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The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner – 1929

Reviewed by: Steven (Texas)    Date: 25 August 2005

The Sound of and the Fury is a work about the American South in transition from its haughty past to a humble present, from a stratified society clinging to myth and memory to a formless culture whose currency of values and prejudices has become worthless. The tellers of the story are three brothers – one retarded, one neurotic, and one malignant. The subject of much of their thoughts is their sister, whose coming of age is a metaphor for the painful metamorphosis of their world.

Faulkner’s stream of consciousness style is notoriously difficult for some readers. If you find yourself intimidated, then work up to it with one of Faulkner’s easier works such as As I Lay Dying. On the other hand, if you were brought up in the shade of the magnolias with Dixie playing in the background, but you find all the baggage that goes with it increasingly out of place, then you may discover that reading The Sound and the Fury is as easy as following the stream of your own thoughts. In my opinion it is the greatest American novel.

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Here is one interesting review:

https://stephanpastis.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/the-sound-the-fury-the-big-sleep-and-the-stephan/

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