The Hamlet

hemletThe Hamlet
by William Faulkner
1940 / 432 pages
read by Joe Barrett (A) 14h 39m
rating 9 / classic American
(read and listened)

The Hamlet is the first book of what is known as The Snopes Trilogy. Faulkner seems to be setting up some characters and background as well as the history of the Snopes family which is explored in the next two novels.  I plan to read these later this summer – (one book a month) –  I’ve wanted to read them since I was about 18 or 19.

The narrative of this volume consists of a collection of  interrelated stories in various lengths concerning some of the people in the fictional Yoknapatawpha  County,  specifically the tiny town of Frenchman’s Bend.   The events described mostly occurred in the early 20th century.  Some of them are more “Faulknerian” than others. This might be a good novel for a newcomer’s approach Faulkner,  but there are other approachable novels and stories. I’d recommend “The Bear,”  a powerful novella.  >>>>MORE>>>> 

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