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I had a hard time getting through "Light in August" because this is my first introduction at reading anything from William Faulkner. Maybe a bit too heavy to handle for a first timer. I don't disagree that Faulkner has good skills in writing and should appreciate his books more.
I was talking to my past English teacher in high school that I was listening to "Light in August" and my teacher suggested that I should have a different approach at reading this book. I imagined myself sitting in front of a village store or at a park, just chilling and have all of the time in the world to just listen to their stories, like Forrest Gump and the bus stop. I happened to agree with my teacher that his approach to this book. It is the way to go because it helped me to understand the plot better.
This is not my favorite book. I found it to be very redundant and boring and most of the characters are ignorant. I also have very little interest in slavery or the South. It's not because that I don't like history, but I'm not a fan of the era. Maybe because I've read so little and seen so much on the screen.
If my high school teacher gave us this assignment back then, I would had been lost and kept referring to the SparkNotes. As for the performance of Will Patton, I didn't liked his pace of storytelling. I don't blame him or the author, but I should had read something else to get my ears familiarize of Faulkner.
Thanks teacher for the suggestion. Your suggestion at listening to this book worked, but I was ready to walk away from the conversation. I wasn't a good listener in class either.
Faulkner can be tough to read, though I don’t think this book is particularly challenging. I would start with Light in August if you were going to read/listen to Faulkner for the first time. It’s a well-crafted story from start to finish, where the words dance off the pages, leaving you in awe of Faulkner’s ability to stitch them together to create a pallet of delightful imagery and sound, which transports you to this realm, like it or not. Will Patton is a master at his craft; I’m talking high-level master, well beyond first or second degree. I couldn’t stop myself from telling others about his voicing, his accents, because I couldn’t believe it was one person reading this book aloud, which he does with grace and impeccable timing. This is a must listen! Highly, highly recommended!
First, let me say that Will Patton is a fantastic narrator. I chose Light in August out of all the 87 books I hadn't yet read on the Modern Library 100 Best Novels list purely because Patton narrates it (his reading of Deliverance is to die for).
I am disinterested in Faulkner, and I haven't read any of his other novels, but Light in August did not wow me. It had great small-town dramatic potential, but where Richard Russo is stunning, Faulkner is merely very skilled. I did not mind the slow pace or the convoluted, almost Modernist arrangement of the chapters, but I like a plodding drama to pay off at the end (again, Empire Falls comes to mind), and I felt like the juice here wasn't really worth the squeeze.
On the other hand, if you ever need reminding as to exactly how depraved, racist, overzealous, idiotic, and generally backwards we could be in the Jim Crow era of the American South, this is the novel for you.
Love the narrator, and I might try another Faulkner book, but I'd have to read the reviews really carefully.
No, I love historical fiction. It might turn me off other Faulkner books though.
This book is unbelievably slow. I'm about halfway through, only still listening to it because I don't have another Audible credit yet.
It begins with the story of a young Southern girl who becomes pregnant out of wedlock, and runs off to be with the baby's father. However, the girl is soon dropped from the story entirely (I assume we will meet her again later), and the book picks up another storyline, of a young black man named Christmas, who can pass for white. He's incredibly unlikeable, as are most of the characters. It is rare for me to read a book in which I can't identify with or admire a single character, but here we are.
Moreover, Faulkner's writing style (at least in this book, I'm not familiar with his other writing) is slow and repetitive. (I'm making this up, but here's an example): "She combed her hair, combed her hair with the comb she had bought at the general store with a grubby nickel, combed her hair every night before bed." Yuck. Reminds me of The Old Man and the Sea, very tiresome and simplistic.
The narrator is clearly talented, and I like him very much - just wish he were reading something better.
It was read well- smooth and creamy voice - but I had no idea what was going on half the time. I was waiting for the point - bits of stories had some follow through and then got lost with no real tie up in the end. The language at first was clever and flowery but after a while it was - will you just say it once and say it plain. I found it was just for the sake of words and maybe you will like that but some of the finer points of the stories just passed me by - Em thinking so what !
Im not stupid but to me this was just self indulgent- I listen to the end thinking - this will come together it will have a last great revelation and I will go 'Oh now I see' - but I never did see
I'm sorry, Oprah but I absolutely hated this book - I actually didn't finish it, although I lasted over half way,hoping against hope for an improvement. In my opinion, the narration is very poor. Every word is read soooo sloowwly, the accents are terrible and the book just doesn't have any clear storyline. Sorry but no good things to say here.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 12, RN and book nerd
I'll start by saying that I've read this book 4-5 times since I was 13yrs of age. It is one of my favorites and each time I complete it, I come away with something new. This audible was outstanding! I am a fan of Southern writers and will read pretty much anything written by one of these authors. Some are fair, some are good, and more than a few are great. Take a great writer and have his or her work narrated by Will Patton, and now you have a work that has been given breath, color and animation that cannot be replicated even if the work is set to film. Even if you have read this book before, let me tell you that you are missing and opportunity to experience it in an entirely new light with this audio version. Well worth the credit!!!!!
The story was good, but I got bored with all the description, and using every synonym possible in the English language in each sentence. Just not my style. I started losing interest by the time I got to the last chapters. I just wanted to get to the end of the story.
I love to listen to American books. Following the plot, keeping track of personal developments and intrigues while walking two miles to work
After a couple of chapters I stopped reading. I had the idea I was missing the gist of the story. I may try it again this August ;-)
Christian, attorney and lover of the pursuit of excellence in sports, the arts, and life.
Engaging Southern Story
the old testament
the right tone and everything else
This was a far better experience than I expected. I thought it would be too dense and difficult to be enjoyable. Perhaps I am just at a point in my life where I can appreciate a work of this quality and depth.
The read by Will Patton was simply amazing and confirms in my mind that he is the best.