The Reivers-Where is the love?

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The Reivers-Where is the love?

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Oct 16, 2012, 2:28pm

I just finished The Reivers for the umpteenth time. It's probably my favorite Faulkner novel, even though I know it's nowhere near his best.
Now, I'm no Faulkner scholar, but it seems like The Reivers is pretty much ignored.
Is it because it's so different than his other work? That it might give a misleading impression of his writing?
Is there another reason?
What do you think?

May 16, 2013, 8:32am

Hi, Charlie. Sorry it took me so long to see your post. I love The Reivers a much as any of Faulkner's other novels (more than a few of them!). It is the work of a mature genius, and doesn't exactly break new ground, so it isn't one that gets featured in literature courses. But he is at his best with his characters, settings and situations. It's one of the novels to read for pure enjoyment, without worrying about "what he's doing here". I think it's time for me to read it again for the umpteenth time!