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The unvanquished

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A book by William Faulkner

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Author: William Faulkner
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Random House
1 review about The unvanquished

A tribute to the tenacity of human spirit

  • May 21, 2010
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+4
Set in the old South in the finishing years of the Civil War, this novel follows members of one family, and in particular Bayard Sartoris, as they struggle and try to prevail under the circumstances where most of the prevailing social and personal relations are constantly challenged and even permanently overturned. The writing is quintessential Faulkner, with all particularities of southern dialect and narrative that tries to stay close to the protagonists' mental musings. The story is remarkable and intriguing in that the interpersonal relations between different characters aren neither predictable nor straightforward. In particular it eschews facile delineation between various parties in the war, and no individual fits into a stereotypical category. Sometimes the closest friendships are between those who should be the worst of enemies, and at other occasions those whom you regarded to be close confidants that in the end betray you. These are in fact all too familiar circumstances in most of our lives and in all generations. It's what makes Faulkner's novels so timeless and valuable to read.

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