Discussion Notes: That Evening Sun
Find this week’s story here: That Evening Sun by William Faulkner
Next week’s story: Sal Wants to Sleep by Serena Johe
Rated: Explicit (clean language, adult themes)
This week the Literary Roadhouse hosts are joined by longtime listener
Richard Dennis. He is a retired corporate attorney who now lives and writes in northern Washington State. His short story “The Most Wanted” appears in the Winter 2018 edition of the literary journal Euphony. Previously, his story “Request for Reconsideration” appeared in the literary journal The Milo Review. Richard has studied with the Writers Studio Workshops and is currently working on his first novel.
Richard recommended that Literary Roadhouse finally get around to reading Faulkner, dangit! And our regular hosts couldn’t be more grateful for his recommendation of “That Evening Sun.” This story’s unapologetic and poignant critique on racism in the American South fueled a lively conversation that could have gone on for hours.
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Anais sat down with Richard to discuss his writing and career shift from corporate lawyer to fiction author. The interview is available to our patrons on Patreon.
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2 comments on That Evening Sun | William Faulkner | Literary Roadhouse Ep 128
You all should explore the religious implications of the story. The racial/sociological story is always just the surface symbolism for Faulkner. Explore why Faulkner insisted on naming this character Jesus?
The story is about the myth of human innocence, illusions, and the inevitability of death.
Great comment! Is there a Faulkner story you recommend we read next wherein the religious symbolism is very prominent? Would love to discuss that on the show.