Book #25: The Sound and the Fury

This will be my second William Faulkner novel. I read As I Lay Dying in an American Literature class in college. I remember suddenly being aware that I hated that book, but I also really liked it because the writing and stream-of-consciousness was done so well. Then I realized that that was the mark of a good writer: when you hate their book, but you still like it because of the writing.

So I’m going into The Sound and the Fury with mixed feelings. I’m expecting the writing to be good, but I’m also expecting to be super confused. I probably won’t have any idea what’s going on. Probably, because I’m in Prague and I’m not going to be discussing the book with anybody except myself (on this blog), I won’t want to go through the effort of analyzing things. But I’ll make myself do it.

I’m not entirely sure what The Sound and the Fury is about, even.

But I’m willing to dive into the whole super-confusing, stream-of-consciousness, probably-insane characters world. Hopefully this time it won’t be like As I Lay Dying, where, like, all the characters go insane.

**Update: I’ve read the first 20 pages, and I’m still not sure what it’s about. There’s a manchild named Benjy and I’m not sure when the present is, because it seems to keep jumping around in time. I think I have it figured out, but I probably don’t….


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