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The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner 

Review of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner


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       An interesting read - managed to get through it a lot quicker than Moby Dick!! 4 months vs 4 days :o)  I think the Sound and the Fury challenges the reader greatly, and the style of writing with frequent and incomplete flashbacks can be confusing at times.  The story in itself is not a happy one, but draws you in until you find it difficult to think of anything else.  The story is told in four parts, and I think it was a good idea to attempt to read each part in one go rather than dipping in and out in small sections.  This obviously requires a certain commitment of time for the longer sections, however is well worth it to aid in understanding the story.  As other reviewers have said, the story can be comlex at times - the reader is left to deduce much of what is happening rather than being directly told, however I do feel that this only adds to the story itself.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to use a reading guide if possible if you are struggling with the book.  All in all, I found this book rather enjoyable as well as challenging and I will award it a score of 6.5 out of 10.  Onto the next one.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was reviewed by 30before30

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       Thank God for Spark Notes.  This book gave me a headache.  Faulkner is brilliant at painting character through voice, however, unless you have an unending amount of patience and want to keep re-reading passages to fully understand them, I would not recommend this puzzle of a novel.  It is deep into each chapter before you figure out who is telling the story.  Also, much of the time frame spirals out of control leaving you lost.  The memories come like constant stream of conciousness which I find overused in literature making the plot too fragmented.   Concentration, complete focus, and headache medication are a must...oh and the spark notes.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was reviewed by A.L.

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       What the F was up with this book. It was so bad, WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR THIS CRAP? I honestly lost my love for reading when I suffered through this. I am trying to make it through the 100 best noves from this list but, man you people that voted out there for books like this are killing me.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was reviewed by Shannon

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       The above review is acurate except that the forth part of the novel is told through Dilsey, the family servant.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was reviewed by Jay P

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       The story is told in four different viewpoints: Benji, the mentally handicapped Compson boy; Quentin, the sensitive, intellectual Compson boy; Jason, the cruel and wordly Compson boy; and finally 3rd person viewpoint. The novel is set in Mississippi and is centered around the downfall of a once proud Southern family. The boys each have contrasting viewpoints of their promiscuous sister Caddy and their relationship with their sister is the central focus. 

      Told in four different viewpoints The Sound and The Fury is a difficult read. The most difficult section in all the novel is in Benji's section. It is mostly confusing since you are basically reading the unclear thoughts of someone with a mental disability. Quentin's section is also difficult because he is overly verbose and his thoughts are so scattered. In Quentin's section he continues to question those around them by asking the question: "Did you ever have a sister?" He is tortured by his sister's promiscuity and his weakness to prevent it leads him it to suicide. Jason's section on the otherhand is the most fluid, focused and entertaining. Jason's character might be the most interesting in the entire novel. He is a rotten, racist, money-hungry, chauvinistic scoundrel who, unlike Quentin, manipulates his sister's promiscuity for his own gain. The final 3rd person viewpoint is an outside look at the family coming apart at the seems. 

       I would recommend the novel because it is well written and original but it is not very enjoyable. This book is more for those that could appreciate great writing and well drawn characters but there are pages that are so difficult to follow the average reader would just give up. I would give The Sound and The Fury a 7 out of 10 because I do appreciate great writing.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner was reviewed by Frank Manner


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