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The Sound and the Fury

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The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the corrected edition scrupulously prepared by Noel Polk, whose textual note precedes the text. David Minter's annotations are designed to assist the reader with obscure words and allusions.

"Backgrounds" begins with the appendix Faulkner wrote in 1945 and sometimes referred to as another telling of The Sound and the Fury
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1990 by Vintage (first published October 7th 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
Mar 26, 2009 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
Paul Bryant
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Reading some books is like clambering through a barbed wire fence at the bottom of a swamp with your oxygen tank about to run out and this is one of those. When you’re done with it you look round expecting someone to notice and rush up with the medal and citation you completely deserve for services to literature. You finished it! Yeahhh! But no one does and if you try to explain to your family “Hey wow I finished The Sound and the Fury, man was that difficult, wow, my brain is like permanently r ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
671. The Sound And The Fury, William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury is a novel written by the American author William Faulkner. It employs a number of narrative styles, including stream of consciousness. Published in 1929, The Sound and the Fury was Faulkner's fourth novel, and was not immediately successful. In 1931, however, when Faulkner's sixth novel, Sanctuary, was published—a sensationalist story, which Faulkner later claimed was written only for money—The Sound and the Fury also became co
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Violet wells
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pulitzer
This is one of those books that makes a gigantic claim. As if it’s either genius or it’s Emperor’s New Clothes. It won’t settle for anything in-between. On every page I felt Faulkner was straining at the bit to prove to me he’s a genius.

The title has always put me off reading this. The Sound and the Fury. It’s melodramatic, humourless, a bit pompous. It sounds like one of those American war films of the fifties starring John Wayne.

But what is it with southern writers that they only seem able t
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İntellecta
"Schall und Wahn"is not easy reading. The plot is shattered by flashbacks, cuts, and inner monologues. In each part the narrative perspective changes. In spite of this experimental and innovative narrative, the author succeeds again and again in capturing the reader with the tragic force of history and language and to keep the tension alive. Faulkner portrays his protagonists realistically, without spoiling their character weaknesses.

Resume: A dense language, a great atmosphere ... A unique nove
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
William Faulkner's unforgettable 1929 novel of a "rotting family in the rotting house." It's a somber tale of the tragically dysfunctional Compson family, but told with insight and remarkable talent, if not readily accessible. Mostly set in the year 1928, and in the US south in the days of segregation and prejudice (the N-word makes a frequent appearance), The Sound and the Fury has four sections plus an appendix: three of the sections are narrated by the three Compson brothers, Benjy, Quentin a ...more
Ryan
Jan 06, 2008 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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Huda Yahya
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: Amr iori
Shelves: novels_novellas

تنتمي "الصخب والعنف" إلى تلك النوعية من الرويات التي يطلق عليها الكلاسيكيات الأدبية
والتي قدر ما سمعت عنها قدر ما شغفت دوما في قراءتها وإضافتها إلى قائمة قراءاتك التي تعتز بها وتفخر
ولكن ما إن تفتحها وتتمعن فيها
ستجدها بالونة كبيرة فارغة من الداخل إلا من هواء الزيف والادعاء

وبما أنني قرأت فوكنر قبل ذلك واستمتعت به
فقد كنت أكيدة من أنني سأعيش تجربة لا تضاهى مع روايته الأشهر
والتي يستمد مضمونها وعنوانها من أقرب الاقتباسات إلى قلبي ومن مسرحيتي المفضلة

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts
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Fabian
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This Monster of a Book is equally profound & puzzling. Somewhere between naked consciousness and brutal incomprehension, the novel is nothing if not cerebral. The events occurring one Easter weekend at the end of the roaring 20's are sliced off at emotional markjers and then mixed in with events from the sad, sad past. Beginning the labyrinth with Benjy's POV is like the set of rules proposed by the mad Faulkner. He more than asks, he DEMANDS one put everything away to partake in the Souther ...more
Camille Stein
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition







Mañana, y mañana, y mañana
se arrastra con paso mezquino día tras día
hasta la sílaba final del tiempo escrito,
y todos nuestros ayeres han alumbrado a los necios
hacia el polvo de la muerte. ¡Apágate, breve llama!
La vida es una sombra que camina, un pobre actor
que en escena se arrebata y contonea
y nunca más se le oye. Es un cuento
que cuenta un idiota, lleno de ruido y de furia,
que no significa nada.


(Macbeth - Acto 5, Escena 5 - William Shakespeare)


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Sumergirse en la piel de los hermano
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Issa Deerbany
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-winners
لتقرأ هذه الرواية يحب ان تقرأ مقدمة المترجم الذي يشرح به اُسلوب فوكنر في هذه الرواية.

الشرف والاباء هذا ما ركز عليه فوكنر في روايته عن عائلة في جنوب أمريكا حيث تاريخ هذه العائلة زراعة القطن واستخدام العبيد .

تأثير الأحداث على أهل الجنوب بعد تحرير العبيد وغزو الشمال بأكثر من طريقة.

الانحلال عند هذه العائلة والشرف والاباء الذي يتغنوا به رغم تغير طريقة الحياة وظروفها.

بلدة صغيرة حيث لا اسرار لأي أسرة. حتى ان العائلة تشعر بالعار من وجود ابن من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة . وتعلق الأخ بأخته والذي لم يصدق انها
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Paul
Mar 03, 2008 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 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.)
Perry
The Twilight-Colored Smell of Honeysuckle

One raised or with extended family in the rural South may get chills as I do reveling in Faulkner's enduring phrase, "the twilight-colored smell of honeysuckle." This might stir hazy, almost-haunting memories from childhood of crepuscular visits on the veranda with relatives long since passed, of lilting voices and smiling faces somewhat obscured by time, among them a great-grandparent with a foreign accent who migrated from Europe and would break into
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 13, 2011 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
Ted
a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. William Faulkner Shakespeare


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Jim
Mar 10, 2009 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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FeReSHte
Jun 27, 2015 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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فرشاد
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..
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Yeah, fine, Ms. Adler, you were right. This is a great book.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
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.

This is a weird weird book. And maybe not in
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J. Yandell
Dec 14, 2008 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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Algernon
Dec 19, 2014 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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Teresa Proença
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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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
Deniz Balcı
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ses ve Öfke" ne yazık ki uzun zamandır okumak için beklettiğim ya da bekletildiğim eserlerin başında geliyordu. 'Bekletilmek' kelimesini kullanmamın temelinde, eserin keyfi okumaya uygun bir yapıya sahip olmaması yatıyor. Bu kadar önemli bir romanı, elbette daha önceleri elime almış ve okumaya çalışmıştım. Ancak zihnin alışılmış işleyişine ve tembelliğine, çok sert bir üslupla karşı çıkan roman; başlı başına bir iş, tecrübe. Dikkatli bir şekilde, eli ayağa değdirmeden; okuyucuyu, bir arkeolojik ...more
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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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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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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.” 938 likes
“Wonder. Go on and wonder.” 451 likes
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