Sanctuary: The Corrected Text
First published in 1931, this classic psychological melodrama has been viewed as more of a social document in his tragic legend of the South than mere story. From Popeye, a moonshining racketeer with no conscience and Temple Drake, beautiful, bored and vulnerable, to Harace Benbow, a lawyer of... show more
First published in 1931, this classic psychological melodrama has been viewed as more of a social document in his tragic legend of the South than mere story. From Popeye, a moonshining racketeer with no conscience and Temple Drake, beautiful, bored and vulnerable, to Harace Benbow, a lawyer of honor and decency wishing for more in his life, and Gowan Stevens, college student with a weakness for drink, Faulkner writes of changing social values and order. A sinister cast peppered with social outcasts and perverts perform abduction, murder, and mayhem in this harsh and brutal story of sensational and motiveless evil. Students of Faulkner have found an allegorical interpretation of "Sanctuary" as a comment on the degradation of old South's social order by progressive modernism and materialistic exploitation. Popeye and his co-horts represent this hurling change that is corrupting the historic traditions of the South, symbolized by Horace Stevens, which are no longer able to protect the victimized Negro and poor white trash due to middle-class apathy and inbred violence.
Publish date: December 6th 1993
Pages no: 326
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Southern Gothic
bookshelves: autumn-2015, published-1931, us-tennessee, us-southern, nobel-laureate, north-americas, film-only, sleazy, slit-yer-wrists-gloomy, tragedy Read from October 25 to 29, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMnzF...Description: Psychologically astute and wonderfully poetic, Sanctuary ...
This is actually one of my top three Faulkner novels,along with Sound and the Fury and maybe Light in August. Faulkner wrote a lot of different types of novels, and the ability to drag us into this one despite its horrific content is nothing short of admirable. A lot of people say they don't like t...
Not Billy's best - he often uses adjective combos that used to inspire, but now seem kind of mechanical...tropes like "the owl flew lugubriously, obscenely and delightfully, basking in the tragedies to come." But it's a good yarn with daydreaming folk.