The Wild Palms: [If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem]

The Wild Palms: [If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem]

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by William Faulkner
     
 

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In this feverishly beautiful novel—originally titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Faulkner, and now published in the authoritative Library of America text—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other. In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight…  See more details below

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In this feverishly beautiful novel—originally titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Faulkner, and now published in the authoritative Library of America text—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other. In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit. The Wild Palms is grandly inventive, heart-stopping in its prose, and suffused on every page with the physical presence of the country that Faulkner made his own.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307792426
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
476,100
File size:
2 MB

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Edmund Wilson
Faulkner... belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust.
Ralph 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.
Robert Penn 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.

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The Wild Palms (aka If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Lakanooky More than 1 year ago
How can I criticize a classicist like William Faulkner so I will just add that this novel is very different than anything else you read if you are not familiar with his style of writing and seemingly run on sentences that try your patience and sometimes bore you till you want to put the book down and that is just what i did even though I feel badly about it in retrospect and probably always will until I pick it up again and give it another good ole college try like I did when i was 20 years old in college and having a great time in spite of studying my head off to complete finished grammatically correct English papers that did not contain run on sentences like William Faulkner's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another great novel by Faulkner...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago