[books] A FableAuthor William Faulkner – Bilb-weil.de

This novel won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1955 An allegorical story of World War I, set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment, it was originally considered a sharp departure for Faulkner Recently it has come to be recognized as one of his major works and an essential part of the Faulkner oeuvre Faulkner himself fought in the war, and his descriptions of it rise to magnificence, according to The New York Times, and include, in Malcolm Cowley s words, some of the most powerful scenes he ever conceived.

10 thoughts on “A Fable

  1. Carla Carla says:

    Faulkner testou me at ao limite Deitou por terra toda e qualquer veleidade que eu pudesse ter de que esta seria uma leitura t pica.Arremessou me parede, lama Atirou me ao c u.Fez me girar sobre mim pr pria Ca , claro, atordoada.Aterrei em arco ris submersos nas valas inundadas pela gua da chuva.Quando me tentava levantar, fincava as m os nos meus ombros com for a sobre humana.Por fim, penso que se apiedou de mim, permitindo que eu penetrasse no doce terr fico cativeiro por ele efabulado.

  2. Pradnya K. Pradnya K. says:

    Took a long time to turn the last page I feel relieved, not coz I ended it but happy to have read it Quite a writer Faulkner is.I d call it a challenging read as the story would never come across easily The developments are far too measly compared to the detailed description If it s a story you want, don t bother to read this Set amidst the world war background where one unit of army goes for mutiny under the leader corporal who is center point of mass fury as he brings war to the end To resurrect the messiah of peace in fiction was a theme for this story which kept writer bound for almost a decade.Faulkner braids the wisps of words entwined with explicit details and then spins it, hurls around and fling in a delivery one catch the action in last moment, almost missing it Since the plot is unhappening its natural it takes time The vocabulary is expansive for my tastes, the tone becomes monotonous a lot Also if you tend to read books half way you might tempt to live it in between The story tangles a lot, formation on different planes and different time blurs previous one, the paragraph long sentences makes you re read some long sentences and yet you go on You see he s genius Handling such story in so unlikely fashion, sandwiching it in between his detailed observations and nuances of characters actions and tightly woven background If its your idea of good book, go for it I feel Pulitzer award was justified to have this book I think the tough, serious language and slow pace kept it reaching to masses like Faulkner s other creations For me, I will read it after some years, again.

  3. Paula Ferreira Pinto Paula Ferreira Pinto says:

    Continuo sem perceber a raz o dos estudiosos considerem as obras mais tardias do Faulkner um pouco menos lustrosas do que aquela catadupa produtiva inicial de romances escritos de forma sinuosa, indirecta e enviesada, em que quase nada dito com frontalidade, em que tudo est impl cito mas ainda assim extraordinariamente belo.Este sem duvida, na minha opini o, um dos melhores dele, sendo ainda mais relevante na medida em aqui Faulkner saiu da zona de conforto que Yoknapatwapha, Mississipi, por esta altura j constitu a para o autor.Um retrato da I GG na qual, contrariamente ao que o pr prio deu a entender, nunca combateu, jamais tendo sa do do continente americano at ao seu final.N o deixa contudo de ser um relato v vido dos horrores das trincheiras, dos defeitos da humanidade, do hero smo de an nimos e da ironia com que a vida muitas vezes encerra ciclos da hist ria dizer mais seria spoilar Jamais faria isso a um f do Faulkner que, por qualquer casualidade, ainda n o tenha lido este.E apesar de se passar a milhares de quil metros de Yoknapatawpha County, l aparece um Beauchamp em determinado epis dio e o Mississipi tem direito a protagonizar um pequeno relato sobre o apego vida e o canto das cotovias.O que h para n o adorar neste

  4. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    All you can kill is man s meat You can t kill his voice It s bemusing how this, probably the pinnacle of Faulkner s testing the limits of his own style, can be seen as such a flawed work On the one hand, it is one of his most difficult works, up there with The Sound and the Fury On the other hand, it s dense, closely packed poetics take his dizzying run on madness to a whole new level, largely because of its main idea Christ returned as a WWI frontline corporal who, with 12 other soldiers, leads a mutiny in the trenches and refuse to fight.The idea is so bafflingly, batshit insane to our current flatulent and impotent sense of propriety and self imposed and self defined precociousness that I can see why some might blanch But, if anything, Faulkner constantly tests the reader, weaving in and out of wonderful, lengthy, almost dream like cacoffinies and then bluntly smashing you in the face with something unbewildering and beautiful.

