by William Faulkner
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Sanctuary by William Faulkner

A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hardboiled detective fiction, Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307793553
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Series: Vintage International
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 156,277
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William Faulkner, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun, in 1924, but it is as a literary chronicler of life in the Deep South—particularly in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, the setting for several of his novels—that he is most highly regarded. In such novels as The Sound and the FuryAs I Lay DyingLight in August, and Absalom, Absalom! he explored the full range of post–Civil War Southern life, focusing both on the personal histories of his characters and on the moral uncertainties of an increasingly dissolute society. In combining the use of symbolism with a stream-of-consciousness technique, he created a new approach to fiction writing. In 1949 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. William Faulkner died in Byhalia, Mississippi, on July 6, 1962.

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 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.