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The Unvanquished


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Amazon puts it best : In a series of episodes set during and after the American Civil War Faulkner profiles the people of the South - who might surrender but could never be vanquished. 


What's not clear from that is that the episodes are chapters in the book and the people of the South are the one family (Sartoris) and the lives they touch during the Civil War. Faulkner's prose is stunning as always, and I took my time reading this so that I could enjoy it for as long as possible. Generally speaking what you read about is how the women fared when their men were off fighting the war and Faulkner does mention that the women didn't get to decide to go to war nor did they decide to surrender but just had to deal with what the situation threw at them.  And naturally they coped very well. A story of black and white, rich and poor, women and children in a time and place that has elsewhere been described as Gone With the Wind.


Very recommended and not stream of consciousness 

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This was the first Faulkner they had us read in High School, I assume because it was "easier."   Faulkner was always pretty sympathetic to women who, as you say, didn't get to decide anything, but just had to cope with it.  As I've mentioned before, I don't think they teach Faulkner anymore in the schools here in the U.S., which is too bad.  


Still, it's not The Sound and the Fury.

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