it applies to books and the reading of them. I have never picked up a book and read it all the way through without feeling like it applied to my life in its current state, somehow I can always tell within the first 3 pages whether or not this particular book is the book I should be reading right now. I had probably picked up 'The Sound and the Fury' 5 or 6 times over the course of my short life, during Middle School, High School, College, and finally during Graduate School when I actually read it. I'm no stranger to stream of consciousness writing, I enjoyed 'Ulysses' immensely, but in Faulkner's novel I felt the words and thoughts pulled through me, affecting me, pulling sympathy and empathy from within. The novel was written a long time ago comparative to this time in which I live and identify with, and I live far enough from Faulkner's South that many of the images I conjure of the landscape are stereotypical in origin, but the universal truths that I felt present in the writing and in the landscape affected me deeply, even more so having recently re-read the origin passage from which the title resulted. Like many great works of literature that affect and effect us it is difficult to put into words why they continue to tug at our soul and beg for re-reading. While this passage I have just written hardly counts as a gushing review of a novel, I hope I have conveyed my awe and wonder at Faulkner's writing, not relegated solely to the novel in question, but to the whole of his works.
/Graham Dethmers, United States
Vigorously attacks subject matter from all angles at once.
/Simon King, United Kingdom
This stream of consciouness style creates an atmosphere relevant to the plot ... and the plot is superb, the underbelly of the American Experience is tragically but beautifully exemplified in this novel, and Faulker's brushstokes create a portrait of some unforgettable characters ... a landmark in the history of Am. Lit, both in form and substance.
/Joanne Theodorou, United States
I like this book because of Faulkner's style of italicized stream of consciousness and the way he seeks the nature of man through characters seemingly inferior in thought and intellect.
/James Quaite, United States
Truly masterful understanding of the human condition.
/Ken Harold, Canada
I would recommend it for the underlying psychological motivations of the characters in what seems to be a story of just another dysfunctional family ... and for Faulkner's originality with regard to his style of prose ... Faulkner is a true original amongst originals!
/Nisha, Kuwait
Of all the great American literature, Faulkner's tale is of pain and suffering - and the endurance of the human spirit. Its complexity is only rivaled by its utter honesty and though it speaks from a point in the American past, I believe it may be read universally in the human soul.
/John Danchisko, United States
I'm certain it's been said before; Faulkner did for literature what Picasso did for art: he turned it inside out and allowed the reader/viewer see the whole from every angle.
/Kelly B. Hoots, United States
Other authors may give a moderately accurate view of their characters through first or third person perspective, but Faulkner steps beyond such mere records of events and steps into the souls of his characters, bringing them further into existence than any others I have yet experienced.
/Elliot Milco, United States
It is the best ever-written passionate book based on the stream of consciousness technique 'developed' by Faulkner. Reading becomes more of a walk into the characters' minds and feelings with the events blended and stretched in time and space.
/Anna Gavrilova, Russia

The Wild Palms

This gets to the heart of life and death, like most of his books, but for me it is even more courageous. The scene with the convict and the pregnant woman on the flooded river is extraordinary, thrilling, unforgettable.
/Sue, Australia
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