A hundred thousand years ago, there had been a planet called Earth. It had been a proud world ruling a thousand vassal stars, but its stellar empire had turned upon and annihilated their conquerors, and wiped the name of Earth from the maps of space. But Earthmen still survived . . . a strange race of worldless men and women, by tradition advisers to rulers, but never themselves ruling. Wanderers through myriad planets, their origin was a half-forgotten legend. That was the situation when a strange quirk of fate sent Earthman Hallam Navarre on an interstellar wild goose chase. He had to bring back a strictly mythical treasure to his alien ruler, or die.
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Comprised of two inter-woven stories, William Faulkner’s If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem (also referred to as The Wild Palms) explores the nature of a relationship between a man and a woman. In The Wild Palms, the thoughtful and young Harry Wilbourne meets and falls in love with a married woman—the beautiful and passionate Charlotte Rittenmeyer. Though their relationship is under constant strain from Charlotte’s marriage, their lack of money, and the couple’s changing dynamic, the two remain fiercely loyal to one another during their brief time together. In The Old Man a convict tasked with rescue a pregnant woman who has become caught in a tree after the Mississippi River floods. As the convict rescues the woman, the pair are washed away downstream and must struggle back up-river together. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
In this feverishly beautiful novel—originally titled If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem by Faulkner, and now published in the authoritative Library of America text—William Faulkner interweaves two narratives, each wholly absorbing in its own right, each subtly illuminating the other. In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit. The Wild Palms is grandly inventive, heart-stopping in its prose, and suffused on every page with the physical presence of the country that Faulkner made his own.