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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

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One of William Faulkner's finest novels, As I Lay Dying, originally published in 1930, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of literature's great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. Along with a new Foreword by E. L. Doctorow, this edition reproduces the corrected text of As I Lay Dying as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.



  • I reckon Faulkner's writing style is gorgeous and would sound even more stunning if read by the right voice. However, the narrators in this specific audiobook got on my nerves. I couldn't handle listening for more than 15 minutes at a stretch, so I eventually threw in the towel and abandoned my attempt to finish it. I've devoured over a hundred books in audio format, and I must say, this one had the most dreadful narration hands down.
  • I've always been a fan of the Classics, but this audiobook was the most baffling experience I've ever had. The characters were a complete mystery to me, and their connection to the so-called "main" character was utterly confusing. Son? Neighbor? Seriously, what's going on? It took me more than four hours of listening to finally understand who was who and how they were all connected. This is the only book I regret purchasing!