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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard, challenging ... will bust your preconceptions, 27. Oktober 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I read Go Down Moses in 1996 before taking a trip to Mississippi. I had never read Faulkner before and had only one criterion for picking a book of his: it had to take place in the mythical Yoknapatawpha County. I picked this one off the library shelf.
For any non-southern American whose sole exposure to what happened there was from history books, this should forever shatter the pat preconceptions and simplistic black and white (no pun intended!) formulas they were taught.
The book plunges you into a vast panorama of ambiguities and contradictions. It was clear to me from the first paragraph that Faulkner was a genius. In the whole history of literature, he surely stands among a select few at the very pinnacle of greatness.
Go Down Moses is a tremendous struggle to get through. Some parts are straightforward and easy, but there are others that you can't hope to make literal sense of. You're bombarded by its twisted grammar. Its frantic confusion. Its endlessly unresolved sentences. But through these, Faulkner ultimately conveys the pain of history -- past and present. The emotion of that pain seems more real to him than the specific incidents it sprang from. Why else would a book begun in pre-Civil War Mississippi -- entirely skip it -- picking up again a generation later?
This book is about the South. Having read it, Faulkner walked beside me every step of the way I took through his state. But this book also has a sub-theme that should not be overlooked. Faulkner was a profound environmentalist, although sharply contrasted with how we usually think of that term. Hunters don't much fit the mold of environmentalism -- and Faulkner was an avid one of that lot. So, in that sense, along with all the sociological, he can shake you up pretty good! Go Down Moses contains some of the most wrenching descriptions you could hope to find on the loss of wilderness. There is nothing ambiguous in his portrayal of that loss. Faulkner may confound everything you thought you believed of Southern sociology, but in an environmental sense, he leaves no room for confusion. Leave those trees standing!
This book will grip you; I can't imagine it having a lesser effect. Like all truly great art, it should change you forever.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Faulkner's most mature, accessible book dealing with race, 10. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
It becomes quite clear after reading Go Down Moses why many critics call this William Falkner's most mature book dealing with race. In Go Down Moses, the black characters are not only as well represented as may be possible from a white author, they are believable and easy to relate to. The main character "Uncle Ike", the grandson of an influential plantation owner, comes to represent everyone who struggles with identity in the miserable face of racism. The style of the book itself was confusing for readers and critics when first published, as it makes use of a series of chapters, each with its own title and numbered sections. Faulkner resisted having the book called a collection of short stories and most modern readers should have little problem with its nonsequential chapters and its sometimes, seemingly, unrelated characters. If you have read some Faulkner, especially A Light in August or Absalom, Absalom or if you enjoy authors such as Toni Morrison and Richard Wright you must read this book to get an idea of just how far Faulkner came toward wrestling with race in his time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A tremendous book with brilliant imagery and emotion, 11. März 1998
Von Ein Kunde
I had never read any Faulkner until I picked this off my bookshelf while browsing. Out of my wife's american literature classes has come what I feel to be one the best written books I have read in quite some time. The people are tortured, alive and very well described. The races are diagnosed in merciless precision and scrutiny, the unfortunate frustrations that plague them both. (there don't seem to be many other types of people in the stories except a few Indians) But this is art, literature the way it is supposed to be written. The language of Faulkner literally soars off the page with insight, feeling and relevance to the story. These Southern lives are mixed together, bringing forth a mulatto-rainbow mix of wonder and mystery and deep appreciation, a well developed reverence for life, its pain and people, suffering through a walk on the blessed earth. Truly great writing as compassionate as it is accurately reflecting the Southern world, post slave to this century through the eyes of a family smorgasbord of bloodlines and personalites. If you want to enjoy reading and have wondered at times why you are wasting your time on cultured pulp, this book will set you back on the right path.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Picture Words, Weak Story Line, 26. Mai 2004
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"Go Down , Moses" was formed out of the melding of a series of short stories into a novel about the McCaslin family of Jefferson, Mississippi. Extending through the life of Ike McCaslin, his youthful experiences help him to later face a crucial test about his family's legacy. The complex racial relations of Faulkner's novels introduce the reader to a world which most of us could never understand or even imagine.
Like other Faulkner novels, I find the dialogue and stream of consciousness to be the most alluring qualities of the book. The thoughts of the characters, the descriptions of the scenes and the dialogues paint mental pictures of the action in which the reader can feel himself to be a part.
I had a bit of trouble following the story line, but the descriptions mentioned above carry the book. Faulkner is a magician with the pen. For that, this book is a good read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliantes Meisterwerk der englischen Sprache, 4. März 2012
William Faulkner gilt allgemein als einer der größten Autoren der englischen Sprache, eigentlich als einer der größten Erzähler, die generell je auf Erden erzählt haben. Schon seit längerem lese ich mit großer Begeisterung seine Werke und dies in seiner Originalsprache. Dies ist vor allem für Interessenten der Englischen Sprache zu empfelen, auch wenn Faulkner "schwieriger" ist als andere Autoren. Lange Sätze, dann noch die komplexe Bewusstseinsstrom-Technik, Faulkner zog stets alle Register der Schreibkunst. Dabei sind seine Werke immer zutiefst menschlich, emotional und bewegend.

"Go Down, Moses" besteht aus 7 Texten, die je nach Ansicht eigenständige Kurzgeschichten und Novellen bilden oder zusammenfassend einen Roman ergeben. Besondere Berühmtheit erlangten hier die drei Jagd-Geschichten "The Old People", "The Bear" und "Delta Autumn". Allerdings sind alle Texte von brillianter Schreibkunst und bewegender Kraft. Doch die drei expliziet genannten Werke gehören zweifelsloß zu den besten Sachen, die Faulkner je geschrieben hat.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Just as resonant as better-known WF titles, 8. August 1997
Von Ein Kunde
I first read Go Down, Moses in grad school but am now returning to it after 3 years. Faulkner explores his usual themes--memory, history. black/white/Indian relations, the South, slavery, ownership, etc.--in a way that's just as compelling as in Absalom, Absalom or Sound and the Fury. It's a collection of short stories which I believe are meant to be read in order, unlike other collections. We get different viewpoints from different characters at different ages. When you're tempted to give up in the middle of a 5-page-long sentence, don't. Fascinating
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The greatest novella in American literature?, 20. Januar 2000
The Bear is without doubt the greatest novella in American literature. Two things set The Bear apart: It's treatment of nature and its coming-of-age theme. I've never seen a better story for a Clint Eastwood or Billy Bob Thornton film that wasn't filmed by either. Further, for Faulkner fans, note the introduction of the Sartoris clan.
If you think Cormac McCarthy was worthy of the National Book Award for 'All the Pretty Horses' (which he was) do NOT miss The Bear.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, 3. September 1997
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A wonderful book with seven interrelated stories that cut into the American heart and psyche
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