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As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (Modern Library)


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Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file. Although I am fifteen feet ahead of him, anyone watching us from the cottonhouse can see Jewel's frayed and broken straw hat a full head above my own.

The path runs straight as a plumb-line, worn smooth by feet and baked brick-hard by July, between the green rows of laidby cotton, to the cottonhouse in the center of the field, where it turns and circles the cottonhouse at four soft right angles and goes on across the field again, worn so by feet in fading precision.

The cottonhouse is of rough logs, from between which the chinking has long fallen. Square, with a broken roof set at a single pitch, it leans in empty and shimmering dilapidation in the sunlight, a single broad window in two opposite walls giving onto the approaches of the path. When we reach it I rum and follow the path which circles the house. jewel, fifteen feet behind me, looking straight ahead, steps in a single stride through the window. Still staring straight ahead, his pale eyes like wood set into his wooden face, he crosses the floor in four strides with the rigid gravity of a cigar store Indian dressed in patched overalls and endued with life from the hips down, and steps in a single stride through the opposite window and into the path again just as I come around the comer. In single file and five feet apart and jewel now in front, we go on up the path toward the foot of the bluff.

Tull's wagon stands beside the spring, hitched to the rail, the reins wrapped about the seat stanchion. In the wagon bed are two chairs. Jewel stops at the spring and takes the gourd from the willow branch and drinks. I pass him and mount the path, beginning to bear Cash's saw.

When I reach the top he has quit sawing. Standing in a litter of chips, he is fitting two of the boards together. Between the shadow spaces they are yellow as gold, like soft gold, bearing on their flanks in smooth undulations the marks of the adze blade: a good carpenter, Cash is. He holds the two planks on the trestle, fitted along the edges in a quarter of the finished box. He kneels and squints along the edge of them, then he lowers them and takes up the adze. A good carpenter.

Addie Bundren could not want a better one, a better box to lie in. it will give her confidence and comfort. I go on to the house, followed by the

Chuck. Chuck. Chuck.

of the adze

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sikoya, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by sikoya)
It is the story of Addie Bundren's death, and her family's search to honor her wish to bury her in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi. Faulkner's stream of consciousness style engages the reader.
Each chapter is narrated by a different character. I would highly recommend this book, as Faulkner's style grips you, and it's hard to put the book down once you get started.
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tryprz, July 18, 2007 (view all comments by tryprz)
I never ever wanted to read Faulkner again after I had read The Bear (yuk). And now, after having read As I lay dying (sigh, so beautiful), I still never want to read him again. You see, this story--so short, so cutting edge, so heavy, so funny and tragic, and so thick with things to think about--is so good. You won't believe that this tiny tale of a dysfunctional hillbilly family is as old as your granny yet has a narrative style as schizoid as your coolest punk rock buddy. How could I stand to ever read Faulkner again and possibly face a crushing disappointment?

Read it, all you avant garde wordsmiths, and bow down to a master!
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Faulkner, William
Modern Library
Doctorow, E. L.
New York
Domestic fiction
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Modern Library ed.
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Modern Library Hardcover
Modern Library 100 Best Novels
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7.52x5.02x.80 in. .69 lbs.

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