''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].
The plot spans several decades before, during, and after the civil war, describing the intertwined fates of several southern families.
The title comes from the biblical story of Absalom, a son of David, and refers to the ultimate fate of the Sutpens.
!!This Novel Contains Examples Of:
* BigFancyHouse: Sutpen builds one with the help of a bunch of slaves and a French architect, although it is fallen into disrepair by the end of the novel.
* BrotherSisterIncest: It's vaguely implied that Henry has a thing for his sister Judith, as well as the fact that [[spoiler: Charles is Judith's half-brother]]. Also there's Quentin.
* DownerEnding: Not only in the tale of the Sutpens, but especially if you know what happens to Quentin afterward.
* HeirClubForMen: Sutpen keeps remarrying in the hope of producing a male (white) heir to continue his legacy.
* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: The reason Charles cannot marry Judith is because he is her half-brother, and Sutpen's illigitemate son]].
* IWillWaitForYou: Judith to Charles
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Henry protects the honor of his sister Judith by [[spoiler: killing Charles, her fiance, after finding out that he is their father's illegitimate son. Strangely, he's perfectly okay with the incest. What he ultimately can't abide is that Charles is part black]].
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The title comes from the biblical story of Absalom.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Sutpen renounces his marriage to a plantation owner's daughter after finding out she has black blood.
* PunnyName: Rosa Coldfield, forever a virgin.
* RagsToRiches: Sutpen, although this being Faulkner, it then goes back down the other way.
* TheRashomon: The story has several different narrators, each with their own biases about what happened to the Sutpens, and it is left up to the reader to decide what is true.