Requiem for a Nun

by William Faulkner

Paperback, 1975

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Vintage (1975), 256 pages


This sequel to Faulkner's most sensational, Sanctuary, was written twenty years later but takes up the story of Temple Drake eight years after the events related in Sanctuary. Temple is now married to Gowan Stevens. The book begins when the death sentence is pronounced on the nurse Nancy for the murder of Temple and Gowan's child. Told partly in prose, partly in play form, Requiem for a Nun is a haunting exploration of the impact of the past on the present.

User reviews

LibraryThing member BeaverMeyer
Now this was strange: part novel and part play and part who knows what. Faulkner's always trying to push the envelope here. It follows Temple Drake after her appearance in Sanctuary, but it's not as exciting of a read. There are better Faulkner books out there.
LibraryThing member Schmerguls
I did not post-reading note but was suitably impressed by this book




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