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  1. says:

    This is EXACTLY the kind of book I would have written in my early 20s had I not been lazy, talentless and drunk.


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    I m going to begin this review with the thought that somewhere along the line, someone had told this guy that he had a gift for descriptive prose and he got the erroneous idea that he could write an entire book of it Boy, did he There were three pages of description of a character walking through a door then three pages to describe how it felt to walk through the door with descriptions of the memories that were triggered by walking through the door I m sure it s an exaggeration but it feels true I will provide the disclaimer that I tend to be a plot driven reader but I m quite capable of appreciating vivid and important descriptive prose but this was just way too much So I get to the end and read about the author whose name I did not recognize when I began and realize what a rock star this guy was He wo...


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    William Styron s debut novel, Lie Down in Darkness, is the careful dissection of a family in the process of disintegrating I found it surprisingly Faulknerian in both style and content, and quite unlike my memories of Sophie s Choice.There is nothing uplifting or hopeful about this novel The characters are bruised, beaten and self destructive More than once, I would have liked to reach out and slap these parents soundly There is than one character who would make a study in how too much alcohol consumption can ruin a life, and I won t even hint at the corruption of the human spirit underlying these familial relationships.The hurt and damage has gone deep, and who, finally, lest it be God himself, could know where the circle, composed as it was of such tragic suspicions and misunderstandings, began, and where it ended Where indeed There is surely enough sadness, blame and deserved recrimination to go around.There is a sense of place that permeates the novel as well, the summer is hot and sticky, the sweat pours from brows, the stench of alcohol and sweat is everywhere This is the tidewater and unmistakably Southern you don t have to be a camp follower of reaction but always remember where you came from, the ground is bloody and full of guilt where you were born and...


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    What a dark and strange novel this is Told in fierce omniscient narration, Lie Down in Darkness is the story of a Southern family struck through with envy, vengeance, sorrow, and bitterness It is a family marked, even years before it occurs, by the suicide of one of the young Loftis daughters in the humid days after the United States dropped atomic bombs The novel opens out as it brushes against the African American spiritual followers of a man who calls himself Daddy Faith Jewish artists and intellectuals in New York City a wrenching World War and, growling underneath the surface, the struggle between guilt and pride in the South.William Styron s debut novel was published to great acclaim in 1951 and won the Prix de Rome by the American Academy in Rome I am not the first to be startled that William Styron was a mere 26 years old when he published this book Despite his years, he doesn t hesitate to claim a strong storytelling voice, to take a stance This is a hero less novel of judgments, and the narrator is not an exception.Zoom in on Port Warwick, Virginia Here is Milton Loftis, an alcoholic lawyer in his early 50s who once had political ambitions Here is his wife, Helen, who brought the money to the family Here are their two daughters Maudie, a mentally impaired cripple who dies over a horri...


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    She had wanted the future to be like a nice, long, congenial tea party, where everyone talked a little, danced a little and had polite manners She had come to the party and it had been ghastly everyone misbehaved and no one had a good time Well, welcome to the real world, where real life intrudes and the teacups go flying out the window.I have spent the last 5 days inside the heads of crazy people, and it has left me a little addled myself Styron s first novel is dark and brooding, a southern gothic tale about a Tidewater Virginia family bent on destroying itself It was vaguely reminiscent of Faulkner s The Sound and the Fury even including a sibling that was severely handicapped with a 3 year old mind Love and hate are taken to extremes in this family, with tragic consequences When the opening scenes are abo...


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    I read almost half of this book and realized I had no interest in finishing it The book starts with the death of Helen and Milton Loftis s daughter, Peyton Milton is a philandering alcoholic and Helen is a cold, c...


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    Sometimes three stars means a novel was a good experience Sometimes it means there was great and not great mixed together I have previously read Styron s The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie s Choice Neither was an easy read, but they were remarkable and memorable, and in many ways, enjoyable Reading Lie Down in Darkness was a painful experience The writing itself was quite beautiful The structure of the novel was unique and worked to support the story It is very hard to imagine this a first novel The craft seems so advanced.To love a novel I need something than story But I still need a story that grabs me I don t have to like the characters, but I need to feel something about them.The story of Loftis, Helen and Peyton is foretold in the first few pages of the novel There was no story to be told Only explanations I didn t like the characters or strongly dislike them I ...


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    Born into comfortable circumstances in a sleepy Virginia seaport, gifted with a fine mind, a lofty spirit, exceptional poise, a wry sense of humor and stunning good looks, Peyton Loftis should have had a life full of uncommon satisfactions Instead she was tormented from early childhood by a sense of being unloved and unworthy of love William Styron s debut novel, published in 1951, tells the story of a tragedy that resonates not only for its sadness but for its painful sense of the arbitrary nature of fate Outwardly Peyton Loftis seems blessed in so many ways, yet inwardly she is cursed by self loathing and her self destructive tendencies become and pronounced over time Is it the ugliness of the modern age that drives her to her fate Her death comes on the day the Atomic bomb explodes over Hiroshima Or is it the lingering taint of slave owning and the blood of the innocents shed over centuries, marinating in the dark and bloody soil of Virginia The reader is carried along by a dark tide of events, as Peyton grows from a precocious and thoroughly captivating ...


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    yet so archetypical is this South with is cancerous religiosity, its exhausting need to put manners before morals, to negate all ethos Call it a husk of a culture.The above quote summarises what I feel towards the South, and also why I, when I do not unwittingly borrow a book without knowing what it is about, try to avoid novels set in the South as much as possible I was mistaken it is not racism against African Americans that I prefer not to read about, excusing myself by saying Once you ve read one, you ve read it all, knowing perfectly well that the same could be said about any other topic, trivially No, I have pinpointed it down in the course of reading this novel it is the South, with all its tight appearances its fakery its religion and all that sin and guilt and sin and guilt and the heat, the sun, there is always the sun, unrelenting, yellowed leaves and insistent bees, the worn down tracks and stagnant puddles I don t like reading about the South And the neuroticism The obsessiveness Whirling and whirling, oh I ...


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    William Styron s first novel at 25 is my favorite, as much as I value what came later Peyton Loftis is a haunting figure, lusted after by her father, hated by her mother, and thus, probably doomed from early on But we get to see the fall There s nothing melodr...

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