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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 together by sheer force of character.
Notoriously "difficult," The Sound and the Fury is actually one of Faulkner's more accessible works once you get past the abrupt, unannounced time shifts--and certainly the most powerful emotionally. Everything is here: the complex equilibrium of pre-civil rights race relations; the conflict between Yankee capitalism and Southern agrarian values; a meditation on time, consciousness, and Western philosophy. And all of it is rendered in prose so gorgeous it can take your breath away. Here, for instance, Quentin recalls an autumnal encounter back home with the old black possum hunter Uncle Louis:
And we'd sit in the dry leaves that whispered a little with the slow respiration of our waiting and with the slow breathing of the earth and the windless October, the rank smell of the lantern fouling the brittle air, listening to the dogs and to the echo of Louis' voice dying away. He never raised it, yet on a still night we have heard it from our front porch. When he called the dogs in he sounded just like the horn he carried slung on his shoulder and never used, but clearer, mellower, as though his voice were a part of darkness and silence, coiling out of it, coiling into it again. WhoOoooo. WhoOoooo. WhoOooooooooooooooo.What Faulkner has created is a modernist epic in which characters assume the stature of gods and the primal family events resonate like myths. It is The Sound and the Fury that secures his place in what Edmund Wilson called "the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust." --David Laskin
I was very confused at first, but it all came together and became clear. It's like solving a very lyrical puzzle.Published 10 days ago by Dailydabber
I bought this for a literature class and had a hard time reading it, but once I got into it the story was pretty good. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Melissa B
This was the first Faulkner novel I read, and even though I didn't choose to read it (it was an assigned book in high school), I wound up loving it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Alison Zoccola
I read the Snopes family trilogy before I finished this novel and became disappointed with Faulkner. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Steve Novak
One of my favorite novels of all time. Told in multiple points of view.Published 23 days ago by Jeff Lacy
I had been meaning to read this book for ten years, and it took me three tries to finally do so.
My first attempt was in early high school around age sixteen—by choice,... Read more