Title: As I Lay Dying
Authors: Faulkner, William
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 242
Year: 1930
Language: English
Description: Members of a Mississippi family tell their stories on the way to the funeral of their wife/mother. US.

Comments from Groups:

We found reading it humourous yet harrowing and exhausting.

Engendered a vigorous discussion. Points raised ranged from "genius" to "unreadable". Wellington 116.

A grim but impressive book... Timaru 013.

We all found this quite a challenge to get to grips with. A very powerful book but very "dark" with a tinge of black comedy. Dunedin 029.

Categories: Fiction, Classic, Literary, Short read, USA, America, Blind Foundation book


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By: MARTIN 003 2020-10-12 09:31:15
All but two members didn't like the book enough to finish it! One found it "memorable" because of the journey of the coffin. Everyone else found the dialect difficult and weren't interested in the allegories - a bit like an English studies read at school!

By: NELS 040 2020-04-09 13:59:17
This book caused much discussion. Some found it fascinating, others wondered why BDS still had it on the list!! And the answer lies in its fascination.

By: WELL 012 2020-04-09 13:57:15
All of us struggled to read this book but persisted, knowing that it is an American classic. Found the 'regional' speech hard. A powerful, vivid, BRUTAL book with many layers, threads and themes to explore. All are pleased we persisted. Best accompanying notes we have ever had. Lots of discussion. A provocative book with a deeply unattractive patriarch figure!

By: ROTO 011 2020-04-09 13:53:59
We all struggled to read this book - it is complex with challenging language. The notes that accompany the book were very helpful - we recommend reading these before - and after!

By: AUCK 189 2020-04-09 13:52:22
Most found it a "difficult" read - interpreting what was being said and then understanding what it meant. One loved it.

By: WELL 001 2020-04-09 13:51:08
A very mixed reaction to the book. A number of people found it difficult, and one abandoned it. One member summarised the majority opinion best when she said, "I wanted to scream at the characters for the terrible decisions they made, but found myself laughing out loud at some of their escapades".

By: TAKA 002 2020-04-09 13:47:49
We were very impressed by the review by Tom Hutchins - a great help in explaining the book.

By: COROM 002 2020-04-09 13:46:34
Mixed reactions to this book, ranging from " Could not read", "Did not want to read", to "One of the best books I've read!" For those who persevered there were depths to delve, language to savour, ideas to absorb. We reckoned you needed to read it twice. The excellent notes were really appreciated, and helped so much with our understanding of this great literary experience. Very good discussion.

By: AUCK 172 2020-03-11 12:29:23
Difficult to get into but a very rewarding read on completion. Highly recommended.

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