Absalom, Absalom! is the story of Thomas Sutpen, a Virginia native who rises to become a powerful slaveholder in Mississippi before the Civil War. Sutpen's journey is narrated and reinterpreted by the grandson of a friend, university student Quentin Compson, and by Rosa Coldfield who knew Sutpen personally. The sordid details of Sutpen's life and his attempts to become a patriarch and dynasty-builder are filtered and re-filtered through various narrators, creating a quintessentially Southern narrative of violence and frustrated ambition.
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