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The sequel to Faulkner’s most sensational novel Sanctuary, was written Told partly in prose, partly in play form, Requiem for a Nun is a. ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ Nancy, a black nursemaid, is about to be hanged for killing her mistress’s baby. The mother, Temple Drake, knows the. Switching between narrative prose and play script, this is Faulkner’s haunting sequel to his earlier bestseller, Sanctuary. Read more.

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Paperbackpages. Published May 12th by Vintage first published Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi United States. National Book Award Finalist for Fiction To see what your faulknef thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Requiem for a Nunplease sign up. What is the Chicago citation for this book? See all 3 questions about Requiem for a Nun…. Lists with This Book. May 20, mark monday rated it it was ok Shelves: He had three younger brothers: Soon after his first birthday, his family moved to Ripley, Mississippi.

On September 21,the Falkner family settled in Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his l William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi.

On September 21,the Falkner family settled in Oxford, where he lived on and off for the rest of his life. His family, particularly his mother Maud, rrquiem maternal grandmother Lelia Butler, and Caroline “Callie” Barr the black woman who raised him from infancy crucially influenced the development of Faulkner’s artistic imagination.

Both his mother and grandmother were avid readers and also painters and photographers, educating him in visual language, and thank you Wikipedia for all of this personal history that doesn’t have a whole lot to do with this review. Faulkner is all about the history and context of a person, and in Requiem for a Nun, of a place.

It is a curious book in that at least half of it is an absorbing faux-history lesson – one requiek doesn’t have a whole lot to do with what the book is supposedly about. Falkner what is the point of Requiem? It appears to be a continuation of Temple Drake’s story from Sanctuary, in play form. Temple Drakewringing her hands, her voice on the edge of hysteria: My dead eyes refuse to cry but my angst smolders and burns!

It is what I have been placed in this story to do! My spirituality and my checkered past and my willingness to sacrifice myself for some sad, trifling white woman illustrates my innate saintliness! Also, I murdered Temple’s baby because sometime you have to kill an infant so that a wife can be forced to stay with her husband and not run off like some slattern! Hallelujah, oh glory be! Off I go to die! You die so that I shall live!


And that’s not messed up at all, no way, not one little bit! I’m sorry, what was your name again? I think I shall write more about the history and context of a certain place because why not, I’m motherfuckin’ Faulkner and I do what I wanna do! Swooningly beautiful in that classic, often hypnotic Faulkner way, full of these gloriously long, long, looooong sentences; writing that is subtle and ironic and often a deadpan sort of humorous – my favorite.

Style to die for, which is a rare and wonderful thing faulkneg reading history. I could get lost in that kind of prose, and I often did. Lost in the best sort of way.

I often forgot that this book was supposed to be about irritating, useless Temple Drake View all 11 comments. Apr 07, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it. This sequel to “Sanctuary” is so much better than that one, it almost makes up for having to wade through that one just to read this one. It tells us what really happened to Temple Drake, and is set 8 years after her abduction. The style is very different, written in a combination of prose and play dialogue.

I wasn’t sure I would be happy with that before beginning, but by the end thought it was just more example of Faulkner’s willingness to take chances in his literature. If you read “Sanctuary This sequel to “Sanctuary” is so nuun better than that one, it almost makes up for having to wade through that one just to read this one. If you read “Sanctuary”, this is a must, but don’t read this as a stand alone.

Not the place for anyone reading Faulkner for the first time to start, but the history of Jefferson and Yoknapotawpha County given in Act 1 was really helpful to me in understanding characters and timelines from earlier novels.

View all 7 comments. Apr 16, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: Faulkner’s sequel to Sanctuary, set eight years later with Gequiem Drake married to Gowan Stevens, gives a more complete picture of the inner workings of this woman’s mind and soul, though it remains far from ffor in true Faulkner fot.

Temple seems a very damaged woman, but when that damage began and who inflicted it cannot be answered. Was it when Gowan crashed his requifm Or perhaps her decision to meet him for that game?

Or later with Popeye? Or earlier, as an overly faulknr and protected da Faulkner’s sequel to Sanctuary, set eight years later with Temple Drake married faulkher Gowan Stevens, gives a more complete picture of the inner workings of this woman’s mind and soul, though it remains far from clear reuqiem true Faulkner style. Or earlier, as an overly cherished and protected daughter of Jefferson, Mississippi prominence? As a young woman of entitlement, she had always done what she wished to do. For me she is not evil so much as incapable of being a full human being.


There is something missing in her, perhaps the ability to truly relate to others.

Faulkner has chosen an interesting structure for Requiem. There are discourses on the long history of Jefferson and the surrounding county, some parts exquisitely told, separated by a three act play whose major players are Lawyer Gavin Stevens and Temple Drake. The play contains very detailed stage directions, such as are found in the plays of Tennessee Williams. These add greatly to both understanding and enjoyment.

Any one planning to read this book really should read Sanctuary first. The connections are very specific.

Requiem For A Nun

And I would suggest reading Requiem soon after. I have purposefully not provided much specific plot information jun. That would only serve to spoil a future reader’s enjoyment.

And, as I see it, Temple is the rather inscrutable center of both books. View all 6 comments. Dec 02, Gill rated it liked it Shelves: It has a strange structure.

Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner

It’s written in 3 Acts. Each ‘Act’ is in two sections; the first is a narrative, linked to the history of the jail and courthouse in Jefferson the fictionalised town where Faulkner set so many of his novels ; the second part is written as a play script taking up the story of Temple Drake, 8 years after the events in Sanctuary. I felt the play script sections were wri 3.

I felt the play script sections were written in a rather plodding fajlkner, although they did give me a better understanding of some of the events in the earlier book. With the narrative sections, for much of the time I felt that I was reading a parody of Faulkner’s writing style. And then, we reached Act 3.

I thought the narrative section here was brilliant. It was Faulkner at his best, sending faulkjer down my spine. In my opinion, nobody else writes about the history and legacy of the southern states in such an emotive and impressive way. The best known quote from Requiem for a Requiej is ‘The past is never rewuiem. It’s not even past’, but there are many others.

I especially like ‘ View all 3 comments. Faulkner experiments with a very different plot device and structure in “Requiem For a Nun. In his prose, Faulkner traces the development of society’s need for law. In his drama, he illustrates that the enforcement of law does not necessarily render justice. In the process, Temple is forced to examine her actions in and following “Sanctuary,” and her recognition of her choices between good and evil.

It is here that we find this oft quoted passage. It’s not even past. The only way we can find redemption for the gequiem we commit is to recognize those repercussions and suffer for them, though the law does not make us responsible for those acts.