Books: Southern Cypher

ABSALOM, ABSALOM!-William Faulkner-Random House ($2.50).

Among contemporary U. S. novelists, William Faulkner has the distinction of being one of the most powerful, certainly the least predictable, usually the hardest to read. Although he is the master of a swift and straightforward narrative prose that he has demonstrated in Sanctuary and other works, the plots of his stories are usually deliberately obscured until they resemble cyphers requiring careful study before they can be understood. Apparently only interested in such readers as are willing to work. Author Faulkner has compared story telling with the...

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