One of Faulkner’s comic masterpieces, The Reivers is
a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi.
Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his
family’s retainers, to steal his grandfather’s car and make a trip to Memphis.
The Priest’s black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them
are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at
Miss Reba’s bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures
ensues—involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriff’s deputies, and jail.
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