As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text (Modern Library) As I Lay by William Faulkner

By William Faulkner

Chosen via the fashionable Library as one of many a hundred most sensible novels of all time From the fashionable Library's new set of fantastically repackaged hardcover classics via William Faulkner-also to be had are Snopes, The Sound and the Fury, gentle in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and chosen brief tales one in all William Faulkner's best novels, As I Lay demise, initially released in 1930, is still a charming and stylistically cutting edge paintings. the tale revolves round a grim but darkly funny pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family members units out to satisfy her final want: to be buried in her local Jefferson, Mississippi, faraway from the depressing backwater atmosphere of her married lifestyles. instructed via a number of voices, As I Lay loss of life vividly brings to lifestyles Faulkner's imaginary South, certainly one of literature's nice invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically attention-grabbing characters that have been his trademark. in addition to a brand new Foreword via E. L. Doctorow, this variation reproduces the corrected textual content of As I Lay demise as validated in 1985 by way of Faulkner specialist Noel Polk.

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And be durned if even then it wasn't like I could still hear Cora singing and feel that boy leaning forward between us like he was ahead of the mules, and still see Cash going up and down with that saw, and Anse standing there like a scarecrow, like he was a steer standing kneedeep in a pond and somebody come by and set the pond up on edge and he aint missed it yet It was nigh toward daybreak when we drove the last nail and toted it into the house, where she was laying on the bed with the window open and the rain blowing on her again.

1 give her my promised word in the presence of the Lord," Anse says. " But still he does not start the mules. We set there above the water. Another log bobs up over the jam and goes on; we watch it check up and swing slow for a minute where the ford used to be. Then it goes on. , "It might start falling tonight," I say. " Then Jewel turns sideways on tie horse. He has (As I Lay Dying) not moved until then, and he turns and looks at me. His face is kind of green, then it would go red and then green again.

I dont know what I am. I dont know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is, because he does not know that he does not know whether he is or not. He cannot empty himself for sleep because he is not what he is and he is what he is not. Beyond the unlamped wall I can hear the rain shaping the wagon that is ours, the load that is no longer theirs that felled and sawed it nor yet theirs that bought it and which is not ours either, lie on our wagon though it does, since only the wind and the rain shape it only to Jewel and me, that are not asleep.

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