The Sound and the Fury

Kobo ebook | May 18, 2011

byWilliam Faulkner

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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.” —from The Sound and the Fury
 
The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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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, ...

Born in an old Mississippi family, William Faulkner made his home in Oxford, seat of the University of Mississippi. After the fifth grade he went to school only off and on-lived, read, and wrote much as he pleased. In 1918, refusing to enlist with the "Yankees," he joined the Canadian Air Force, and was transferred to the British Royal...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 18, 2011Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307792153

ISBN - 13:9780307792150

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great American Novel Look no further. This is it.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I had some issues The Sound and the Fury is a very challenging read and one that takes an immense amount of patience, re-reading and focus. However, this results in a novel that is narratively very interesting. My issue with it was the fact that the character around whom the narrative revolved was completely denied a voice, with all narrative being told through the male characters' gaze and their fantasies. I find that other similarly interesting modernist novels succeed much better in this regard, such as Virginia Woolf's The Waves.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A difficult, but worthy read #plumreview with it's multiple narrators and especially Benjy, the initial narrator, The Sound and the Fury can be a little difficult to follow (Benjy bounces between the present and the past with very little indication of change), but once you get the rhythm down, you'll be set to enjoy a true American classic.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the struggle Some difficult books are just not worth the struggle to finish them; this is not one of them. The first section, narrated by Benji, is full of sentence fragments and it is difficult to piece the story together. The succeeding sections are easier to read a family tragedy emerges from the fragments that's one of the greatest novels I've ever read, one that only improves with each rereading.
Date published: 2016-11-07