Sanctuary

Sanctuary

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by William Faulkner
     
 

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First published in 1931, this classic psychological melodrama has been viewed as more of a social document in his tragic legend of the South than mere story. From Popeye, a moonshining racketeer with no conscience and Temple Drake, beautiful, bored and vulnerable, to Harace Benbow, a lawyer of honor and decency wishing for more in his life, and Gowan Stevens,

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First published in 1931, this classic psychological melodrama has been viewed as more of a social document in his tragic legend of the South than mere story. From Popeye, a moonshining racketeer with no conscience and Temple Drake, beautiful, bored and vulnerable, to Harace Benbow, a lawyer of honor and decency wishing for more in his life, and Gowan Stevens, college student with a weakness for drink, Faulkner writes of changing social values and order. A sinister cast peppered with social outcasts and perverts perform abduction, murder, and mayhem in this harsh and brutal story of sensational and motiveless evil.

Students of Faulkner have found an allegorical interpretation of "Sanctuary" as a comment on the degradation of old South's social order by progressive modernism and materialistic exploitation. Popeye and his co-horts represent this hurling change that is corrupting the historic traditions of the South, symbolized by Horace Stevens, which are no longer able to protect the victimized Negro and poor white trash due to middle-class apathy and inbred violence.

Editorial Reviews

Warren
"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
Wilson
"Faulkner� belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust." --Edmund Wilson
Ellison
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679748144
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Corrected Text Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
203,830
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American novelist and short-story writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1949. He is recognized as one of the greatest American writers. His masterpieces include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, The Hamlet, and The Reivers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 25, 1897
Date of Death:
July 6, 1962
Place of Birth:
New Albany, Mississippi
Place of Death:
Byhalia, Mississippi

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Sanctuary 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Faulkner novel that I have read. This is a great novel for people that have never read a faulkner. I felt that I really got into the character of Popeye. You really begin understand the way of life in the south early 1900's.
cpt_zeep More than 1 year ago
i thought it was pretty interesting.it was the first faulkner novel i'd ever read, and i have to say, it's not as enigmatic as i thought it would be, which is not to say that there weren't times when i was confused, or even outright frustrated, but it was nothing that re-reading a few passages couldn't fix. i did find it to be brutal and even sad in a perverse way, but the thing that i liked the most was faulkner's use of language; it can be downright beautiful, flowing, poetic in a way that modern writers just don't do anymore. i did like the book quite a bit and am looking forward to reading another faulkner novel, but if you've never read faulkner, it wouldn't hurt to read up a bit on the book before hand, maybe get some background. if you're interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
William Faulkner’s Sanctuary is a disturbing book that makes me feel awkward due to the sexual abuse towards the main character Temple Drake. The book had a very tedious beginning, and I did not find myself engrossed in the book until I was towards the ending. I was very fond of Temple’s indestructible personality throughout the book, no matter what had occurred inside of the demonic household that she was imprisoned in. I strongly disliked that the book was written in third person, I feel as if it took away a great amount of the emotions that went on in Temple’s mind when she had dealt with her traumatic experiences. If the book was written in first person I would recommend it to my peers. However, Faulkner did have great use of imagery. It made me feel like I was sitting among those men at the dinner table. An immense amount of Temple’s emotions were not contributed in the book, and the book was not at its greatest potential. However, this book is the definition of sin and malicious.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Also my first submmersion into Faulkner. An intricately entagled tale of innocence lost and darkness found through mistakes of simplicity and brutal reality. Faulkner transplants you in the deep south so much that you can smell the humidity...a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By the time Popeye, the villain and protagonist, asks the hangman to fix his collar--the response: 'I'll fix it.'--you know you have witnessed a great American literary achievement on par with Flaubert. And the humor is truly unforgettable. Read it--read it--read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although English is not my native language, I discovered a hole new world in William Faulkner. Sanctuary is one of his best works. Hot atmosphere of violence, and degenerative and perverse behaviour, altogether with his unic negation of every time process is fantastic.