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New Orleans sketches (2002, University Press of Mississippi) 4 stars

Review of 'New Orleans sketches' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

All color and no substance. Picked up these sketches from earlier in Faulkner's career because I visited New Orleans and fell for the tourist trap that is the house he stayed in for a few months: the so-called "Faulkner House" which he neither owned nor occupied for longer than a year.

Like the house named for him, his sketches have only a superficial relationship to New Orleans. He is overly clever in his descriptions, and comes across contrived, like a 1920s William Gibson. Many of the stories seem to drive toward a point, a moral, or a distinct impression, but fail to deliver. It's a shame, because these sketches do have some raw material from which he could have made genuine charm.

His piece entitled "Sunset" is where he completely lost me. He writes a fictional back story to a news clipping about a black man who kills 3 men. …