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ISBN: 0553146688
Author: William Styron
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell; First Edition edition (October 1981)
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.6
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The Confessions of Nat Turner is a 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by . writer William Styron. Presented as a first-person narrative by historical figure Nat Turner, the novel concerns the slave revolt in Virginia in 1831

The Confessions of Nat Turner is a 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by . Presented as a first-person narrative by historical figure Nat Turner, the novel concerns the slave revolt in Virginia in 1831.

Home William Styron The Confessions of Nat Turner. The Confessions of Nat Turner. The confessions of nat . .The Confessions of Nat Turner, . 0. Gray picked up the confessions from the table, shuffled through the pages briefly, and continued: Fifty-five white people went to a horrible death in this insurrection, your Honors, yet of this number Nat Turner was personally responsible for only one murder. One murder-this being that of Miss Margaret Whitehead, age eighteen, the comely and cultivated daughter of Mrs. Catherine Whitehead-also a victim of the insurrection-.

Nat Turner writes suspiciously like William Styron – and . By turns breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly poignant, William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner ranks among the most beautiful novels I’ve read

Nat Turner writes suspiciously like William Styron – and identifying author with character turns out to be of particular concern in a book like this. Where this moves from literary concerns to moral ones is the way Nat's stylistic flourishes are contrasted with the dialectal speech of other slaves. By turns breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreakingly poignant, William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner ranks among the most beautiful novels I’ve read. Though unavoidably polemical, the book is nonetheless a deeply stirring contemplation of man’s place in the universe and his duties to his fellow man.

Nat Turner is a galvanizing portrayal of the crushing institution of slavery, and Styron’s deeply layered characterization is a stunning rendering of one man’s violent struggle against oppression. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives. Fiction Biographical. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. This was an interesting book set from the perspective of the infamous narrator. I felt that the book had a lot to offer, especially for an aspiring writer such as myself, and I was only put off by the.

Set in 1831, The Confessions Of Nat Turner tells-in his own words-of a black man who awaits death in a Virginia jail cell

Set in 1831, The Confessions Of Nat Turner tells-in his own words-of a black man who awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. His name is Nat Turner and he is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in the history of that 'peculiar institution. Start reading The Confessions of Nat Turner: A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

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of ground behind the stable’s lowering wall, was that of Willis himself, and my heart gave a sickening heave as I caught sight of him and. As there came over me a chill, clammy sense of betrayal. But he said you could go to the camp meeting!. I fumed while I harnessed up the two mules, shortening their traces amid the manure-sweet stable gloom

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Against this backdrop, William Styron, a white writer, penned The Confessions of Nat Turner, a novel written . The book spent months atop the New York Times Best Sellers list, and netted Styron a Pulitzer in 1968.

Against this backdrop, William Styron, a white writer, penned The Confessions of Nat Turner, a novel written from the point of view of a black slave facing execution. For white and black readers alike, it made quite an impact. But black readers found the book-ostensibly a liberal text meant to highlight the horrors of slavery and advocate for an end to oppression-to be offensive and revealing of liberal.

In 1831 Nat Turner awaits death in a Virginia jail cell. He is a slave, a preacher, and the leader of the only effective slave revolt in the history of 'that peculiar institution'. William Styron's ambitious and stunningly accomplished novel is Turner's confession, made to his jailers under the duress of his God. Encompasses the betrayals, cruelties and humiliations that made up slavery - and that still sear the collective psyches of both races.

Comments:

Kerry
I love this book - it makes me very uneasy though to praise it. Today's sensitive racial climate suggests that only a black man can write fiction about a black man's life. James Baldwin disagreed, but at the same time the enormity of the injustices almost compels a veto on the idea. However, this probably makes the book a singular experience, and one I value very much.
lacki
I bought this book thinking it would provide additional details of Nat Turner's rebellion, and then learned that no one possesses detailed documentation of that time. Doesn't matter. I disagree with the criticism that the book is racist. If one were to take only those criticized passages and read them out of context, then yes, one could think Nat Turner's sexual fantasies were written as part of a racist stereotype. But, I think the critics miss the point. The fantasies illustrate the white attitude towards Nat that he is less than a man. When a beautiful young white woman interacted with Nat Turner as if he were an innocent child, and not a man, the fantasies lept to his mind without his control. I think this is part of Styron's strategy in imagining the myriad psychological effects slavery had on a person. Besides, the author doesn't have Nat going off and intentionally daydreaming sexual fantasies. Turner's intentional thoughts are more lofty. The point, I think was to show that he is a normal man, not treated as such by those in power. That is why he hates the women so much when these feelings emerged. But, really, these are minor passages in the book, compared to everything else used by the author to convey what the life of a slave might have been like.

