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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
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Dec 23, 2011

it was ok
Read from December 22 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy

here two stars/"it was ok" means exactly that - it was ok.

while i'm not a big fan of hemingway there's no denying the fact that even the most stripped-down writing can be poetry in his hands, and it feels like faulker's writing is stripped of even its poetry. and then the stream-of-consciousness, jesus christ. i have nothing against such a tactic and even love it to pieces when it's done well. here it was sometimes incredibly confusing - not to mention stylistically boring - for example there's two quentins and two maurys, i think, and no distinguishing which is which. (maybe it's just me but i use pronouns/think about associated gender more often than not when i'm thinking about people, however abstractly.) the rest of the time it was all right, if a bit overwrought.

the story itself was interesting enough, from what i could decipher. so there was that. i'm still willing to give more of his work a chance, but this was disappointingly frustrating.

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