Go Down, Moses (Modern Library Series)

Go Down, Moses (Modern Library Series)

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by William Faulkner

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Faulkner examines the changing relationship of black to white and of man to the land, and weaves a complex work that is rich in understanding of the human condition.


Faulkner examines the changing relationship of black to white and of man to the land, and weaves a complex work that is rich in understanding of the human condition.

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"For all the range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country." --Robert Penn Warren
"Faulkner. belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust." --Edmund Wilson
"For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must return to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." --Ralph Ellison

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Random House Publishing Group
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Modern Library Series
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4.98(w) x 7.61(h) x 1.06(d)

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Ralph Ellison
In Go Down, Moses, Faulkner comes most passionately to grips with the moral implications of slavery, the American land, progress and materialism, tradition and moral identity - all major themes of the American novel.

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Go Down, Moses 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Molassesdip More than 1 year ago
This ain't for those who can't read a sentence that's longer than a page or those who aren't willing to back up and re-read what just passed, confused out of their wits as to what it is that Faulkner decided to say in a manner so archaic that it will turn off everyone, and I mean everyone, who isn't patient or a completionist or a stoont under the very best teacher, and even then only those who take the time to understand and not just complete what i feel to be the greatest 20th century American book, which is something I probably don't have much authority to award what is, after all, a collection of interrelated short stories. But they are some of the best. The stories of the life of the man who would go on to be Uncle Ike, last true heir of the McCaslins as he watches everything from his youth fall, and the way that former-slaves-turned-negroes-eventual-African-Americans develop, suffer, and survive in the heart of the South, in Faulkner's made up county, is something no one should miss. The Bear in particular, if no other part of the book can be completed, must be recommended to everyone. But don't buy this as a gift unless your certain that the person will do more than love the Cover. And don't expect to be able to easily talk about this to anyone not in an English class with you and even then don't expect much (but hey, sometimes ye can be surprised). And as you can tell, Faulkner's style, for good or ill, is contagious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Faulkner. I'm a junior in high school and love how Faulkner describes the human soul in his characters. My favorite was Rider.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had a way to convince people that Faulkner--pretty much any Faulkner, but this one in particular--is more than worth the work it takes to read him. It is very like learning a language, in that you struggle at first moving back and forth from the one you are learning to the one you know. But at some point, you start thinking in Faulkner, and a new world opens up. You recognize places, and faces (sort of) and spontaneously remember this or that character's appearance on other books, and their family history, and so on. You may also start boring the pants off those who have never been to Faulkner, trying to describe scenery, or giving this or that nuance of character, or trying to sketch out family trees on bar napkins. These stories will no doubt be offensive to those who are oh-so politically correct, but as they are a sincere (and I think successful) attempt at describing changing race relations in the American South--by someone who KNOWS--I don't know how differently they could be told and have the same effect. (Not at all, is my guess.) Here is a test for you. As great as The Bear no doubt is, try reading Was, and see how you react. Understand, the world he is describing--pre-Civil War Mississippi, where slavery was not just a given, but an integral part of every day life--is hilarious. I am sure many will scream 'racist' (he was not) and 'misogynist' (I am not fit to speak on the matter, but I strongly doubt it), but if you have any doubts, read his Nobel Prize acceptance speech before you pass final judgment. If you do fins yourself starting to get hooked (the impulses to laugh out loud and cry out loud are sure signs), I would also recommend that you try Light in August or Absalom! Absalom! before you jump into The Sound and the Fury. I have read all his works several times, and I still find The Sound and the Fury to be the least satisfying. Better than tons of other novels, but still not his best, in my opinion. If you start to feel comfortable, try As I Lay Dying, and see if you don't find yourself laughing with your hand over your mouth.  If you find the reading too hard, several of Faulkner's books (including this one) have been recorded, and I strongly recommend you get any of them read by the late, great Mark Hammer. He got Faulkner, and know how to get you to get him, too.   
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is comprised of several interrelated stories tracing the growth of the individual identity of the african-american. As the novel progesses, problems and mysteries unfold about the McCaslin geneology. Faulkner purposefully uses distorted sentence structure to perpetuate the distorted image of african americans. This book will enrich your life! I reccomend this book to anyone who is willing to invest a little time and has an open mind! Each re-read is rewarding as you will uncover more mysteries and make more meaning out of Faulkner's text.
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Some people may be wondering why I have given this book such a low rating. I am a sophomore, and I had to read this story in English class this year, and I found it at best terribly boring. So much so that I found I could not follow along. This story jups from one time zone to another, and even though I've read others like that, I just was not able to follow this one.