Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rowan Oak / William Faulkner

Rowan Oak was William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi, for more than thirty years.

The grounds are beautiful, and I like to imagine him walking here, plotting new stories.

The house is having a face lift, and the screens you see on each side kept us from seeing the complete exterior of the house.

Mr. Faulkner commented that he wanted his obituary to read, "He wrote books, and then he died." His readers loved him too much for that to happen.  

His books are challenging for me; I think  and rethink about them for days after I finish reading one. A few weeks ago, I read As I Lay Dying, and finished it feeling like I knew all the characters personally, His books do not have happy endings, but ones that are remembered long after the book is back on the shelf.