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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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Jun 01, 10

bookshelves: americana, read-in-2010, the-south
Read from May 14 to June 01, 2010

I would probably have given this book just four stars but for the addition of "Appendix: Compson." That section would be an amazing short story all on its own, and shows how smart and intentional Faulkner was, particularly in the structuring this novel. I find the confusing, opaque nature of the Benjy and Quentin sections fascinating, and I love how the book gets more and more concrete and linear as it progresses from the timeless sensory saturation of Benjy's consciousness to the encyclopedia-like appendix. This book makes me think so deeply about perspective and hermeneutics as well as race, gender and morality (and America!). And it's tender, moving and beautiful to boot. I'll be thinking, researching and writing about it for a long time to come.
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