THE TOWN by William Faulkner

THE TOWN

KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled A Novel of the Snopes Family, this continues the particular panel in the Jefferson, Mississippi, chronicle that centers on the Snopes, with their ambitious and rapacious Flem Snopes as villain of the piece. Closely linked with The Hamlet (1940) and with the county of Yoknapatawpha which is Faulkner's own creation, this novel will find its market largely among those Faulkner addicts who feel that his mythical kingdom is at one and the same time, symbolic of the South he reflects and an accurate reportorial record of its people and its thinking. Despite the gap since The Hamlet was written, the reader will quickly recognize other characters who comprise the lively gallery of the Faulkner world. The story helps resolve the tragic impasse in the love affair of Eula Snopes and Manfred deSpain; it pursues the unpleasant career of Flem Snopes as he determines to eliminate his family from the local scene; it sets Linda, daughter of Eul, on a path that may help her lough off the hampering memories of Jefferson; and it enriches the imaginative portrait of a place and a people. The manner will be for many a deterrent, as Faulkner tells his story through many of the participants -- a sound track technique, with hesitations, repetitions, and a colloquial tendency to stray from the issue. But -- after a more than ordinarily slow start -- the story gathers momentum and the random bits fall into place. Definitely a book for those who regard Faulkner as a significant figure in the American literary scene. One questions whether it will make new recruits.
Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
ISBN: 0394701844
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1957




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