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Short Description for Pylon "Pylon" is one of few works of Faulkner that occurs outside his usual setting of Mississippi. The story centers around a reporter following a crew of pilots and mechanics in town for an air show--particularly the tomboyish Laverne.
- Published: 29 November 2011
- Format: Paperback 285 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307946782 ISBN 10: 0307946789
- Sales rank: 266,138
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Full description for Pylon
One of the few of William Faulkner's works to be set outside his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, "Pylon," first published in 1935, takes place at an air show in a thinly disguised New Orleans named New Valois. An unnamed reporter for a local newspaper tries to understand a very modern menage a trois of flyers on the brainstorming circuit. These characters, Faulkner said, "were a fantastic and bizarre phenomenon on the face of the contemporary scene. . . . That is, there was really no place for them in the culture, in the economy, yet they were there, at that time, and everyone knew that they wouldn't last very long, which they didn't. . . . That they were outside the range of God, not only of respectability, of love, but of God too." In "Pylon" Faulkner set out to test their rootless modernity to see if there is any place in it for the old values of the human heart that are the central concerns of his best fiction.