  5. Tim Tim says:

    William Faulkner virgins about to break the seal with a copy of A Fable should be forced to reconsider at gunpoint, if necessary.Yes, A Fable is a cantankerous beast, a Pulitzer Prize winner often reviled as impenetrable and as Faulkner at his most difficult Reading it for the first time my 11th Faulkner novel I find it both a little hard to figure out how it won the award and hard to understand why readers don t seem to see its merits Faulkner s worst, most frustrating habits are on display in this tale of World War I whose plot often mirrors the Passion of Christ The worst offenders are two lengthy backstory scenes that shed light on the later main story that takes place during a week at and near the front In these scenes, there appear with gusto Faulkner s tendency to be willfully cryptic and hard on his readers, and his jones for compound, page long or sentences that crawl sideways like crabs and confound the brain And yet the story is a good one, and there s than enough of Faulkner s brilliant wordplay to justify a solid recommendation for the hardy.In A Fable, in the fourth year of a grinding World War I, a French regiment ordered to attack refuses to do so Likewise, the Germans opposing them have called a halt to the violence A mysterious corporal and his 12 followers, it turns out, are the instigators of this outrageous peace The story chronicles the elaborate efforts of the French, British and American powers that be to investigate and cover up this absurdity, and to punish those responsible for daring to stop a war The division commander wants all 3,000 soldiers in his regiment executed The overall commanding general has his own remedy for the corporal, who turns out to have very close ties to the general.The two aforementioned scenes from the past do help the story a bit, but the cost might be some people s sanity Still, Faulkner is in top form during the final quarter of this, his second longest novel, bringing home the tale with panache and a minimum of wordy foolishness The conclusion and the run up to it are very good, if readers can stick with it.The story of the corporal, whose story mirrors Christ but who is not really Christlike, falls a little short, I must say I wanted to learn of his motivation and get to know him, and frankly I wanted a immediate sense of the refusal to fight I think Faulkner could have done wonders getting inside a few characters heads in the action that is the basis for the whole novel.As for Faulkner making a rare venture outside Mississippi for the novel, which seems to irk some, I didn t mind it at all Much as I love all those Southern tales, this is a nice departure that adds a little versatility to Faulkner s resume A Fable often is quite good When it is difficult, it s as difficult as Faulkner gets, which pretty goddamned difficult I was able to shrug off the slow spots and enjoy the novel quite a lot No, don t make it your first Faulkner, for heaven s sake But its impenetrability is a bit overstated Read this in a short span of days, a lot at a time, turn off the TV, keep your focus.

  6. KeithTalent KeithTalent says:

    At nine o clock one morning in the spring of 1918, a regiment of the French army every man below the rank of sergeant refuses to take part in a futile assault on the German position Strangely, the German line opposite fails to take advantage of the situation with a counter attack, and by noon that day no guns are fired along the entire French line By three o clock in the afternoon, the entire western front has fallen silent It emerges that a saintly French corporal, together with his twelve apostles, has been making the rounds of the Allied forces and apparently the German forces too spreading by word and deed a gospel of non violence and universal brotherhood The troops, it seems, have understood that they can stop the killing simply by laying down their arms Naturally, this is anathema to the military hierarchies on both sides, who tipped off by the Judas among the disciples are already making covert plans to resume hostilities The generals, after all, have a living to make and a war to run A Fable is an allegorical novel about the conflicting impulses that exist within each one of us The French corporal represents man s inextinguishable impulse towards unconditional love and brotherhood or, to put it another way, he s the champion of an esoteric realm of man s baseless hopes and his infinite capacity no passion for unfact Like Jesus, the corporal holds out the light of selfless love to humanity, but he s doomed to suffer the consequences For within every man, too, lives the desire to get on in the world, an egotism which produces conflict, wars and armies This impulse represented in the novel by supreme Allied general, who is the corporal s father and the author of the quote above will always conquer in the world of brute facts, will always prevail, but the example that Christ and Faulkner s corporal offer to humanity can never be extinguished I m not going to die, says one of the corporal s disciples at the end of the book Never A Fable is a difficult, audacious and profound book If complex meditations on the human condition are your idea of a good time, give this one a try.

