Harvard Club of San Francisco Reading Group: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Read the book then bring your thoughts and perspective to a lively discussion
One of Faulkner’s finest novels, As I Lay Dying remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren’s family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Narrated in turn by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner’s imaginary South, one of literature’s great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark. The novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th-century classic.
Read the book then bring your thoughts and perspective to a lively discussion.
Listen to a reading of Faulkner’s Nobel acceptance speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOg30JBnik8
Sunday, November 20
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
San Francisco (location will be sent on Friday, November 18 to those who RSVP)
Free, but RSVP required
Registration required by November 17
Questions? Please contact Curt Engelhard: email@example.com or 650-279-3359
Sunday, 11/20/16 at 4:30pm - 6:00pm | iCal