Absalom, Absalom! Tough-o-Meter
By William Faulkner
Advertisement - Guide continues below
(8) Snow Line
We can't lie: this one's a doozy. The sentences are long, the chronology is all mixed up, the story is full of flashbacks and speculation, and you can't trust the narrators. Absalom, Absalom! is known to be Faulkner's most difficult book – and his others are not exactly The Cat in the Hat.
That said, with the right tools – a family tree, a dictionary, a chronology, and of course, Shmoop – you can enjoy the book for its intricate story and eloquent writing. Here's our advice: take your time as you read this book. If you get confused, keep reading – most (most) of the story will eventually become clear.
Absalom, Absalom! Tough-o-Meter Study Group
Ask questions, get answers, and discuss with others.
Tired of ads?
Join today and never see them again.
- What's Up With the Title?
- What's Up With the Ending?
- Writing Style
- Biblical Allegory of Absalom
- Haunting, Curses, and Ghosts (Oh My!)
- Civil War
- Heroic Imagery
- Narrator Point of View
- Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis
- Plot Analysis
- Three-Act Plot Analysis