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In New Orleans ina man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. The convicts are moved by truck, train, and boat, and everywhere they are surrounded by National Guard troops and by the muddy water of the rising river.
The two convicts are provided with a skiff and told to pick up stranded farmers and their families. The short convict the wild palms william faulkner to the staging area alone and reports to the authorities that the boat overturned and that the tall convict disappeared beneath the water.
The warden decides to list the tall convict as missing and presumed dead while trying to save lives; the tall convict served his time. The tall convict in fact resurfaces.
He manages to scramble back into the skiff but is unable to control it. The setting is again the Deep South.
In an interesting example of literary tribute, Jorge Luis Borges translated the complete novel into Spanish as Las palmeras salvajesa work that influenced a good number of leading Hispanic American novelists. It also appears in the movie Im Lauf der Zeit, by Wim The wild palms william faulkner in which one of the protagonists, a truckdriver, is reading his paperback copy of the book every now and then.
The convict is asked to bring back a stranded pregnant woman and a man clinging to the roof of a cottonwood house.
The first operation is successful but not the second. The tall convict is one of those guys whose luck just goes from bad to worse.
In the end he succeeds in his operation after going through various trials the wild palms william faulkner tribulations and despite the great odds that were weighed against him.
He managed to navigate a skiff through incredibly treacherous waters the floodnearly drowning several times, going for several days without food, gets shot at when spotted by police and ends up hunting alligators with a wild bayou-rat Frenchman.