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  • Soldiers' Pay
  • William Faulkner
  • English
  • 20 January 2014
  • 9780451016294

10 thoughts on “Soldiers' Pay

  1. Luís Luís says:

    This work is Faulkner's very first novel published in 1926 The war of 14 18 hangs over the whole story not evoked directly but by the influence it may have had on the fate and the inner world of the characters whether it was those who made it or others civilians or young people just a little too young At the centre of the book Donald Mahon aviator disfigured by a terrible scar becoming blind and gradually moving towards inevitable death Around him three women who somehow attached themselves to him And then a whole series of portraits of inhabitants of a small American town former soldiers demobilized relatives of the disappeared It is a book of great richness with complex situations and endearing characters the writing is undoubtedly straightforward than in later works Nevertheless I had the impression of something not uite accomplished of a draft genius I could not help but imagine what the Faulkner of maturity could have done with these themes and characters

  2. Teresa Teresa 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 societyWhile some of its descriptive writing is beautiful I’m not sure of the book’s point the uestion 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 who I think is supposed to be comic but that doesn’t take away from the misogynyI 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

  3. Nicholas Hansen Nicholas Hansen 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

  4. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour 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

  5. Michael Michael 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 euipped to handle his meatier booksThis raises a strategic uestion 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 uite a bit even with its flawsFirst 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 uniue voice and narrative style It should give the rest of us poor schmucks hopeLet'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 surpriseI 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 JonesBut 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 timeOn to Mosuitoes

  6. Elena Sala Elena Sala 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 techniues and his characters seem like types most of the timeThe 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 uite 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. Kamil Kamil 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 uite 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. Danny Taylor Danny Taylor 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 subseuent 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. Judy Judy 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. K.M. Weiland K.M. Weiland 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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Soldiers' Pay[EPUB] ✽ Soldiers' Pay ❂ William Faulkner – A 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 civilia A 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 fiancée who grew tired of waiting Faulkner's first novel deals powerfully with lives blighted by war.

About the Author: William Faulkner

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 screenwriterThe majority of his works are set in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as early.