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Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses, Old Man, The Bear

Three Famous Short Novels Spotted Horses Old Man The Bear You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore William Faulkner These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner each representative of his work as a

  • Title: Three Famous Short Novels: Spotted Horses, Old Man, The Bear
  • Author: William Faulkner
  • ISBN: 9780307946751
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore William Faulkner These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner, each representative of his work as a whole Spotted Horses is a hilarious account of a horse auction, and pits the cold practicality of women against the boyish folly of men Old Man is something of an adv You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore William Faulkner These short works offer three different approaches to Faulkner, each representative of his work as a whole Spotted Horses is a hilarious account of a horse auction, and pits the cold practicality of women against the boyish folly of men Old Man is something of an adventure story When a flood ravages the countryside of the lower Mississippi, a convict finds himself adrift with a pregnant woman And The Bear, perhaps his best known shorter work, is the story of a boy s coming to terms wit the adult world By learning how to hunt, the boy is taught the real meaning of pride, humility, and courage.

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    1. THE BEAR"Courage and honor and pride, and pity and love of justice and of liberty. They all touch the heart, and what the heart holds to become truth, as far as we know truth."The story of a boy, Isaac, who joins a hunting party for several summers, trying to kill Old Ben, an almost immortal and huge bear, a kind of a legend and a symbol of the power and the balance of nature. Seven times Isaac sees it, and once he forgives its life, forming a kind of unspoken tie with each other. Sam Fathers, a [...]

    2. Spotted Horses felt a little padded and boring, but had some amusing parts. Old Man was much more interesting, although admittedly a little rambling. The Bear, however, is a goddam masterpiece, rightfully praised. It surely belongs in an elevated position along with the rest of Faulkner's great works. For the most part, Faulkner is working in familiar territory, evoking the death of his beloved South. However, I'm not sure if he ever hit this issue in such a direct or emotionally engaging manner [...]

    3. I only read "The Bear"(and only half of that) but doesn't have just "The Bear" alone, without "Spotted Horses" and "Old Man" and neither did the library so what can I do? I adored the first half of "The Bear", which gave me a whole new perspective on hunting, but then it got all philosophical about the environment and I lost interest. Ironic since I picked this up based on it's inclusion on Newsweek's list of 50 books for our time and it made that list because of it's importance as an environme [...]

    4. 'The Bear' was my fourth Faulkner novel in eight weeks! It contains many passages that highlight Faulkner's sheer brilliance as a prose writer. The story starts with a simplistic plot of a boy (Ike McCaslin) participating in a ritual to reach manhood; but then divulges into many other critical American themes such as race, slavery, investigating the past, exploring the wilderness, etc. The novella's five sections were formerly published separately in different journals and were finally combined [...]

    5. I've read The Bear - the first time I've read any Faulkner since my 20s (when I read him extensively). I was too young to appreciate his writing properly then, I think - too literal and too uptight in my reading. I used to love the atmosphere and the dynamism of much of the writing, but I don't think it really came properly alive for me.Now, 20-plus years later, reading The Bear, I can see all the pluses and pitfalls of my Faulkner reading compressed into 100 or so pages, but I can sit back from [...]

    6. Three Famous Short Novels by William Faulkner did not let me down. Old Man made my eyes water but, The Bear turned the faucet on (if that makes sense?). Faulkner has not let me down yet.

    7. 19 October | I've just finished The Bear. I liked it-- I was reminded of Gary Paulsen and Godforbid-- Why Are We In Vietnam. And then part 4 happened and I was lost and there were no periods and no capitalization and I'm sorry but I like format and I just didn't get it that was not simple-- why do people say Faulkner is simple?This was my first introduction to Faulkner and I can't say it was very good-- I'm planning on finishing this little anthology-- but I doubt I'll like those better.28 Octob [...]

    8. Blimey! That was an adult's portion. I loved it but boy are you made to work for it? The first story had me chuckling in a way I can't remember doing to Faulkner. "Hey!" I thought, "I've got used to his style". The second story made me do a little more work. It also made me laugh from time to time on this odyssey. I got a sense that both Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brothers had read this one. So much humanity. So much feeling. Such magnificent use of prose. The Bear is a monster. The rules of g [...]

    9. So, clearly this is actually three separate novellas in one volume. So to break it down:Spotted Horses is a comedic tale. Honestly, it fell a little flat for me. It dragged quite a bit, but as "slice of life" it wasn't entirely bad. 2/5Old Man is at heart an adventure tale and a tale of struggling to survive when everything has been provided for you. There's a cautionary tale of how the prison system from time immemorial has only prepared prisoners to be prisoners. 3/5The Bear is the real gem in [...]

    10. Reading these three novels was an interesting experience; there were times when I felt compelled to throw the book against the wall, and other times when I felt close to appreciating what it was that granted Faulkner the status his name enjoys. This was the first book of his I have read, and it took discipline to read the entire thing. He bends the rules of punctuation and seems to enjoy writing paragraphs that last 2-3 pages without break. At times it's beautiful; at other times it's infuriatin [...]

