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  • Jul 22, 2010
Worth the challenge. My favorite Faulkner work, but it takes some work to get through it.
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review by . April 05, 2008
Disturbing images and strong characters are reduced to baffling shadows by Faulkner's extreme stream of consciousness writing style. There is no discernible plot here, although one can sense a general downward trend in family fortunes, in every way: materially, spiritually, genetically, historically, and cooperatively.    And plenty of anger, which seems to infuse every character's interaction with the extended family and the surrounding community. This fury produces plenty of …
review by . November 30, 2009
It's all up to you whether you find value in this notoriously difficult novel, or whether you hurl it into the fireplace in frustration. You don't have to read it. If you do, you needn't feel ashamed of either response... assuming you're free from the bonds of high school English classes. You'll need all your resources of unflagging attention, tenacious memory, and orthographic competence with dialect just to grasp the central events of the story, but even then you may be frustrated by the realization …
review by . November 30, 2009
...whether you find value in this notoriously difficult novel, or whether you hurl it into the fireplace in frustration. You needn't feel ashamed of either response... assuming you're free from the bonds of high school English classes. You'll need all your resources of unflagging attention, tenacious memory, and orthographic competence with dialect just to grasp the central events of the story, but even then you may be frustrated by the realization that the story isn't the centerpiece of the book. …
review by . July 08, 2009
Is it worth your time to read a book that toys with your ability to make any sense of it?    Normally, I'd say no, but "The Sound And The Fury" is a loud exception. You'll have to read it twice to figure out what is going on, but when you do, you'll find yourself riveted by a tale revolving around the glory and sordidness of human existence.    Told in four wildly divergent sections, the novel tells the story of the Compson family, once proud members of Mississippi …
review by . May 15, 2009
This is William Faulkner's fourth book and considered by many to be one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written...and after reading this book and writing this review I share those sentiments. And yet, when you listen to Faulkner describe his depiction into the decline of the aristocratic Compson family, he considered it to be his best failure. The book comes at you in four sections with each being told by a different narrative...so let's explore Faulkner's best failure, shall we? The first …
review by . December 13, 2006
Pros: Interesting narrative style     Cons: This flavor of stream of consciousness is not for a casual reader     The Bottom Line: This is an intellectual exercise rather than a nice, curl up while it is raining read.     The Sound and the Fury isn’t the first of the Yoknapatawpha novels; it is the second. William Faulkner wrote what he called Flags in the Dust which was edited a bit by Ben Wasson because he believed that Flags was …
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The ostensible subject ofThe Sound and the Furyis the dissolution of the Compsons, one of those august old Mississippi families that fell on hard times and wild eccentricity after the Civil War. But in fact what William Faulkner is really after in his legendary novel is the kaleidoscope of consciousness--the overwrought mind caught in the act of thought. His rich, dark, scandal-ridden story of squandered fortune, incest (in thought if not in deed), madness, congenital brain damage, theft, illegitimacy, and stoic endurance is told in the interior voices of three Compson brothers: first Benjy, the "idiot" man-child who blurs together three decades of inchoate sensations as he stalks the fringes of the family's former pasture; next Quentin, torturing himself brilliantly, obsessively over Caddy's lost virginity and his own failure to recover the family's honor as he wanders around the seedy fringes of Boston; and finally Jason, heartless, shrewd, sneaking, nursing a perpetual sense of injury and outrage against his outrageous family.

If Benjy's section is the most daringly experimental, Jason's is the most harrowing. "Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say," he begins, lacing into Caddy's illegitimate daughter, and then proceeds to hurl mud at blacks, Jews, his sacred Compson ancestors, his glamorous, promiscuous sister, his doomed brother Quentin, his ailing mother, and the long-suffering black servant Dilsey who holds the family ...

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ISBN-13: 978-0739325353
Publisher: Random House
Date Published: July 30, 2005

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