As I Lay Dying

The Corrected Text

Faulkner, William

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
As I Lay Dying
The members of a Southern family contribute their individual tribulations to this encompassing impression of rural poverty.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, [2000]
Edition: 2000 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 0375504524
Branch Call Number: FICTION FAULKNER
Characteristics: vii, 261 p. ;,19 cm


From Library Staff

"The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish - noble or selfish - to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. The book is told in... Read More »

The book is narrated by 15 different characters over 59 chapters. It is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest and motivations – noble or selfish – to honor her wish to be buried in the town of Jefferson.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 08, 2014

A difficult read but a worthy anodyne to the pablum that passes as good reading. Indeed, it could have been written in an easier-to-read expository form, but it is worth the effort. Even after reading notes on the book, one still has lingering questions, but that's how life itself has too. If nothing else, Faulkner may have been trying to tell us not to expect everything to make sense.

Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A slow start, but momentum keeps building through the whole book and has you racing towards the end. There's a lot to untangle, but it's one of the most fantastic examples of classic literature that I've read.

Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Faulkner's book of the Bundren family en route to bury Addie Bundren, their mother and wife, in her family cemetery at quite a distance from their home. At times humourous, this book is wonderful for character study; each chapter is a stream-of-consciousness of each character's thoughts, giving a total of fifteen different narrators. (July 2003)

Jan 08, 2011
  • wherethewildthymeblows rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this book in my AP English class. I got a lot out of it and the class discussions, but I'm sure if I had read it on my own I would've quit part way through. Definitely some interesting characters and a lot of insight into the deep south culture. I don't think it was a waste of time, but I won't read it again and don't recommend it UNLESS you like this type of stream of consciousness book, then I'm sure you'll love it.

Dec 11, 2010
  • GrumpyDave rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

No. 35 - Modern Library's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century

Aug 05, 2010
  • alexy93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A must read before you lay dying:) very complex themes: loneliness & isolation, meaning of life, religion, poverty, etc.

May 28, 2010
  • The_Bill rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this story to be full of engaging and powerful moments, but I didn't get much out of its ending. Perhaps that is my fault and not Faulkner's...


Add a Summary

Sep 30, 2009

The Bundren family take the body of Addie, the family matriarch to the place she wished to be buried. Along the way each member tells their private thoughts about Addie.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Find it at MCL