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  •  Faulkner's style is best in "Odor of Verbena" (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a story of a 20-something manchild, with a larger-than-life father who has fought with everyone he has partnered with (sometimes literally), who is thrust into the duty of avenging his larger-than-life father's murder.

    In this story, Faulkner's tendency to overwrite in florid purple prose is a match for the protagonist's frame of mind. He knows he must avenge his father, he knows he must do it himself, but he is afraid he does not have it in him to do it. The conclusion is definitely a surprise.

    (And, no, I wasn't attempting to write like Faulkner when I wrote that summary.)

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