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In this novel, the South looms dark and ominous in the background with its Biblical rhetoric, its conflict between a tradition of religious fundamentalism and modern skepticism, racial contrasts and the industrialization of a rural society.

More than a novel of time and place, it is the story of a tormented family submerged infidelity and driven by a vengeful love that is blocked, hurt and perverted: Peyton Loftis, who frantically needs a husband precisely because she loves her ...

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Overview

In this novel, the South looms dark and ominous in the background with its Biblical rhetoric, its conflict between a tradition of religious fundamentalism and modern skepticism, racial contrasts and the industrialization of a rural society.

More than a novel of time and place, it is the story of a tormented family submerged infidelity and driven by a vengeful love that is blocked, hurt and perverted: Peyton Loftis, who frantically needs a husband precisely because she loves her father; the decadent Milton, whose infidelity has made his marriage no more than a stage drama; and Helen, his wife, who loves only what she can control.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780451009678
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1952
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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William Styron
William Styron
Whether fictionalizing a slave uprising in The Confessions of Nat Turner or breaking the silence on clinical depression, William Styron's work inspired not only accolades but national dialogues.

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One of the great writers of the generation succeeding that of Hemingway and Faulkner, William Styron is renowned for the elegance of his prose and his powerful moral engagement. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, and Darkness Visible. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Howells Medal, and the Edward MacDowell Medal.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Clark Styron Jr. (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Roxbury, Connecticut, and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 11, 1925
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newport News, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      November 1, 2006
    2. Place of Death:
      Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    I read a magazine article which mentioned that this book might b

    I read a magazine article which mentioned that this book might be made into a movie so I decided to read it. It was slow and hard to follow. I could not relate to or sympathize with any of the characters. I didn't like any of them. But I was prepared to slug it out until the end when the book froze on my nook. I tried to get it going again but no use so I ended up archiving it. The logical conclusion is that it was so bad even my nook wouldn't let me read it. HA!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    One of my favorites

    William Styron is one of the most under rated American authors of all time. His ability to draw you in to the time and place of his narrative is amazing. The dynamics between the characters in this book are complex and heart breaking. His depiction of the pastoral old south and the social practices of the period are beautiful and complete. Read William Styron!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Worth the effort

    After finishing this book I offered it to my mother, who works with families in similar circumstances as a mental health therapist, and she couldn't get past the first fifty pages. It is utterly painful reading at times, not for the prose but for the slow, inevitable march toward doom you can see escalating throughout the book, culminating in Peyton's seering monologue. Driven to tears to laughter to tears again, this is not a book of light reading, nor is it a book designed to deflate one's faith in mankind. I would describe Lie Down in Darkness as a novel probing human fallibility, pain, and loss--things that all of us have to deal with in our lives. It's worthwile if for only that reason. That Styron should elevate the story through marvelous use of the language suggests, in some sense, the seriousness with which he takes this story. I recommend this book for anyone looking to see people as they often are: weak, tired, sad, despondent.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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