Writing a cool, creative book with a new idea is fine . . . But your reader needs to be able to understand it.
Some books accomplish that.
This one doesWriting a cool, creative book with a new idea is fine . . . But your reader needs to be able to understand it.
Some books accomplish that.
This one does not.
I just couldn't stand this book. I don't know if it is because I come from a similar situation (at least as far as Caddy and Miss Quentin are concerned). I don't know if it's because I'm a sociopath and just a bitch or what but I felt no sympathy for Caddy or for Quentin. Hell, I didn't feel sympathy for anyone.
I had to read this book for my AP English course and we would talk about it. People would mention their least favorite characters. Mrs. Compson and Jason being the most popular. In all honesty, I loathed Luster and kind of liked Jason.
Perhaps liked is the wrong word. I didn't like Jason, but he was the only sane Compson and the only one that got things done. I hated Caddy and I hated Quentin (the girl). Miss Quentin was just a complete and total brat. I understand that she was supposed to be a teen that was "oppressed" by Jason and he was cruel to her. But in all actuality, I don't know what Jason did to make her that way. It is never really explained unless Faulkner was referring to keeping Quentin from her mother. I thought Quentin deserved Jason treating her the way he did. She was a complete brat and ran around like a slut (at least it is suggested she did; Jason isn't exactly a reliable narrator so it may not be that way, but it appears to be) and seemed to have no respect for Jason or Mrs. Compson. Frankly, I don't really care that she had no respect for those two, but she didn't even have respect for Dilsey. Dilsey risked so much and cared for that girl more than was required of her. That bugged me too.
Jason was an racist, sexist asshole but I was cheering him on to beat Quentin. I hate to say that because I don't condone violence, but I just wanted to slap sense into that girl and that seemed to be the only way she'd listen.
Another thing that bugged me: Caddy. So this is more of my own personal issue with this book. I come from a similar situation where my mother could not (had no real desire to) raise me so I was raised by my grandfather and my step-grandmother (my biological grandfather and grandmother were divorced). I am really bugged by the fact that Caddy shoved her child off on her parents. Now, I understand that this was a completely different time. She was a single woman, had a child out of wedlock, was rejected by her husband, and wasn't allowed to come home because her parents considered her a disgrace. However, at the same time, I think Caddy should have tried harder. I know that if I had a child, I would never give them up. I would fight tooth and nail to be with them. Again, this is my own personal issue with the book. Also, Caddy seemed like such a loving and caring person--she looked after Benjy when no one else would. It seemed almost out of character that she would give up her daughter. Maybe she thought Quentin would have a better life with her family, I don't know. I think she should have done it differently.
So let's talk about Quentin (the son). A lot of people say that Benjy's chapter is the most confusing... Yeah, know that's definitely Quentin's chapter. This book was written to be in the "stream of consciousness" format so we see every little thought that passes through their brains. This is all well and good but confusing as hell. Benjy's, while difficult to understand, was reliable. Being mentally retarded and not having a full grasp or comprehension of what was going on made it better. You know that you were seeing the unbiased truth. Quentin further muddled things up with his jumbled thoughts and the run-on sentences and his own delusions.
So, yeah. I think I've vented enough. I just really did not like this book. The only reason I didn't give it a lesser rating was because it wasn't necessarily bad or even boring. It was just really confusing and I hated almost all of the characters except for Benjy and Dilsey.
If you wanna try something different, read this book. It's definitely an experience. But be prepared to be confused. You're going to have to put it down at points and just sort things out in your head. However, if you're anything like me, don't read this book unless you absolutely have to. xD...more
I never finished this book. I just wasn't really sucked into it that much. I felt like the writing was very simplistic, which can be good. But I jEhh.
I never finished this book. I just wasn't really sucked into it that much. I felt like the writing was very simplistic, which can be good. But I just felt like everything was so . . . I don't even know how to explain it.
For example, when Akiva first sees Karou, it's kind of that stereotypical romance "oh, I'm a badass but she's hot and looks so innocent and she kind of makes me feel something again." And the moment I heard about Madrigal, I knew that it was Karou.
I just knew.
So yeah. Not very exciting.
I may return to this book later on and give it another chance, but I just don't think I will. I would have been much more interested if Brimstone wasn't Karou's father but was instead her potential love interest. I know that would be weird but I think it would have made a better and more interesting story....more