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Ses ve Öfke'de, ABD'nin güneyinde yaşayan Compson ailesinin dağılışı farklı bilinçlerle izleniyor. Zihinsel engelli oğul Benjy'nin, suçluluk ve onur duygularıyla azap çeken ağabeyi Quentin'in, sert, mantıklı ve kurnaz diğer erkek kardeş Jason'ın anlatımlarıyla ailede yaşananlar yavaş yavaş açığa çıkıyor. Kız kardeş Candace'ten Jason'ın vasiliğini aldığı yeğeni Quentin'e, z ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published November 2004 by Yapı Kredi Yayınları (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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
William Faulkner's unforgettable 1929 novel of the "rotting family in the rotting house." It's a somber tale of the tragically dysfunctional Compson family, told with insight and remarkable talent, though it’s definitely 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 ...more
Violet wells
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ryan
Jan 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Matthew
A tale of two books . . .

At times a 1 star book.

Incoherent ramblings - which I know are praised by some as the essence of stream of consciousness. Random time jumps - apparently they released a special edition with the dialogue from each timeframe color coded so it is easier for the reader to keep track. Missing punctuation - at times there is back and forth dialogue, no punctuation and no indication of who is talking. People with the same name and name changes in the middle of the story. Etc.
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Steven Godin
I'm done. My third and final attempt has failed miserably.

No, not miserably. Gladly actually.

So it's official. I'm now as thick as two short planks, an intellectual misfit, I Wouldn't know literary greatness if it shot me in the buttocks from close range. Well, that's likely what Faulkner would be thinking anyway. Fine. But then I'd most certainly whip his ass at a game of chess, and drink him under the table (as long as it's my special cocktails) as a way to get even.

The only reason I returned
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Fabian
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 markers & 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 Southe ...more
Paul
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"
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.)
Ted
a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing. William Faulkner Shakespeare


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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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Jim
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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
J. Yandell
Dec 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 (Darth Anyan)
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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Philip
Jun 26, 2018 marked it as on-hold-try-again-later  ·  review of another edition
DNF

I don't currently have the patience to give this book the attention it requires. The stream of consciousness used in the first part of the book was a challenge to get through, though it wasn't entirely unenjoyable. I thought it would be easier after finishing that first part, but the writing style of the second part continues to be a challenge. I can't handle it right now. I'm going through grad school and get enough challenging reading there thank you very much. One day when I have more brai
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Luís C.
"The Sound and the Fury" has the quality of being a novel that like the great poetry is reviewed in the wonder of the discovery; at every step we give details that have passed us unnoticed and on each page we are moved.
In this novel, first published in 1929, Faulkner created the apple of his eye, the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story tells us through the separate monologues of his three brothers. It is his fourth novel and the first of his undisputed masterpieces, one that more tha
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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
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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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Sidharth Vardhan
“Caddy smelled like trees.”


There is a bollywood movie Gujarish about an ex-magician who meets an accident and is now suffering paralysis from neck down for several years. Finally he requests an amendment in law to make Euthanasia legal, so that he could kill himself. In one scene when he is asked if he wishes to say something before the verdict is given; he says he wishes to show a magic trick to the court. When it is allowed, his assistant brings in a box. The magician asks the lawyer of the
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Chrissie
Of course I have read this - but it was ages ago! Would what I thought of it then match up with what I think now? I am not so sure! So how do others award stars for books read long ago? I do it by the strength of the memories left by the book. Or I just don't add the book. My memory can sometimes be hazy.

I will reread this in August 2016. Will I give it four stars the second time around?

I am in tears. I wrote a review carefully explaining why I can only give this two three stars after rereading
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Gautam
Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury' recounts the story of a family's decline told from the point of view of three of its family members. As I started reading this supposed masterpiece of Faulkner, I was enthralled: reading something from the POV of a mentally challenged character was totally an unprecedented experience for me. But as I delved into the second chapter told by a sane person, with the same unflinching alacrity, I earnestly thought everything would fall into place in this chapter. Bu ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one (none of my friends would appreciate this I guess)
Recommended to K.D. by: 500 Must Read Books; Oprah Books List; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006)
Shelves: 1001-core
Jefferson, Mississippi 1910-1928. This is a story of an American family's economic and social status' decline and fall. The Compson family used to be rich right after the Civil War but due to alcoholism (Mr. Compson), hypochondria (Mrs. Caroline Compson), suicide (the eldest son Quentin), promiscuity (the only daughter Candance or Caddy), greed (the second son Jason) and idiocy (the youngest son Maury, Benjamin, Benjy), the family got disbanded by death and separation.

This is the hardest book I
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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.

The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl
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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.” 984 likes
“Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” 480 likes
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