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.
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Reading Group Guides – Fiction Discussion Questions
LitLovers – Generic Questions for Fiction
On the Web:
Nobel Prize Website – Includes a Brief Biography, an Award Ceremony video, and Faulkner’s speech
The Paris Review – A 1956 interview with William Faulkner
American Writers II – Writings of William Faulkner (video)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
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