"Absalom, Absalom!" by William Faulkner. Another confusing, stream-of-consciousness, symbolic masterpiece by the father of Southern Gothic. The story of Thomas Sutpen, Virginia adventurer who appears in rural Mississippi with a band of slaves, and a french architect, with a 'design' to accumulate wealth and establish a dynasty. A tale of incest and miscegenation told by Quentin Compson, a Harvard student and grandson of Stupen's best friend.