Faulkner’s Terrain

William Faulkner is either loved or loathed — I slouch toward the former, especially Absalom, Absalom! It’s utterly brilliant, one of those tour-de-forces.

“Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.”
― William FaulknerAbsalom, Absalom!

As I Lay Dying is also an incredible Faulkner novel, and perhaps one of his most accessible.

“My mother is a fish.”
― William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying

“Memory believes before knowing remembers.”
― William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying

Still, Absalom, Absalom! is to my mind his best.

“Read it if you like or don’t read it if you like. Because you make so little impression, you see. You get born and you try this and you don’t know why only you keep on trying it and you are born at the same time with a lot of other people, all mixed up with them, like trying to, having to, move your arms and legs with string only the same strings are hitched to all the other arms and legs and the others all trying and they don’t know why either except that the strings are all in one another’s way like five or six people all trying to make a rug on the same loom only each one wants to weave his own pattern into the rug; and it can’t matter, you know that, or the Ones that set up the loom would have arranged things a little better, and yet it must matter because you keep on trying and then all of a sudden it’s all over and all you have left is a block of stone with scratches on it provided there was someone to remember to have the marble scratched and set up or had time to, and it rains on it and then sun shines on it and after a while they don’t even remember the name and what the scratches were trying to tell, and it doesn’t matter. And so maybe if you could go to someone, the stranger the better, and give them something-a scrap of paper-something, anything, it not to mean anything in itself and them not even to read it or keep it, not even bother to throw it away or destroy it, at least it would be something just because it would have happened, be remembered even if only from passing from one hand to another, one mind to another, and it would be at least a scratch, something, something that might make a mark on something that was once for the reason that it can die someday, while the block of stone can’t be is because it never can become was because it can’t ever die or perish…”
― William FaulknerAbsalom, Absalom!

A new book provides a visual history of where Faulkner’s novels were brought to life.

A new book of photography brings the late author’s Mississippi homestead to life

Source: Get Lost in the Landscape that Inspired William Faulkner’s Greatest Novels