Soldiers' Pay

Soldiers' PayA Group Of Soldiers Travel By Train Across The United States In The Aftermath Of The First World War One Of Them Is Horribly Scarred, Blind And Almost Entirely Mute Moved By His Condition, A Few Civilian Fellow Travellers Decided To See Him Home To Georgia, To A Family Who Believed Him Dead, And A Fianc E Who Grew Tired Of Waiting Faulkner S First Novel Deals Powerfully With Lives Blighted By War

William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short story writer One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as earl

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Soldiers' Pay
  • William Faulkner
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 9780451016294

10 thoughts on “Soldiers' Pay

  1. says:

    The most interesting thing about this book for me is that I bought it at the house now bookstore where Faulkner lived while he was writing it mundane fact is even interesting to me than spotting some of the elements Faulkner would use later to much greater effect the ticking of clocks a section of dialogue set out as if the characters are in a play words inside parentheses to indicate thought, including that belonging to a collective society.While some of its descriptive writing is beautiful, I m not sure of the book s point the question of who will marry the damaged Donald isn t compelling and all that jumped out at me is its misogyny Yes, there s a horrible male character whom I think is supposed to be comic, but that doesn t take away from the misogyny I was so frustrated by this book that I set it aside for a long while, and I m not sure why I finished it Oh, right, because it s Faulkner.

  2. says:

    I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who adores powerful and poetic imagery The plot of the story is a little bland, it s almost soap operaish, but the characters who drive the narrative are anything but your typical soap stars They are real and engaging individuals and you find yourself amazed at how their plights tug at your heart The skillful way in which Faulkner uses language to tell this story will impress even the least literary individual If you are to read only one book this winter this should be it.

  3. says:

    It d be easy to deride this, Falky s first novel, as mere prologue to later genius and dismiss it out of hand, as many seem to Fact is, this is so much better than most first efforts or, let s face it, 90% of fiction out there today, that it hardly seems to matter that it is Falky s most juvenile work It has all the hallmarks of his greatness the wit, the poetics and is actually refreshing since it doesn t feel weighted down with intense, Attican symbolism and southern woes, whether black or white It s a simple straightforward story about a WWI veteran, horribly disfigured who comes home to Georgia to die Oh, yes, and the people who gather about him as he dies It s about them, too.

  4. says:

    William Faulkner s novels have long been a serious reading gap for me, one I intended to fill as I worked my way through Time Magazine s list of the greatest 100 English language novels published since 1923 Faulkner is represented twice on that list The Sound and the Fury and Light in August , but of course, Faulkner comes with a reputation of being difficult and intimidating I figured it might be constructive if I just started at the beginning, with Faulkner s first novel, and work my way through his ouevre that way, so I might be better equipped to handle his meatier books.This raises a strategic question, however When reading and reflecting on Soldiers Pay, am I supposed to take into consideration Faulkner s future work, which I haven t read, or do I take this novel on its own terms Going through a lot of the 1 and 2 star reviews here, it seems most people are indeed holding this book up against his later novels and inevitably falling short , but since I cannot do that, I can only judge this one as if it were Faulkner s only work, possibly revisiting it later as I move through his catalog And I have to say, I enjoyed it quite a bit, even with its flaws First, I should say how heartening it is that even someone widely considered to be America s greatest novelist stumbled out of the gate trying to find a unique voice and narrative style It should give the rest of us poor schmucks hope Let s just say that Faulkner s Nobel prize was not awarded to him because of Soldiers Pay, which feels like a patchwork of ideas and genres sewn together There s a bit of Southern gothic, a pulpy love story, often tangential war commentary, and a whole lot of religious imagery all put in the blender You can see Faulkner try stuff out in real time, seeing what works, abandoning what doesn t A couple times he stops the narrative to go around the world he s created and see what each character is thinking, as if in stage direction Most successfully, he also throws in parenthetical asides to tell us what a character is really thinking as he s speaking And there s a healthy dosage of humor sprinkled in, something else I m not sure Faulkner is known for, so that was a pleasant surprise.I guess my biggest gripe is that the central story who will marry Donald Mahon, the dying soldier the entire narrative hinges upon isn t always that compelling, and there are a couple characters whose presence is never fully explained none so than Januarius Jones.But it works Yes, this book feels overwritten, and there s a good chance it would have been entirely lost to time if William Faulkner s name wasn t on it But if you want to get a taste of Faulkner without having to put in the heavy work that his future novels demand, Soldiers Pay may be worth your time.On to Mosquitoes

