One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, THE REIVERS is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues-involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail. THE REIVERS was first published in 1962, barely a month before Faulkner's death that July.
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The place to begin
The Reivers chronicles a journey through the early 20th century South and is an excellent beginning point for a journey through William Faulkner's vision of that time and place. With an engaging storyline and comic characters, Faulkner touches on many of the themes addressed in his other works without the complexities presented in their style. The narrator of this audiobook catches the tone of the book well and clearly reads Faulkner's masterful prose.