  7. Russell Russell says:

    This is probably the only novel that ever appeared EXACTLY the way Faulkner wanted it to appear, and it was the only one whose tepid reception really bothered him In fact, despite its Pulitzer, the book s relative lack of success in my opinion is what caused him to retreat into the relatively childish stories of his later career The down side to Faulkner s insistence on placing each word meticulously though, is that it generates a VERY difficult book to read At times, it is almost like reading Cicero or some other Latin master because the sentences are so sprawling and each word means something.After Go Down, Moses Faulkner s major period is behind him He will never again explore his fictional county in Mississippi with the same depth as Absalom and Sound and the Fury , turning instead to events far beyond those borders This novel is the product of a nearly ten year obsession, unlike the Mississippi masterpieces which were often dashed off and printed before they could be properly edited It is the only work of his that left a physical impression on his house, where he took to inscribing exhaustive notes on the woodwork of Rowan Oak that are still visible So, to At the end of the day, like If I Forget Thee Jerusalem, this is the style of Faulkner at its most mature, even if the material is not his most familiar The biblical parallels can t be missed, but rather than reading it that way, it might be useful to consider it an act of exhaustion The last truly High Modern book written by that one of that period s grand exemplars, who were soon to abandon it and never return It is richly informed by the life events of William Faulkner and his generation, one which was essentially at war from 1914 1945, whether or not they ever got to the trenches It must be read slowly, and savouringly Near the beginning, General Gragnon has his driver pause underneath a resting battery and listen to the sound of a lark whose song is like four metal coins dropping into a cup of soft silver, and flashes back to the General s childhood in the Pyrenees listening to birds, and then flashes forward again back to the war These are the images that make Faulkner s most mature style breathtaking He so richly imagines his characters and their thoughts and their desperation, that at the novel s conclusion the reader has a vested interest in the brutal outcome Five Stars, and bravo Mr Faulkner.

  8. Chad Bearden Chad Bearden says:

    I don t mind dense and rambling novels, but when combined with repetitive and opaque , the results are a far challenging read than seems necessary Faulkner was no doubt a brilliant writer, but by the time he wrote this, his fifteenth novel, he was less in need of talent than of an editor.The plot itself is actually pretty straightforward a French battalion in WWI lay down their arms and refuse to fight at the behest of a Christ like corporal Chaos ensues as the military powers that be realize that if all the soldiers realize peace is as simple as everybody agreeing to stop fighting, then what s the point of being a power that be s.The characters and situations are thinly veiled allusions to the story of Christ, down to the details Mary Magdalene, the twelve disciples, the betraying Judas, Pontius Pilate, a crown of thorns, and so on The nuance of the parallels are part of what make Faulkner such an amazing author Some might call the biblical callbacks heavy handed, but the manner in which he logically summons all of these elements in such a staggeringly different context is remarkable And he uses the context of the trenches of WWI to make some original points about the nature of power and honor and responsibility.Faulkner also has an uncanny knack for turning seemingly tangential characters into men and women loaded with deep dark undercurrents of emotion and baggage There are several key passages where a seemingly unrelated side story turns into vivid character study, flavoring later events with hints of turbulence that would otherwise be missed.Evidence of William Faulkner s genius is abundant There is a 5 star novel buried in these pages The problem is that its hidden amidst pages and pages and pages and pages rambling paragraphs and speeches and descriptions that are circular and repetitive and overly flowery to the point of being masterbatory I m a bull headed reader and will never skip over a chapter or a page or a paragraph or even a sentence just because I think its boring or unnecessary 99 times out of 100, they may be unnecessary, but at least they serve the purpose of being baroque flourishes that add to the literary ambience.Huge passages in A Fable don t serve a purpose, but also don t really add anything to the proceeding aside from lots and lots of extra words to pour through I m sure the author would disagree Faulkner viewed A Fable as his masterpiece , but good lord its tough to get through some of this.It becomes so unnecessarily dense, there are minor plot points that get lost or distorted in the minds of the readers In one GoodReads review I read, a reader noted that the Christ figure of the story had the initials J.C , a further link to Jesus The Wikipedia summary lists his name as Corporal Zsettslani Actually, they re both wrong his name is Stephan The confusion is understandable though, as most of the characters are seldom referred to by name Stephan is named once, toward the end , and there is a liberal use of pronouns with ambiguous antecedents, so its easy to lose track of who is who is what they re doing at any given moment This is the kind of confusion that is borne from trying to maintain focus while mucking through some of the endlessly labyrinthine rhetoric clogging up vast swathes of this book.All you have to do is look at my list of favorite books, and you ll see that I do not shy away from long, dense, meandering novels But A Fable tests one s patience such that what otherwise I would have viewed as an accomplished 5 star work, I can only hesitantly recommend as a frustrating 3 star work.If you want dense, nearly opaque Faulkner that pops instead of trudges, read Absalom, Absalom.

