Friday, June 23, 2006

58. "The Sound and the Fury" ~ William Faulkner


A book Faulkner wrote completely for himself, The Sound and The Fury is the story of the demise of the Compson family. Told through four different point of views, including that of Benji, a mentally retarded 33-year-old, this novel exemplifies the use of tone and voice in literature.

However, the stream of consciousness style of writing bored me to hair-pulling. I wanted to love it. I really did.

Thematically, it's crammed to the brim. The relationship between the Compson's and their African-American servants is fascinating, especially as the family slides farther into poverty.

Overall, a necessary read, though, personally, not an entirely enjoyable one.

2.5 out of 5.0 Hurricanes.

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