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The Sound and the Fury

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  107,613 ratings  ·  4,220 reviews
The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is ...more
Paperback, First Vintage International Edition, 351 pages
Published October 1990 by Vintage International (first published 1929)
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Stephen
A review paying homage to BENJY COMPSON'S uniquely disorienting narration:

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BENJY...narrator... lacks sense of time...merger of past and present merge...all the same...disorientation...1928...Easter... Mississippi...Compsons...aristocrat family...hard times... Benjy... mentally handicapped...33rd birthday...Luster...guardian... quarter lost... minstrel show...golf course... golf balls... memory cues... flashbacks... clothes... nail... sister... Caddy... CAAAAAADDDYY!.. 1902... flashback... argume
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Bram
Whew. This is a devastating book. Probably one of the most depressing stories I've read. Incest, castration, suicide, racism, misogyny—this one has it all. Even at the beginning, when it is possible to make out only pieces of the events, a nauseating sense of dread permeates Benji’s narrative per Faulkner’s pungent writing style. And this feeling never really dissipates.

Jumping into The Sound and the Fury with no prior introduction is like driving through an impenetrable fog or into a blinding
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Aubrey
The first time I attempted this book, I made my way through a mere three pages before deciding it would be a waste. To date, it is the only book that I had the good sense to leave until later, as my usual response is to barrel through the pages come hell or high water. Perhaps it was a good thing that I had just finished slogging my way through a monstrous tome that left my brain incapable of facing down the beginning of Benjy's prose. I don't remember the title of whatever book left me in that ...more
Ryan
Jan 06, 2008 Ryan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The autisic and those who want to prove their literary chops.
Recommended to Ryan by: Random House Top 100 Novels list
The first thing that comes to mind in regard to The Sound and the Fury is Eliots a heap of broken images. Deciphering TSTF is like reassembling a shattered mirror; difficult, and likely to end in pain.

On the other hand, its hard to deny that its a great book, if only from the standpoint of workmanship. The skill it took to create this piece, composed of so many seperate perspectives, confined to such a narrow and specific moments of time, makes me think of interlocking puzzles carved from a sing
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Paul
Somehow I earned a degree in English Lit w/o ever reading Faulkner. This was the first book I’ve read of his and I can’t say enough about it. This book haunts you. Here’s the thing. You know that feeling you get when you hear a song or see a face that sparks some vague memory? The memory may have been a dream, or may have been something you saw in a movie. It might well have been something that never actually happened to you, but was some fantasy you had years ago. Maybe there’s even a physical ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Okay, here I go with another one of my dissenting viewpoints. This was my first attempt at reading Faulkner, and I assure you it will be my last.

I don't know how this pile of crap ever got published, let alone became a classic! It's absolutely unreadable! Pure upchuck in print. (As always, just my opinion, so don't be offended if you like the book.)
Emilian Kasemi


“Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”


― William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Jim
First off, I couldn't finish this book. It has to be the most painful and pointless book I have read since The Sun Also Rises. (I know I am treading on precious ground here.)

I have read reviews and SparkNotes on the book, so I understand the premise and format. But what is the point of endless, vague, flowery dialogue without background? How do I learn about the fall of an important Southern family if it is just the fragmented sentences of various people who haven't even been introduced?

When I
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Jason Koivu
Images...I see them. They are beautiful, but I...The images...There goes someone. What is she doing?...Those images, what do they mean?...There she goes again...

And then, as if you weren't confused enough, in the second section of The Sound and the Fury, the narration is taken over by Quentin, a quick-witted, but nearly no more reliable a narrator than before. He is the somewhat confused but chivalrous Harvard-educated brother, who clings to Southern ideals. He is so passionate about his fight t
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J. Yandell
This book really made me work for it -- I had to read it three times to figure out what the heck it was all about.

I read it first in college. I was absolutely lost. Yeah, I understand the whole stream-of-consciousness stuff, I do -- but I read this going: "What the f@k?"

I was so freaked about taking the test on this book, that I went and got the Cliff notes on it. I read the Cliff notes and literally turned back to the cover to make sure I'd gotten the right notes. I mean, I read them, and ask
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Algernon

The clock tick-tocked, solemn and profound. It might have been the dry pulse of the decaying house itself, after a while it whirred and cleared its throat and struck six times.

