Soldiers' Pay by William Faulkner

Soldiers' Pay

byWilliam Faulkner

Kobo ebook | April 7, 2015

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William Faulkner's debut novel is a melodrama about World War I soldiers returning to a small town in Georgia, where the women they left behind struggle, like them, to put the pieces back together. Similar to all Faulkner's work, the structure is experimental, jumping around places and points-of-view, juxtaposing dialogue with parenthetical asides to relate unspoken thought processes, and in one chapter, attempting to sententiously capture the perspective of multiple characters at once, including the gossipy townspeople. 

Soldiers’ Pay speaks to the fledgling storyteller's auspicious brilliance, signalling tropes and themes Faulkner would explore more fully later on: like the mindset of the mentally incapacitated, the physical or psychological absence of pivotal characters, and the tense racial, religious, sexual, and moral undercurrents prevalent in the post-Civil War Deep South. Taken on its own terms, however, the book is above all a potent elegy to all that was lost in the war, on the battlefield and at home.

The man himself never stood taller than five feet, six inches tall, but in the realm of American literature, William Faulkner is a giant. More than simply a renowned Mississippi writer, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and short story writer is acclaimed throughout the world as one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, one who transformed his “postage stamp” of native soil into an apocryphal setting in which he explored, articulated, and challenged “the old verities and truths of the heart.” During what is generally considered his period of greatest artistic achievement, from The Sound and the Fury in 1929 to Go Down, Moses in 1942, Faulkner accomplished in a little over a decade more artistically than most writers accomplish over a lifetime of writing. It is one of the more remarkable feats of American literature, how a young man who never graduated from high school, never received a college degree, living in a small town in the poorest state in the nation, all the while balancing a growing family of dependents and impending financial ruin, could during the Great Depression write a series of novels all set in the same small Southern county — novels that include As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and above all, Absalom, Absalom! — that would one day be recognized as among the greatest novels ever written by an American.

Title:Soldiers' PayFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:iHelp PressLanguage:English

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