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    Faulkner pretendeu fazer um retrato psicol gico de um grupo de indiv duos americanos que sobre vivem ap s a IGG e esse aspeto foi bem conseguido No entanto, esta primeira obra do escritor parece me que tem algumas falhas na sua concep o Mahon, o soldado moribundo, Margaret , uma vi va da guerra e Gilligan , o soldado am vel, conhecem se numa viagem de comboio a condi o f sica do primeiro que ir determinar o modo como as pessoas se relacionam com ele e entre si Ainda assim, considero que Faulkner falhou no modo como coloca este trio a conviver debaixo do mesmo teto N o me tendo convencido de todo, este aspeto perturbou desde sempre a minha ades o hist ria Por outro lado, Mahon, o personagem principal desaparece do radar do leitor ao longo de muitas p ginas Se estivesse a representar , Mahon apareceria no primeiro ato para se eclipsar, sem aviso, no segundo e terceiro Voltaria a surgir esporadicamente no ato seguinte e teria todos os holofotes virados para ele no ltimo ato Seria substitu do por personagens que giram ao seu redor como a caprichosa e superficial Cecily, a fiel e resignada Emmy ou Jones , o stalker desta hist ria N o percebo porque teve Mahon que desaparecer por completo Gostei das descri es, em particular aquelas que marcam a passagem do tempo e as que se det m nos vestidos da mulheres Nelas apercebemo nos que estamos perante um escritor talentoso viu Cecily delicadamente vestida num vestido prateado, fr gil como vidro fundido Tinha um leque de penas verdes e o seu corpo esguio , animado e torneado Conseguiria desenhar um vestido festivo anos 20 apenas com esta breve descri o O tema desta obra foi exposto magnificamente por Hemingway ou Fitzgerald Faulkner escreveu uma obra mediana.

  6. says:

    SOLDIER S PAY 1926 is William Faulkner s first novel, generally considered his literary apprenticeship In this book he tends to use traditional narrative forms and techniques and his characters seem like types most of the time.The subject of the novel is post war disillusionment American post war society, described in very bitter strokes of comedy, collides with the group of war veterans who are now returning home, quite unable to forget the violence of war The plot revolves around Donald Mahon, a war pilot, who has returned from the war blind, with a withered arm and a disfiguring scar on his forehead He is now apathetic, barely conscious of what goes on around him Before the war he became engaged to Cecily Saunders, a beautiful, fickle, young girl who fell in love with the flier s aura of romance, danger and fame As expected, she shrinks from marrying the horribly disfigured Donald and she wishes to escape the past and its obligations Even in this early novel Faulkner appears concerned with time as a source of motives and with situations which are revealed rather than developed SOLDIER S PAY provides a limited insight into the preoccupations which are associated to his mature work It is not a great novel, but it might be a good place to start if you haven t read Faulkner before because it has none of the stylistic complexity of his best novels.

  7. says:

    It s always interesting to read a debut novel of such a big literary name Someone that stood a test of time and produced at least 4 novels The Sound and the Fury, Light in August and As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom that are considered to be among absolute best of 20 century However Soldier s Pay proves that Faulkner worked his way to genius, as his debut has lots of flows and the merit doesn t really strike strongly enough through melodramatic plot There are moments when you think, yes, the guy was brilliant so early on some gothic and disturbing characterisation, quite informative picture of post war trauma and post war society and others when you are rolling your eyes at absurdly dramatic plot Having said that I did enjoy it, it s a page turner as you want to find out, like in every soap opera, who will marry whom.

  8. says:

    William Faulkner s debut novel is a melodrama about World War I soldiers returning to a small town in Georgia, where the women they left behind struggle, like them, to put the pieces back together Similar to all Faulkner s work, the structure is experimental, jumping around places and points of view, juxtaposing dialogue with parenthetical asides to relate unspoken thought processes, and in one chapter, attempting to sententiously capture the perspective of multiple characters at once, including the gossipy townspeople The author, then an incipient genius, hadn t yet ironed out the wrinkles in his narrative style He sometimes loses track of the dramatic focus or occasionally uses dialogue to clarify characterizations that would henceforth be subtly suggested in subsequent novels Despite all that, Soldier s Pay speaks to the fledgling storyteller s auspicious brilliance, signaling tropes and themes Faulkner would explore fully later on like the mindset of the mentally incapacitated, the physical or psychological absence of pivotal characters, and the tense racial, religious, sexual, and moral undercurrents prevalent in the post Civil War Deep South Taken on its own terms, however, the book is above all a potent elegy to all that was lost in the war, on the battlefield and at home.

  9. says:

    This early Faulkner novel was the first I ve read by him, but I ll definitely go on to I was attracted to this by its subject matter, as I ve been reading a lot about the First World War lately, and this is an account of a wounded, dying soldier who returns to his home in Georgia and his unfaithful sweetheart I found the story moving, but the book really exerts a grip because of its writing style and intense, overheated atmosphere Soldiers Pay can be confusing at times, as some of it is written in stream of consciousness, but you can feel the writer s intoxication with language, which makes it exciting to read As I read, I was aware that this was early and uneven work, with an intrusive comic character, Januarius Jones, getting in the way of the story at times But I still found the book compelling and it was hard to tear myself away from it.

  10. says:

    Wow, two really good Faulkner books in a row this and The Reivers I could get used to this Here we find one of Faulkner s earliest books, one free of the pomposity and obscurity of his later works and also one that offers some genuinely noble and likable characters Going into another WWI themed novel, I admit was cringing a bit in fear that it would turn out to be another Fable, but not so Here, he gives a compelling and touching look at the men and women whose lives were touched and often than not, wrecked by the war, and he does it with accessible depth and passion.

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