I immersed myself in the style and feeling of this book, just as much as I noted story details, which we must remember were mostly developed in Styron's mind, in order to present the oppression of slavery permeating the psychology, society, and culture of everyone in that time setting. Often, Nat finds himself traded for oxen when he works temporarily on another farm. Even white characters portrayed as the nicer slave owners verbalize the insulting attitudes, indicating that they are kind to animals. Thus twisted message of their attitude towards the rank of black people becomes clear. There can never be kindness in an institution that allows one person to own another, simply as a beast of burden. As a result, justification emerged among whites, as a psychological defense, that the institution was required, based on racial superiority. Whether the white person considered himself a benevolent master, providing housing and food in return for work, or whether the white person was a sadist towards any human under his control, the fact remained that both types of whites believed that black people were so incapable of taking care of themselves that generally they had to be owned! That is the message that was conveyed to me through Styron's imaginative interpretation of circumstances that would have driven Nat Turner to take the actions he did. The attitudes of all whites, and of the culture, conveyed this message, and it was not surprising that some victims of the horrors of slavery were then driven to murderous rage.

I thought the book was a masterpiece. Let yourself become immersed in the feelings generated through the author's story telling, and remember that generating these feelings is the intent of the author, because very little is actually known about Turner's individual life. What a horrific, sad legacy in our history, this idea that one human being could legally be owned by another. This book makes sure we do not forget.
the monster
This is a tough one to review. Due to the subject, it is very difficult for one, in this day, to separate the book from the fact that it was written by a white Southerner. Obviously, this issue has been central to public discourse about it, as Styron himself acknowledges in the Afterword.

Ultimately though, one has to judge the book on its own merits, right? Without question, Styron writes well. His prose is enjoyable to read in this as well as his other books. In historical fiction, though, characterization and authenticity are important. And the choices he makes for his (version of the) protagonist are questionable. Perhaps predictably, my big questions center on those choices that invited the most controversy in the book's early days. Namely, is there any reason to throw in a homosexual incident? It doesn't seem to fit the character we're watching. Would an educated Nat really have had rape fantasies about a white woman? Is the implication that it's in his nature?

You see? One is immediately drawn into the socio-political issues. They're hard not to think about. But here's an even more challenging question. Would I (or anyone else) object to the choices made had Styron's friend James Baldwin made them? I feel like I end up projecting my own take on slavery and race relations onto the book, including all the baggage that comes with that. Unfortunately, that makes this review so subjective as to be not very valuable. As a sidebar, I wonder if this book has come to be seen as ground zero for the intellectual movement against so-called cultural appropriation?

For what it's worth, I'd recommend reading the book.
Onnell
“The Confessions of Nat Turner” William Styron, 1966
Compelling is the word that comes to mind. This is a work of fiction based upon the actual event of Turners 1831 bloody insurrection. It is my option that a reasonably accurate portrayal of slave life and slave/slave owner relationships is presented. I will say that for my own part that, most of the time I was rooting for Nat. I don’t know that I have a clear understanding of Nat’s hatred except in the obvious; except for his education, why was his hatred so deep as to cause him to this violence? (In an afterword, Styron states that he believes Nat was insane but that in his novel he did not want an insane Nat) A thought that I had as I read the accounting was what if Turner had directed his energies toward educating other slaves? (Of course this would have been illegal but Nat’ owmer educated him.)
A compelling read and I’m giving it
5 full stars.
Pemand
I have always known about Nat Turner and the slave revolt. He and his men are a story of courage, who give their lives to battle an ocean of injustice, only to end up removing only a few capfuls of its bitter water.

The author's account of the deeds of Nat Turner are fact. but the narrative of his slave life, focused on the physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual, psychological, biological and moral aspects of this being, fluctuates between fact and fiction, and has generated both positive and negative responses to his work.

Besides his elaborate focus on the slave leader, the author tells a second important story--that of slave owners and their dependents. The author, an admitted southerner and descendent of slave owners, brings first hand knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of both groups, as well as the slave system in the U.S., which, I believe, gives credibility to this important work.

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