Like the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth, the sound of the clock announces a tale of doom and despair: the fall of the house of Compson, once proud community leaders in Jefferson, Mississippi, now destitute and morally corrupt. Faulkner is mapping this decadence by getting inside the head of three members of the Compson cla
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Michael
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I expected. I marveled at the portrayals of thought in language and felt some of the futile anguish of people stuck in their family history. I gleaned something from the story as some kind of epitome of the South struggling to surmount racism, sexism, and classism at the cusp of modernity between the two world wars. I’d experienced long ago Faulkner’s storytelling knack with short stories (“Go Down Moses”) and recently was wrenched and blown away by the radical lan ...more
Teresa
Às vezes, penso que talvez a vida que me resta não seja suficiente para ler todos os livros que tenho, e terei ainda, por aqui. E fico triste.
Hoje, não me importo. Depois de O Som e a Fúria não creio que haja algum outro livro que me dê pena deixar por ler.

Nas primeiras páginas senti-me como se estivesse perante um cavalo soberbo e indomável, que me atirava ao solo sempre que o tentava montar; mas ele ficava lá, olhando-me, prendendo-me como num feitiço; e tentei de novo e de novo e de novo até
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Mariel
Dec 26, 2012 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jesus saves
Recommended to Mariel by: my mother, though I found out many years later she never read it
I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools…Like Father said down the long and lonely light-rays you might see Jesus Christ walking, like. And the good St Francis t
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Sue
The Sound and the Fury is a tour de force as Faulkner documents the demise of a family, the Compsons of Jefferson, Mississippi. Using narratives from the points of view of Benjamin (born Maury but renamed when his lack of potential became obvious) the idiot son, to Quentin the Harvard student suicide, Jason the cruel and embittered survivor, and Dilsey the family retainer, probable child of slaves.

Through these narratives we learn of Mother and Father, both essentially powerless before the world
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 16, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one (none of my friends would appreciate this I guess)
Recommended to K.D. by: 500 Must Read Books; Oprah Books List; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006)
Shelves: 1001-core
Jefferson, Mississippi 1910-1928. This is a story of an American family's economic and social status' decline and fall. The Compson family used to be rich right after the Civil War but due to alcoholism (Mr. Compson), hypochondria (Mrs. Caroline Compson), suicide (the eldest son Quentin), promiscuity (the only daughter Candance or Caddy), greed (the second son Jason) and idiocy (the youngest son Maury, Benjamin, Benjy), the family got disbanded by death and separation.

This is the hardest book I
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. Sorry -- because of Goodreads' word-count limitations, the last paragraph today got cut off!)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Book #22: The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner (1929)

The stor
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Carmo Santos
"A vida (...) é uma história contada por um idiota, cheia de som e fúria e vazia de significado."
MACBETH - W. SHAKESPEARE


O que se pode dizer dum livro que praticamente não tem história e cujas personagens caíram ali sem apresentação ou descrição? Somos ouvintes de quatro mentes complexas, escutamos as suas memórias avassaladoras, cheias de ódio, sofrimento, ciúme e desespero, numa agonia que nos acompanha da primeira à última página. Tentamos montar um quebra-cabeças a partir de pensamentos alea
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Stephen M
****Review for the Celebrity Death Match ****

The Grapes of Wrath (10) versus The Sound and the Fury (23)

Benjy:
Through the ropes, into the ring, I could see them hitting. They were coming towards where I was and I went along the side. Then came Dilsey and I went along the side. “Don’t you gone on moanin’ like that! I says to missus Compson, I says. If that boy Benjy don’t fight in the celebritay death match revew to’no-ment and done win the belt for mista Faulkna’ I swear, I will beat that boy s
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Ginny_1807
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Mi è sempre piaciuto associare la lettura del momento ad un'opera figurativa o ad un brano musicale, per individuare corrispondenze espressive o analogie nell'impatto emozionale.
Naturalmente lo faccio da profana, seguendo criteri istintivi e del tutto personali, sia nella scelta dei parallelismi, sia nelle conclusioni che traggo.
Ritengo tuttavia che chiunque abbia letto L'urlo e il furore non possa che essere d'accordo nel rilevare una marcata analogia tra le tema
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Mike Puma
The Sound and the Fury is one for the committed reader; someone who really wants to read it. I sympathize with students who are assigned this incredible novel.

