The Reivers

The Reivers

Book - 1962
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One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues--involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1962]
ISBN: 9780679741923
Call Number: FAULKNER
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Pulitzer Prizes.
Southern States -- Fiction.

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BernardN_KCMO Sep 19, 2018

Faulkner remains my favorite American author, though there is a great gulf between him and me on many fronts. I'm a city feller from the North, whereas Faulkner's roots are in small-town Mississippi, even though the author spent several years in Hollywood as a script writer. And generally, I think I'm pretty optimistic, where Faulkner often seems rather dour. That said, I can think of few authors who can create a spell with their words like Faulkner. James Joyce comes to mind, and Shakespeare. Of course, Faulkner's spin on the English language has a Southern accent. Often Faulkner's narrative style makes you feel that you're sitting on someone's porch or veranda listening to some teller spin a yarn. The teller doesn't always get right to the point. Sometimes the teller dances around the point for a while before getting to it. Sometimes the teller is not entirely sure what the point is, so we only get hints dangled before us as we try to figure out what happened, and what it meant. The tale of this novel is light and fun, and is a good introduction to Faulkner, but for old-time Faulkner readers, there are plenty of references to the familiar names of Yoknapatawpha County that you'll get a nice feeling of deja vu.

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