Why write a hundred words when 10,000 will do. I love will Patton but the book was dreadful. I really should return it for something, anything.
I really should have known not to pick an Opra recommendation
I love to listen to a book while I walk my dog, sit on the deck of a ship, or while I'm doing my dishes or folding laundry.
I thought it would be better. I'm not sure I want to listen to it again in order to get the meaning. I understand the story but I'm guessing it seems a lot about nothing. Simple story, too many words. (Salliery esq)
Semi-retired labor and delivery nurse, wife, mother and grandmother of 10. Love to read for pleasure. B&B owner in the Texas Hill Country.
Think Grapes of Wrath with African Americans. Very hard to keep listening when it continues to be so hopelessly bleak. I know, it WAS bleak but I needed a character to root for or admire a little. There just weren't any.
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
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
To this reviewer, Faulkner, like Mark Twain, is an acquired taste. “Light in August” is considered by Modern Library, in their 1998 list, to be one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century; “Time” magazine suggests the same thing in 1923 and 2005.
“Abasalom, Abasalom” is William Faulkner’s vision of the South. It is an interesting book but it gnaws at one’s sense of completeness, both in the society being described and the fate of its characters. Faulkner describes early 20th century prejudice with characters that are largely unforgivable and unlikable. All women are characterized as dissemblers, and sex objects that lure men to sin as though men have no will of their own. Religion is exclusively seen as punitive and destructive. Faulkner pictures southern life as dark with only slivers of light; maybe slivers of light in August but only one month in twelve leaves his characters mostly mired in violence, sin, and despair.
Faulkner draws attention to American societal failures in the same way his contemporary Richard Wright does in “Native Son”. However, Faulkner paints on a wider canvas; i.e. exploring the dark side of religious zealotry which has no north/south or east/west boundary. The irony of Faulkner’s wider vision is its narrow focus. Both “Light in August” and “Native Son” are difficult to read because of the brutality of their main characters but Faulkner, though more lyrical and broadly visionary, is ironically one-dimensional and less complete than Wright.
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.
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.