Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

By William Faulkner

“Read, learn, learn. learn everything—trash, classics, sturdy and undesirable, and notice how they do it. similar to a chippie who works as an apprentice and stories the grasp. learn! You’ll take up it. Then write. whether it is strong, you’ll discover. If it’s no longer, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! is Faulkner’s epic story of Thomas Sutpen, an enigmatic stranger who involves Jefferson, Mississippi, within the early 1830s to wrest his mansion out of the muddy bottoms of the north Mississippi desolate tract. He was once a guy, Faulkner acknowledged, “who sought after sons and the sons destroyed him.”

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That decision was made on November 5 at a cabinet meeting that included representatives of the army, navy, and civilian government. Twelve days later, Yamamoto’s headquarters issued Combined Fleet General Order No. 1/Task Force Order No. 1 to the ships at Hitokappu Bay: “The Task Force [will sail and] attack the main force of the American Fleet in the Hawaii area and deal it a mortal blow . . ”8 Only a breakthrough by Nomura could stop the planned attack on Pearl Harbor now; after December 3, not even detection by American patrol craft could bring Admiral Nagumo’s force back home.

The general was so sure of himself that, on his way to Hawaii to assume his command, Short read a novel instead of briefing papers on the situation in the Pacific with special regard to Japan. Both Kimmel and Short felt that Hawaii was safe. Yamamoto hoped to make it much less so. The admiral imagined Hawaii to be “a dagger aimed at the throat of Japan,”4 a dagger he was determined to blunt at the very beginning of a war with the United States. “In the event of war with the United States,” Yamamoto wrote to Rear Admiral Takijiro Onishi, chief of staff of the 11th Air Fleet, in February 1941, “we [must] deal a crushing blow to the main force of the American fleet in Hawaiian waters.

They particularly doubted the wisdom of an attack on Pearl Harbor such as the one that Yamamoto and Genda were devising. Yamamoto understood their uneasiness, but he disagreed about the issue of timing. The American fleet posed an unparalleled danger to Japan and its long-term economic and political goals, the admiral argued. Pearl Harbor had to be neutralized, and the sooner the better. S. Navy was currently spread very thin, having to assign ships to support the British in the Atlantic as the latter battled the German U-boats.

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