I have no idea who would appreciate this book from beginning to end
Something much lighter to listen
I think he put too much drawl into the words on some of his characters
I don't know--connection was not good from first half to second half of the book.
This book went from interesting and engaging to infuriating.
Love Will Patton's performance. Made what seemed like a high school lit class assignment interesting and more bearable. Have to admit I had never read any of Faulkner's work. I compare him to the a Southern Steinbeck.
The story, I loved William's writing, he can weave some beautiful imagery and I wanted the story to go on as it started which was with country visuals and emotional depth but it went in a strange violent direction. I listened to the entire story, hoping to go back to the girl, who in my mind was the most interesting. Instead, it followed a character who is a twisted, evil, woman hater, who I didn't care about and was looking forward to his death so that we could get onto something besides absent minded aggression and hatred.
I think the writer wanted us to have compassion because of the characters terrible childhood but it was a story of bad equals more bad with zero introspection. I found it depressing..
I may try another, he is a fabulous writer
no, terribly violent story
I own that I am burned out on senseless violence
Retired and loving every minute!
Most enjoyable book. The images Faulkner paints with his words put me back in the story. Love the story.
Most memorable for me was the imagery of the small southern tows. I was raised in one of these small towns.
When the main character was walking down the gravel road carrying her shoes.
Good book good reader!! Enjoyable! !
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
Amazing novel, no wonder Faulkner is such a highly respected writer of the highest caliber. I loved everything about this novel, great performance by Will Patton, a compelling and involving story, and the writing...OMG dense, complex, rich, potent, intellectually challenging. This book restored my faith in American writing.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. C.S. Lewis
I am a lifelong fan of Faulkner, but this is one work I have never read. While it has many of the style traits I love in Faulkner; the sharp, hard focus on the subject of race and the angst of the main character leaves me dry.
"Light in August" is an admirable work, and I read it to close a gap in my Faulkner reading history. But unlike "Intruder in the Dust" and "The Reivers," each of which I've read several times, I'll never read "Light in August" again.
I've only heard the audio, but it was excellent. The characters were formed in my mind the same as when I read a good book.
The future being born in a specific act in the past.
The different characters's voices supported the text. His reading voice was never distracting and was pleasant to hear for several hours.
I don't understand this question.
At first I looked for a main character or plot, but then relaxed and just trusted the author to, eventually, reveal a theme and connect the lives. I felt that I was living in the times and among the people, following threads of different lives. Faulkner's observation and description of people's actions revealed underlying currents that control people and create "truths" where there is only reaction to embedded beliefs at work. The book treats racism and religion and sexual rules of conduct directly when one, or all, surface to take over; then things settle again into routine. It was as though Faulkner was walking next to me, revealing society and letting me learn to search out and examine my own underlying currents, but never directly pointing out or judging. He respects the reader's intelligence. Faulkner is truly a master writer.
The author does a great job of telling the story through the thoughts and deeds of various characters.
Christmas and his foster father's trip to town and visit to the cafe where Christmas meets the waitress that will change his life.
The reader did an excellent job with each character's "voice". Listening to this book was very enjoyable and I found myself really getting into the story. There were several times I went back to listen to a part a second time just to pay closer attention to the language used. Though this book was written decades ago I think its theme of how race and family influence our lives is still important today.
Faulkner’s classic tell of race and class in the south during the 1930s in a sweeping story with compelling characters that capture the emotions and competing beliefs and challenges of the times. It is truly a two act work with the first being a story of unfilled homes and dreams as a young pregnant Lena Grove searches for the lost love of her life and the second is charged with racism as Joe Christmas struggles with his race identity in a prejudice society. A very thought invoking read on race and classicism relevant to its time as well as today.
I don't know why I am surprised when I listen to a classic and its good, A Light in August does not disappoint. While the story is really good its the writing that's amazing...The phrases were simply but beautifully written. I did have re-listen a few times to keep the premise but I was working while listening and tend to lose track.
Will Patton is amazing! I listened to him narrate Alas! Babylon and now this. I believe his is my new favorite narrator.
I will be reading to more of William Faulkner now.