“It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end”
Author: William Faulkner
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.
This book as been on my TBR list forever now, and I finally got around to it. It was a pretty challenging read to say the least!
Faulkner was influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, which is shown throughout the novel. The stream of consciousness writing style allows for complex paragraphs. The multiple characters allow for different, and sometimes conflicting, interpretations of events. I was completely left at Faulkner’s mercy, and I sometimes had to look up Sparknotes just to understand exactly what had happened.
My Rating: 3 Stars