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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After the war, he took some classes at the University of Mississippi and worked for a time at the university post office. Despite my preference to prose, the play has shown itself to be a very challenging and beautiful medium, though better yet in the context of a novel writer. It is just as good, but it is different. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter. That would only serve to spoil a future reader’s enjoyment.

It is what I have been placed in this story to do! What if the derogatory labels had been toned down? The format used here is quite unique.

Switching between narrative prose and play script, this is Faulkner’s haunting sequel to his earlier bestseller, Sanctuary. I was not interested in Temple, at first at least, although I became slightly interested in her story with Nancy near the end. Her air is brittle and tense.

Requiem For A Nun

She in fact enjoys what she did in the previous book and in one of the few passages in all of Faulkner’s work to directly reference religion, both Nancy the accused murderess and Temple muse on why God a Interspersing typically Faulknerian stretches of prose told in three Acts, the prose sections are all one sentence lasting anywhere from pages – yes, one sentence with dramatic sections written for the stage, this sequel to Sanctuary focuses on the consequences of Temple Drake’s actions.


The major theme of Requiem concerns spiritual redemption for past evil deeds through suffering and the recognition of one’s guilt. Requiem for a Nun Vintage Classics.

A center table with a lamp, chairs, sofa left rear, floor-lamp, wall-bracket lamps. The book begins when the death sentence is pronounced on the nurse Nancy for the Faulkner experiments with a very different plot device and structure in “Requiem For a Nun. In my opinion, nobody else writes about the history and legacy of the southern states in such an emotive and impressive way.

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During the war he had been discovered by Sartre and Camus and others in the French literary world. She fails to understand, even herself, what makes her unable to feel emotion as others do, and she carries the blame within her for her obvious shortcomings.

The Why is the meat of the whole thing and can’t be divorced from the lineage in the accompanying sections, for this might be the rarest, rawest expression of the faul,ner rot at the core of America.

Gowan tells Temple he too is sorry for his part in triggering the chain of events that happened eight years ago, but that the past is unn and over. Surprised this hasn’t been recently resurrected in the media. This is lesser Faulkner, but still the best work I’ve read in the last few months. May 18, Martin rated it liked it.


This model is incredibly effective. And the requiem is embodied the play bits, falsely staged, Temple Drake’s baby has been killed by her rescued-from-the-gutter nanny.

Dec 24, Galina rated it really liked it Shelves: Faulmner of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. After being rescued, Temple falsely accused another man, Goodwin, of being her rapist, causing Goodwin to be lynched by an angry mob.

Structurally, Requiem for a Nun is unlike any work Faulkner produced. I often forgot that this book was supposed to be about irritating, useless Temple Drake In the process, Temple is forced to examine her actions in and following “Sanctuary,” and her recognition of her choices between good and evil.

In the follow-up novel, Faulkner combines a mixture of novelistic forms—about the founding of Jefferson, the Golden Dome as the state capitol building in Jackson, and the longevity of the jail—and the dramatic form of the play for the present story about Temple Drake eight years later after the events of Sanctuary. This page was last edited on 18 Octoberat I felt the play script sections were written in a rather plodding style, although they did give me a better understanding of some of the events in the earlier book.