Title: As I Lay Dying
Author: William Faulkner (1897-1962)
First Published: 1930
My Edition: Vintage International Edition (seen at left)
Other Works Include: Soldiers' Pay (1926), The Sound and the Fury (1929), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), The Unvanquished (1938), Go Down, Moses (1942), Intruder in the Dust (1948), The Town (1957)
I have read this novel previously. Like Ethan Frome before it, this book was assigned in my AP Literature class when I was a senior in high school. I immediately fell in love with the style (stream-of-consciousness) and I loved the depth of the story. I felt that it spoke to me about some universal themes about death and grieving. When my grandfather passed away shortly after my graduation that year, this book helped me get through the process of grieving for him in a way that was meaningful to me.
I have always said that this is one of my all-time favorite books. I cherish it as I cherish childhood friends and I am really looking forward to rereading it again.
I have read a great deal of Faulkner's other works. I am reading three other novels of his for this project: The Sound and the Fury, A Light in August, and Absalom, Absalom! Of the three, I haven't read the last, but I am looking forward to it.
Faulkner is known for changing things up, and welcoming the stream-of-consciousness style. He also likes to focus on the dark, and somewhat morbid, side of life in the South. But I love him for his honest writing and ability to really capture the way his characters feel. I wish more people read Faulkner so I could share the love openly, but it seems like he is one of those writers we tend to forget about.
Have you read any Faulkner and did you enjoy it?