Not much to say on this one other than that it was a real challenge. I'm sure if I read it in college with a literature professor to unpack everything for me, I would absolutely adore this book, yet reading it on my own with nothing to keep my endurance than the embarrassment of not having finished it for my book club, I found it hardly enjoyable. Faulkner
constructs some beautiful prose at times, but the narrative structure here is incredibly confusing. (Had I the time and the inclination, this would
be a great second or third read, knowing what I do now having finished it once.) A friend showed me her copy, which includes an appendix that Faulkner
wrote detailing intricate backstories and explanations for each character, an aid that would have been invaluable on my first reading. However, if such an appendix is necessary for mere comprehension, I wonder what the value is of crafting such ambiguous characters and situations is in the first place.
I definitely won't pick up another Faulkner
book for a while, yet I still have this burning desire to read As I Lay Dying
and a friend told me that it's not nearly as "difficult" a book...so perhaps some day in the future I'll try to climb Faulkner
's mountain again.