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As I Lay Dying
By William Faulkner

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner ranked # 35 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.

As I Lay Dying By William Faulkner - Just The Good Stuff As I Lay Dying is a novel published in 1930 and written by William Faulkner, one of the most notable American novelists of the twentieth century. The novel, which Faulkner himself referred to as a "tour de force," was the author's fifth and is read in many schools and colleges across the United States and the United Kingdom. The title comes from Book XI of Homer's The Odyssey.

The book is told in stream of consciousness style by 15 different narrators in 59 chapters. It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren, the wife of a poor Mississippi hill farmer, and her family's quest--noble or selfish--to honor her wish to be buried with "her people" in the town of Jefferson.

On the journey, Addie's favorite child, Jewel, saves his mother's body from flood and fire, and the thoughts of each of the Bundrens are revealed. Most interesting is Darl, the second oldest, who exhibits moments of prescience and attempts to put an end to the family's trip.

As is the case in much of Faulkner's work, the story is set in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, a mythical rendering of the writer's home of Lafayette County in that same state.




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