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The Sound and the Fury

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  120,084 Ratings  ·  4,745 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, 326 pages
Published October 1990 by Vintage (first published 1929)
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Christa The first part is really confusing, even with cliffnotes. However, I suggest you keep going. The beginning is definitely the most confusing part since…moreThe first part is really confusing, even with cliffnotes. However, I suggest you keep going. The beginning is definitely the most confusing part since its from Benjy's perspective and due to his mental disabilities he cannot separate past from present. (Time itself ends up being used as a motif.) Events that happened when he and Jason, Quentin and Caddy were younger sit side by side with the current events that are actually happening (his 33rd birthday). If you continue on it gets easier. Jason's chapter is from his viewpoint but it gives the reader a clearer perspective because the novel switches from a stream of consciousness to a third party narrator. Then the last chapter is from a 3rd person perspective which finally gives the reader a solid grasp on the events of the story. It was a struggle for me to get through but Faulkner definitely has a unique writing style unlike anyone else and his talent is worth appreciating. (less)
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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
Dec 04, 2013 Bram rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, favorites
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 it was ok
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
Mar 03, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
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"
Dec 27, 2008 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it did not like it
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.)
Nandakishore Varma
Mar 28, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, literature
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
Jim
Mar 19, 2009 Jim rated it did not like it
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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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.
Parthiban Sekar
I guess that there will be no shame in admitting that this is so-far the most challenging book I read, as the narration kept changing not just from person to person but also from time to time. So, this "Stream of consciousness" style (introduced to me by Aakansha) can make you lose your head, if you don't follow every word of at least first two chapters. There will be times when you just want to see any hint of punctuation (especially last few pages in second chapter) or you might think that pri ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
“Caddy smelled like trees.”


There is a bollywood movie Gujarish about an ex-magician who meets an accident and is now suffering paralysis from neck down for several years. Finally he requests an amendment in law to make Euthanasia legal, so that he could kill himself. In one scene when he is asked if he wishes to say something before the verdict is given; he says he wishes to show a magic trick to the court. When it is allowed, his assistant brings in a box. The magician asks the lawyer of the
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Algernon
Jan 26, 2015 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

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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J. Yandell
Dec 14, 2008 J. Yandell rated it did not like it
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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Jason Koivu
Feb 10, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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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Farshad Firuzi
تمام شد و از یک رنج بی پایان خلاص شدم... پیچیدگی های شخصیتی و زمانی و مشابهت های اسمی و افکار پریشان و جمله های بی پایان... هیچی نمیشه گفت..
FeReSHte
Jul 21, 2015 FeReSHte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: america
فاکنر رو باید دوست داشت باید تحملش کرد باید باهاش صبوری کرد. باید سر فرصت و با حوصله رفت سراغش
به محض این که کتاب رو دست بگیرین می فهمین که دارین کار بزرگی انجام میدین با همه ی دشواری هاش ، با همه ی سخت فهمی هاش
شاید در طول خوندن، دوستش نداشته باشین شاید حتی ازش متنفر بشین ولی بدون شک در انتها به عشقش دچار خواهید شد

نکته !!!: حتمن قبل از شروع کتاب یه مختصر مطالعه ای راجع به شخصیت ها و کلیت داستان داشته باشین تا هم کمتر اذیت شین هم بیشتر از کتابتون لذت ببرین

نکته دوم!!!:احساس نیاز به دوباره خوانی کتا
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Ted
a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. William Faulkner Shakespeare


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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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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Το βιβλίο αυτό θα το συνιστούσα μόνο σε πιο απαιτητικούς αναγνώστες. Δεν είναι το βιβλίο που θα περάσει απλά ευχάριστα η ώρα σου. Παρ'όλα αυτά δεν είναι τόσο δύσκολο όσο λέγεται. Απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση ... ο πρόλογος. Σε καμία περίπτωση δε μπορείς να το διαβάσεις, πριν κατανοήσεις τον πρόλογο.

Δεν είναι ένα μυθιστόρημα που διακρίνεται για την πλοκή του και θα ήταν λάθος να το κρίνει κανείς από αυτή την οπτική γωνία. Κατ' αρχάς χωρίζεται σε τέσσερα μέρη. Στα τρία πρώτα ο συγγραφέας αφηγείται σε πρώ
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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
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 16, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  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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Mariel
Dec 26, 2012 Mariel rated it really liked it
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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Cosimo
Jan 10, 2016 Cosimo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il tempo è incubo

“Certe volte a furia di ripeterlo riuscivo a prendere sonno finché dopo che vi si mischiò il caprifoglio tutta la faccenda venne a simboleggiare la notte e l'inquietudine e mi pareva di stare là disteso senza dormire e senza essere sveglio guardando verso il fondo di un lungo corridoio di grigia penombra dove tutti gli oggetti concreti erano diventati vaghi e paradossali ombre tutto ciò che avevo fatto ombre tutto ciò che avevo provato e sofferto ombre che assumevano forme visib
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Ginny_1807
Oct 19, 2014 Ginny_1807 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romanzi
Campo di grano con volo di corvi

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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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Cliff
Jun 11, 2008 Cliff rated it did not like it
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.
Alireza
Apr 11, 2016 Alireza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, novel
با خواندن اولین سطور می فهمی که با دنیای غریب و بزرگی روبرو هستی و تقریباً می شود گفت از آن هیچ نمی دانی. فقط این را متوجهی که در هر صفحه با یک شاهکار، یک قله مسلم و دست نیافتنی در ادبیات مدرن، کلنجار می روی. کلنجار رفتنی که انسان مدرن با خویشتن دارد. کلنجار رفتنی از جنس پریشان حالی کونتین و خاطره بازی بنجیِ مجنون. رمانی در چهار فصل پیرامون خانواده ای جنوبی (خانواده رو به زوال کامپسون) که سه فصل اول آن را سه پسر خانواده روایت می کنند.
در اهمیت و بزرگی خشم و هیاهو، فاکنرشناسان و منتقدان کوچک و بزر
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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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Jason Pettus
Aug 22, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it liked it
(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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Fewlas
Apr 27, 2015 Fewlas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
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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Carmo Santos
Feb 11, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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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.

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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.” 765 likes
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