At first I feared that Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner was just a novel which repeatedly allowed the same story to be told between snippets of “current life” for the characters. This is somewhat an accurate viewpoint, but the novel is so much more than that.
The backdrop is The Civil War, in the South, though the war is not the central focus of the novel. Faulkner has us fixated on Thomas Sutpen, a man who comes seemingly from nowhere to the small town of Jefferson Mississippi. ‘He was a man, Faulkner said, “who wanted sons and the sons destroyed him.”’ What a poignant way to sum up the novel.
I really enjoyed it. It takes a bit to sift through the southern accents and it can be a bit tough to get into the story at first, but once you’re in, you are HOOKED.
Would definitely recommend this novel!