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Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2013
Quite unlike many of Faulkner's later novels, _Mosquitoes_ is not nearly as densely written as those. In _Mosquitoes_ there were few if any run on sentences. It is a fairly easy book to read, but I found it far less interesting and fairly inconsequential compared to the other novels. I would call the novel a human interest, if not soap opera type of story. The passengers are brought together for a four day pleasure boat ride, on a yacht owned by the wealthy Mrs. Maurier, a patroness of the arts. On the yacht were writers, poets, and artists of all sorts. Based on the book's introduction and epilogue, Faulkner described about some of the male passengers based on writers that he personally knew. Some of the passengers were interested in meeting people of the opposite sex for romantic purposes. The conversations over heard in the novel were not particularly stimulating.

One of the patrons, Mr. Talliaferro, a lonely widower, had particular difficulty in relating to women. He came to believe that he was too much of a shy, retiring personality for women to be interested in him. Toward the end of the book he concludes that if only he could break out of his shell, and be forceful with women, they would fall into his lap.

Included on the guest list were Mrs. Maruier's niece
and nephew. Mr. Talliaferro develops an interest in Jenny, a friend of Mrs. Maurier's niece, but Jenny does not return the favor to Mr. Talliaferro. In fact the nephew steals a certain part of the yacht's engine he needed for an experiment he was working on. The result was that the yacht became stranded for several days. Jenny runs off with the boat's steward, which results in their getting temporarily lost.

_Mosquitoes_ does not delve deeply into the passenger's characters and personalities, but its occasional humor and mild adventures keep the story moving to some extent. I would suggest that one should read some of Mr. Faulkner's latter novels to get the taste of the Faulkner style of writing, which, while rather complex, are far more interestingly plotted.
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