    11. It was interesting yet confusing, the way it jumped from past to middle to present. I did not know if or when he talking at age 10yrs or 16yrs or 80yrs old. I liked it very much and would mostly read it again.

    12. Ok, these are great excerpts, but it is patently false to call these "Famous short novels"; these are chunks taken out of famous novels. This should really be advertised more prominently on this collection.That said, they are all excellent and do stand alone successfully.

    13. I still read this guy for pleasure, how could you not. Not many people write the way this man did, and though it is not easy writing to get through, the rewards are more than worth it The Bear is my new favorite work of his

    14. In my first reading of Faulkner, found him quite turgid. The narrative is absolutely intense. Now for his longer works

    15. As far as my reading challenge for this year goes, I wish I could count each one of these as one book. Oh well.Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of Faulkner to begin with and none of these stories did much for me. Spotted Horses has some funny bits but in the end, as far as I see it, is just a tragic recital of society's mistreatment of women; The Bear could have been good but Faulkner goes experimental on us (yes, I know, just as the young man is learning who he is and that makes sense but I don't lik [...]

    16. Spotted Horses a Texan has a bunch of wild horses and he sells two and gives away the rest. Then they escape while the purchasers are trying to catch them and all hell breaks loose. Then there's a lawsuit for damages and the woman gets ownership of the wild horse, if she can catch him I guess. Old Man's about convicts and a flood. And of course, one naturally gets away in the commotion and is presumed dead. But he actually ends up in a boat with a pregnant woman who labors in the boat. Then they [...]

    17. Faulkner can be difficult to get through. The language, cadence, punctuation ( and lack of ) all created a path of knee-deep mud that gave little purchase and only occasionally provided enough dry land to establish some forward mobility. Enough at times to keep me reading to the end of each of these three novellas. I wish I could say I enjoyed the journey; I wish I could say I knew exactly the path we took to arrive. I had read Faulkner's major works years ago so wasn't unprepared but I struggle [...]

    18. "All life consists of having to get up sooner or later and then having to lie down again sooner or later after a while." "A mule will work for you ten years for the privilege of kicking you once."Both the quotes above come from the story/novella "Old Man", my favorite of this collection. I tend to agree with Ernest Hemingway, who said of Faulkner in a letter in 1952: "I enjoy reading him when he is good but always feel like hell that he is not better."

    19. William Faulkner is one of Americas most celebrated authors. I believe everyone should read something by this author. I personally had some disconnect with Faulkner's writing style, but I do honor him for his accomplishments as an author. I enjoy reading books from literary masters like Faulkner. Happy reading.

    20. To break up the three stories, Spotted would rate only 2*, Old Man 4* and The Bear also 4*. The Bear might warrant a 5 star if I could read Cliff Notes to explain and then read through the confusing section again where "he" as an adult is talking with his cousin McCaslin about their ancestors.

    21. There were many moments of pleasure reading this collection, but Faulkner's style makes you work for those moments. His descriptions, his compaction of a person's or a place's history into one very long sentence, his changing of nouns into adjectives and vice versa, all that you expect of Faulkner are here, but also the maddening inability to let one read without making one guess constantly who the subject of this long sentence is and when and where are we in time and space.I have given up on se [...]

    22. This collection (particularly The Bear) initiated me into the wonderful world of William Faulkner back in high school. At the time I was not sure what drew me to this thick description of a bear hunt in Yoknapatawpha county, but as I've aged and read (and re-read) Faulkner, I realize that it is the stark beauty of his prose and his ability to delve deeply into characterization and the mysteries of coming of age. Not much happens in the story, as it turns out, but the characters are forever burne [...]

    23. Spotted horsesmy impression: stunning prose, increadible observation, the spectrum of mankinddepedia/wiki/SpottedThe Bearfor Ike, represents both the primal force of nature as well as the unbridled freedom, the indomitable independence, of the human spirit. Hunting, therefore, is analogous to man's attempt to control nature. His decision not to kill the bear is a moral choice rooted in his veneration of nature, as well as his desire to break free from the heritage that haunts him. As he can choo [...]

    24. My dad told me this story about when he was in the Navy, before he was married to mother, when he a few of his ship-mates were on leave somewhere in Europe. Naturally, they ended up in a bar, drinking and hitting on women and what-not. One of his buddies in particular scored big by attracting the attention of a tall, beautiful, blond girl. They hit it off pretty quick, and as one thing leads to another, they eventually find their way to a more secluded area of the bar. At this point, my dad says [...]

    25. Tough to rate as it's a collection of three stories."Spotted Horses" feels very embryonic, with Faulkner spending the bulk of the story establishing characters and elaborating on the wild and untameable nature of the titular horses, as if in preparation for a larger story. However, after all of that set-up, he rushes through the brief second (and final) chapter with an uncharacteristically ham-handed bit of preaching on the vulnerability of poor, ignorant and uneducated folk in the rural South." [...]

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