  9. Chris Chris says:

    Faulkner is starting to grow on me like unfamiliar music that gets better each time you hear it It s unbelievable that A Fable didn t get the kind of attention it deserved when it was released in 1954 Although it won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, it was panned by critics across the board is this only possible in literature A dark allegory to The Passion of Christ, it s setting in the trenches of World War 1 was probably unsettling to the vast majority of it s Christian readers But don t be fooled Faulker spent 9 years writing it, and some of the passages in here are as starkly powerful insights on the human condition as have ever been written You can tell he was trying to write the capstone of his career a career that as profound as it was couldn t settle for less than divine testimony A talent such as his gone through life without a perspective on religion or escaping the south just wasn t meant to be Many of his fans dismissed the novel because of its unfamiliar setting, but aren t writers supposed to push the envelope and explore new territory That s what writing is Whenever I m writing I carefully make sure I m not repeating myself and it s easy because I only get the drive to write when it s about something I haven t explored before A Fable faced a lot of scrutiny for all the wrong reasons, and it s unfortunate that it s not recognized among Faulkner s better known works.My interpretation of the ending SPOILER ALERT The last part at the General s funeral might have confused a lot of people I think The Runner was the guy on the ground and the Quartermaster was the man above him weeping The Runner represents the influence of the Corporal, who in turn represents Jesus, while the Quartermaster represents the influence of the General, who in turn represents God To me the most powerful part of the book was the General s monologue to the Corporal before he sentenced him to death forsakens him, if you will It was as if God, the Father and he was biologically his father in the novel , had been talking down to his naive, rebellious son, bargaining with him and demanding conservation Maybe this was what turned off a lot of Christians Jesus and God were on the same side in The Bible, but in A Fable God is depicted as a merciless tyrant holding up the infrastructure of a war driven society It might be safer to say that this is not an allegory but an allegoric interpretation of The Passion Anyways, in the last scene we see there is a reconciliation between the two men, which suggests that God and his son finally came to terms even though it happened post mortem through different people.

  10. Trenton Judson Trenton Judson says:

    This book was terrible and I have no idea why it won the Pulitzer, short of that it was written by Willy Faulkner I did not know how you could take the adventure, romance, and tragedy all out of war in a single novel until I read this, but Faulkner manages to do all of it It was painstaking to finish this one, but I was hoping that there would be that Faulkner pay off where you just love the end of the book, where he brings everything together in a way that blows your mind, but this did not happen in the novel Save yourself the trouble, stick to Faulkner s gems and leave this one way on the back of the library shelf for Faulkner academics.