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  •  "I think I'm going to be smitten"; perhaps so - (5+ / 0-)

    she cast more of a spell on me than I realized, until awhile after finishing the book. I am drowning in the richness of all the books I've read, and the books I'm still thirsty to taste.

    It's hard to measure how distinct and well-crafted a book is, when I read it almost thirty years ago. I was impressed with a few Somerset Maugham short story collections - that's really the entire review I have of his work, as far as my memory goes; except, I did read a few novels, and Of Human Bondage struck me most. But I think I never read Razor's Edge, and should.

    I'll do As I Lay Dying next spring. It may take me a few more Faulkners, before I get back to Absalom, Absalom! My sense is that Faulkner has serious ability and originality, but is uneven in the execution.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 08:51:15 PM PST

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    •  Smitten is the term I should have used (4+ / 0-)
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      to describe Faulkner's view of his own writing in Absalom .  I couldn't finish it because I couldn't help thinking that he was "showing off" rather than tending to his craft.  I had to keep reminding myself that this novel undoubtedly produced an entirely different reaction when it was published in 1936.  From the distant vantage point of 2013, it is perhaps too easy to pass judgment.   Many think this is the seminal novel of the South, but I wouldn't be among them.

      My reading of Maugham dates back several decades as well and I don't remember anything of the plots.  I did very much like  The Painted Veil and thought the movie was lovely.

      If you are going to drown, it might as well be in the richness of a good book.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sun Dec 08, 2013 at 09:07:49 PM PST

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