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11.06.10 Faulkner, William, The Reivers, published in 1962.

For the title this, one of his later works, William Faulkner adopted the term “Reivers,”  which is an old name for the bandits who raided along the English-Scots border over many centuries.   THE REIVERS   begins with Grandfather’s instructions as to the right behavior for an honorable man.  There follows a rollicking comic epic  of  what happens when the grandson who received the advice, with a couple of rowdy companions, from their start down a ways in Mississippi, heads off to Memphis hell-bent on having a good time.   At the end, after many adventures and setbacks, it  appears that Grandfather was right after all. 

As always Faulkner tale is rich in character  and  revealing as to time and place. There is a pretty good movie version starring Steve McQueen.

The audiobook by is terrific narration, more fun to listen to than to read yourself.

For our overview of the works of William Faulkner go to 20.00.06.