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Light in August by William Faulkner
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May 22, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: american_lit, modernist_lit, japan_jul07-aug11
Recommended for: People who haven't read Faulkner
Read in June, 2008

Pretty Darn Good--

This is probably my favorite Faulkner by far.

The longest yet the easiest to read of the three Faulkner books chosen by Oprah for her book club, Light in August is more of a traditional novel with an engaging plot that is both rich and complex, and multidimensional characters who are incredibly alive and real. Unlike in As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, however, Faulkner uses a minimum of stream of consciousness, making it much easier to read and understand what's going on. And like other two novels, it's got multiple POVs that reveal without causing any confusion the characters themselves and the unfolding of the main story.

And GOSH he can write. Granted, his prose is serpentine and elaborate; but MY HE CAN WRITE. At many places I was simply dazzled not only by the sheer lyricism of it but by the mastery with which he portrayed the tense scenes and the myriad characters - even and especially the minor ones. That is something only true masters can pull off. Hats off to the Nobel laureate!

Very much recommended.
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