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Posted by douglas on October 12, 1998 at 18:46:09:
In Reply to: Sanctuary posted by Jo on October 06, 1998 at 21:15:58:
I didn't like Sanctuary that much. As others have noted, the book does have some redeeming qualities, but I think Faulkner runs into some major problems of credibility with this story. I mean, did Faulkner want his audience to believe that well-to-do Temple Drake, after being d with a corn cob, becomes a lowly prostitute? Maybe I'm misremembering or misinterpreting this work, but Temple's change/moral descent just seems way too sensational, rapid, and profound to be believable. Psychologically, the storyline seems shallow, lacking of insight, and non-appreciative of the complexity regarding the tension filled scenes Faulner creates. I found these aspects of the book to be disappointing because Faulkner usually excels in these areas. Maybe Faulkner was attempting to demonstate moral collapse, but I think he does so much more effectively and cogently in other works.
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