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Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2014
One of Faulkner's funniest novels, often overlooked, full of irony including towards himself -or the author, who makes a Hitchcock -like appearance at one point only to be mockingly disparaged.His first quality novel, 1927, (the previous, and historically earliest one, actually considered of far greater import, though to my mind a quasi-romance novel) is already perfect. The humor, tragedy, breathtaking style and other recurring motifs, such as class distinctions in the South prominent, displayed in a cruel, tragic or grotesque fashion. Hence, for instance, the humiliation of the protagonist, Taliafero,forever playing hide-and-seek with himself and those around him, when a young New Orleans girl correctly pronounces his surname as 'TARVER'. Other characters are nameless, such as " The Poet", akin to set-types in medieval Morality plays; the Poet does not seem to produce any work, but looks gloomy on cue and speaks with the mandatory terseness and foreboding. The plot, as typically in Faukner, is overwelwelmed by the writing. The novelist was a poet, the art form he valued over all others and considered he had failed at. His generosity of spirit hence prevails.