Book Review: As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)

It’s another book review! Let’s go.

Have I read this before: Yes! I read this when I was in 10th grade, I think. I remember giving a little oral book report to Mr. Murray, who I think was my 10th grade English teacher. High school was…messy for me.

Review: Man, I got like zero out of this book the first time I read it. I remember the whole “holes in the coffin” thing that Cash does and the famous “My mother is a fish.” chapter, but that’s honestly it. There’s a lot more to this book than my stupid little 10th-grader brain could handle.

(Also, high school was messy.)

But I definitely got a lot more out of it this time around. There are a good amount of perspectives from different characters and it takes a little while to “get into” that and know who’s who and their thought patterns, but it was enjoyable.

Favorite part: I think my favorite part of this book was just the unique way the story was told. I think this was the first book I read in which different chapters were narrated by different characters and I remember being super impressed by that when I was a teen. I’ve always wanted to try to write a story in this way, but I have yet to come up with an idea where I think this would work well. It works really nicely in this story, though.

Rating: 5/10

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