The sequel to Faulkner’s most sensational novel Sanctuary, was written Told partly in prose, partly in play form, Requiem for a Nun is a. ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ Nancy, a black nursemaid, is about to be hanged for killing her mistress’s baby. The mother, Temple Drake, knows the. Switching between narrative prose and play script, this is Faulkner’s haunting sequel to his earlier bestseller, Sanctuary. Read more.

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Temple explains that she wanted to confess to the governor that Nancy was not solely responsible for the baby’s death, and that she, Temple, caused the death eight years ago by going on the date with Gowan that led to her rape and the subsequent chain of events.

The history segment I found interesting. You die so that I shall live! This is an easier novel of his to follow and appreciate, but it is still fairly challenging. Lost in the best sort of way. If you’ve read ‘Sanctuary’, this is a must read. In later decades, the book was not considered marketable by publishers and for a time was not available in a paperback or other inexpensive edition. If you read “Sanctuary”, this is a must, but don’t read this as a stand alone. Swooningly beautiful in that classic, often hypnotic Faulkner way, full of these gloriously long, long, looooong sentences; writing that is subtle and ironic and often a deadpan sort of humorous – my favorite.

In the postwar period his reputation rebounded, as Malcolm Cowley’s anthology The Portable Faulkner brought him fresh attention in America, and the immense esteem in which he was held in Europe consolidated his worldwide stature. For me she is not evil so much as incapable of being a full human being. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories.


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On September 21,the Falkner family settled in Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his l William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize z from Oxford, Mississippi. The play was also interesting–Temple Drake reveals some more detail regarding her experiences in ‘Sanctuary’ giving the reader additional clarity.

Refresh and try again. Gowan tells Temple he too is sorry for his part in triggering the chain of events that happened eight years ago, but that the past is unchangeable and over. I thought the narrative section here was brilliant. Twenty years requie Sanctuary this is Faulkner’s fifteenth novel and his work is so much better.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. This continuation done by other authors has proven to be a worthless feat—one that demeans both the original and the sequel because foor how they become parodies of one and other.

Faulkner’s always trying to push the envelope here. Gowan Stevensis found guilty of the murder of Temple’s six-month-old daughter and sentenced to death. Vintage- American fiction – pages. This story links with many other Faulkner books in a pleasing loop, and elucidates the plot line of Sanctuary more clearly than the original novel.

If you read “Sanctuary This sequel to “Sanctuary” is so much better than that one, it almost makes up for having to wade through that one just to read this one. And the requiem is embodied the play bits, falsely staged, Temple Drake’s baby ha In many ways, this could be thought of as Faulkner’s streamlined, stripped-down final expression of everything he’d written up until this point.

It’s just his strong suit. May 20, mark monday rated it it was ok Shelves: After being rescued, Temple falsely accused another man, Goodwin, of being her rapist, causing Goodwin to be lynched by an angry mob. Unbeknownst to Temple or Gavin, Gowan has overheard the entire conversation. Views Read Edit View history. My spirituality and my checkered past and my willingness to sacrifice myself for some sad, trifling white woman illustrates my innate saintliness! The book is loaded with masterful prose and deep thematic elements.


Nancy, a black nursemaid, is about to be hanged for killing her mistress’s baby.

Requiem For A Nun

She reaches for a cigarette on a side table and nervously lights it. Si passa dal tribunale nell’atto primo sino al Parlamento nell’atto secondo per poi giungere alla prigione nell’atto finale e conclusivo. It was Faulkner at his best, sending shivers down my spine. Temple is now married to Gowan Stevens. Critics also found some aspects of the story to be implausible, unreal, and out of step with contemporary attitudes, particularly the characterization of Nancy as self-sacrificing and the motivation for her killing of Temple’s baby.

But it certainly has been a while. This page was last edited on 18 Octoberat Faulkner obviously could not leave Temple Drake as we last saw her in Sanctuary. Although Temple believes she is confessing to the governor, he has left his office and Temple’s husband Gowan is sitting in his chair, which Temple realizes only after she has finished telling her story.

It is just as good, but it is different. Eight years after her kidnapping, Temple has become a mother and a wife, more articulate now than before and willing to face conflict head on to end her perpetual suffering.