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The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text
by William Faulkner
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Review Of The Sound And The Fury — 6 years ago

When I began reading The Sound and the Fury I feared that I would hate the entire experience, because the text was written much like the Joyce novel I had eventually given up on a year ago. Indeed, I found the first section of the book to be nearly illegible and thus both tedious and frustrating. There are several reasons for this difficulty.

First, much of the book is written as a stream of consciousness without regard to conventions of grammar or rational thought. Second, there are significant differences between English as spoken in suburban Pennsylvania circa 2008 and English as spoken in the rural South circa 1928. Third, the text shifts wildly through time and place, often within the same paragraph, as the characters’ memories merge with present experiences. At times these shifts are accompanied by italics, but in most cases they are not. Fourth, there are a multiplicity of characters, none of which are introduced or described, but who simply appear. Within the first few pages the reader has met nearly all of the members of the Compson family (Damuddy, Uncle Maury, (Father) Jason, (Mother) Caroline, Benjamin (also known as Maury), Quentin, Jason, Candace, and Quentin the younger) and their various servants (Dilsey, T.P., Versh, and Luster). Fifth, the careful reader will have noted two Jasons, two Maurys, and two Quentins in the above list. In the case of the Jasons and Maurys this is not a significant problem because the elder Jason is usually called Father and the younger Maury is usually referred to by his new name Benjamin. The Quentins, however, are exceptionally confusing. From the beginning the reader will notice that Quentin is sometimes referred to using a masculine pronoun and other times a feminine one, but the narrative is so fractured that he is likely to explain this as either a typographical error or his own failure to parse the text. It does not become clear until the third section of the book, and is never explicitly stated, that there are two persons named Quentin. This source of misunderstanding is so extreme, and could be rectified so easily, that I must assume it is a deliberate attempt by the author to confuse the reader, presumably to highlight the turmoil in Benjamin’s mind.

Thankfully, the second section is much clearer than the first, and the last two are quite lucid in comparison to either of their predecessors. Based on these sections, I found the novel quite enjoyable. It lacks an over-arching plot, but describes the slow downfall of a once-proud family in a compelling way.

The entirety of the portions of the text that I understood points to a theme of futility – most obviously in Benjamin’s severe mental retardation, but also in the meaningless trysts of Candace and the younger Quentin, the pride and avarice of the younger Jason, the elder Quentin’s struggle to find meaning in his Harvard education, Caroline’s resignation to remain in bed until her ever-expected near death, Dilsey’s devotion to her never-ending tasks, and even Luster’s malice toward Benjamin. I did not recall the title’s prior use in Macbeth until searching for it now, but it seemed to me an echo of Ecclesiastes.

I would like to read the book again with the knowledge I now have, because while I slogged through the most difficult parts, I really understood very little of the first quarter. Perhaps I will do so someday, but for now the task seems too great.

A story about the last time I consumed this — 6 years ago

NOT WORTH CONSUMING

This is awful. I couldn’t even finish it, and I NEVER leave a book unfinished, whether I like it or not. DON’T read it.

Why I recommend this — 7 years ago

WORTH CONSUMING!

Faulkner quite simply rocks my face off

A story about this — 7 years ago

WORTH CONSUMING!

I am reading this for English class, so we have plenty of good background knowledge about the book, which makes it easier. But we are taking it really really fast, and I’m a slow reader, so that makes it hard :(

The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner — 8 years ago

WORTH CONSUMING!

I finished reading The Sound And The Fury yesterday. The first two chapters were challenging for me. I was disoriented and had difficult placing characters and time frames. The last two chapters really brought everything together for me. Near the end I couldn’t put the book down. I really liked this book and I think it deserves a second reading.

A story about this — 8 years ago

WORTH CONSUMING!

I have always wanted to check out Faulkner ever since I read about his heavy influence on Toni Morrison. I started with Absalom, Absalom but had to set it aside. The Sounds and the Fury was a very satifying read, puzzling and challenging at times, but a wonderful and intense read.

A story about this — 9 years ago

I started reading this during the summer break, but had to set it aside during school. I picked it up again after finishing my degree. It felt like a school book. I tried to enjoy it, and there were certain parts which were very good, but overall, I was not that pleased with it. At least now I can say that I’ve read some Faulkner, and I think that in the future I’ll give him another chance.

A story about this — 9 years ago

Devastating and beautiful. Very difficult to read, and not just because of the challenging prose and fractured narrative. I actually made it all the way through this time, after several aborted attempts, but I’m going to have to read it again to really get much of anything beyond the superficial out of it.

A story about this — 10 years ago

my favorite book of all time. it’s a challenge every time i read it; i always find something new and interesting.

A story about this — 10 years ago

WORTH CONSUMING!

Wonderful with so many layers to it, I know that I’m missed so much on my first read. What turned me off the first time I tried to read it (the shifting time and flashbacks) wasn’t an issue this time, and I think only enhanced the novel.


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