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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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Sep 24, 14

Read from September 16 to 23, 2014

Despite my English major background, I'd never had much interest in Faulkner, until I read my sister-in-law's review of The Sound and the Fury. So I put it on my to-read list, and there it sat for a long time. When I recently went to Audible, looking for something from my to-read list that was reasonably priced, this is what I found. I didn't realize until just now rereading my sister-in-law's review that she listened to the same edition I did.

Initially, I thought, "I'm never gonna get through this...I can't follow it! This was a bad choice for an audio book." Because the first chapter is told through the voice of a mentally disabled boy/man, the fact that the narrative jumps back and forth over a nearly 20-year period is made double confusing. The upside is that I was made to listen much more carefully than I often find myself doing when listening to an audio book. Eventually, though, I settled into Faulkner's--and the narrator's--rhythm and had little trouble untangling the knot with which I started.

At one point I thought, "This is the way this should be experienced--having it read to you," because the prose is not so much prose as poetry, and I'm not sure I would have picked up on that had I been reading it for myself. This is not so much a novel as an epic poem or maybe an abbreviated Canterbury Tales.

I'm very glad I finally took the Faulkner plunge and suspect there is more in my future.
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Penny This is one I have not read and for some reason the only Faulkner I have listed in my goodreads Read list is "A Fable" (1954). My review of that is, "Did Faulkner ever use punctuation? I would guess that this entire allegory has fewer than eighty sentences in it!! But it was facinating...An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment."
I can see how listening to it as opposed to reading it might be a HUGE help.


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