It’s demanding; it can be hard to read; it's one of which Barthes might suggest be read for “the pleasure of the text.” Approached in the right way, The Sound and the Fury lends itself to being read at its own pace. If allowed, where the stream-of-consciousness passages occur, the reader would be well-advised to slowdown, let the passages
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Lou
The Compson family, Benji a man of innocence has kin of ignorance and self-centeredness,
they will have terrible awakenings in this story
this family tragedy of an American household,
the fall of the Compsons during the era of the 1910-1930's.
This novel was published in a turbulent time when America was going through some changes in October 1929 the month and year of the Great Stock Market Crash.

William Faulkner uses an unconventional way to tell this tale of his that has some truth in that ther
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Jeffrey
Mar 31, 2007 Jeffrey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those Interested in the American Experience
Shelves: favorites
While everyone salivates (rightfully so) over The Great Gatsby , William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury languishes as the stepchild of United States literature-it is there, but it is not heard. Faulkner's odd story of The Compson Family, an detailed, troubling, and honest allegorical representation of the American South, is a stew of styles and tones that change as rapidly at the South. The story, told from four distinct points of view, remains not only the most deftly written piece of Ame ...more
Cliff
Blech!!! When the only character who is decipherable is the autistic mute, we have a problem. This book has inspired me to start a list of crap that is admired only because no one has the guts to admit they have no idea what the hell is going on. Although technically in this category, I give James Joyce the benefit of the doubt simply because I can't understand anyone from Ireland anyway.
Nandakishore Varma
Yes. Sitting in the office thinking of this book I was reminded of the drowsy afternoon duing my early twenties in my bedroom at my ancestral home at Thrissur, the house with its cavernous rooms and musty attic with its smell of toddy-cat urine and the East Wind blowing in through the windows and I read this novel and could not make head or tail out of it as I am struggling now with an engineering proposal: still I plodded on and on and on dragged in by the strange beauty of William Faulkener's ...more
mai ahmd
لقراءة هذه الرواية يجب أن تقرأ مقدمة الرواية التي كتبت بيد المترجم حتى تستطيع أن تجاري الكاتب فوكنر التي كتبها بطريقة مختلفة نظرا لطبيعة الشخصية التي بدأ بها دفعني الأمر للتساؤل ما ضرّ فوكنر لو لم يبدأ بفصل بنجامين فلا أدري كيف يمكن أن يضمن الكاتب أن القارىء بإمكانه أن يقرأ مئة صفحة دون أن يعي
ماذا يقرأ
يبدو الأمر كأن الكاتب ترك حروفه كلعبة البازل وتصبح مهمة التركيب عليك
يبدأ الأمر بصعوبة ثم تتضح معالم الصورة شيئا فشيئا
هكذا كان لولا مقدمة الرواية التي توضحت فيها الأمور والتي لا أجزم أبدا
إنها ل
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Steve
Jul 23, 2011 Steve rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Easily Distracted
Not my favorite Faulkner. The Benjy part, which is difficult, can be magical, if you figure out the various time shifts (I did this time around). It's the kind of book (see Finnegan's Wake) that makes you want to grab something cheap and trashy to read ASAP, in order to remind yourself that it is OK to enjoy reading.
Fewlas
Arrivare alla soglia dei 30 anni senza conoscere Faulkner è stato un crimine. Mea culpa.
“L’urlo e il furore” è un libro al quale bisogna coscientemente decidere di abbandonarsi. Bisogna sapere sin dall’inizio che non sarà né facile né lineare, ma bisogna semplicemente fidarsi dell’autore. Dovete stare tranquilli, non vi fate prendere dal panico la prima volta che un personaggio maschile all’improvviso si trasforma in una ragazza. Pian piano, e senza nemmeno troppi sforzi, tutti i pezzi andranno
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Ali
This is not a good review. This is my attempt, after close to two months without reviewing (five to ten unfinished reviews don't count) to hammer out something equating to what might, if one is open-minded about these sorts of things, kind of seem like a thing that might possibly be an okay review. This is me getting my sea legs after reluctantly boarding the SS Goodreadsreview, bawling all the way about how I'm not a good swimmer and we're all going to die goddammit if I get eaten by sharks it' ...more
Edward
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William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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“...I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire...I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” 660 likes
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