Will Patton does an excellent job with this Southern classic, as he narrates the story with appropriate accents and a pace that goes along with the unhurried pace of the protagonist's journey. A wonderful way to re-acquaint yourself with a famous work, or to explore it for the first time.
A little wordy at times, but a great way to sample Faulkner, and The South
all of them.
I desperately tried to grasp what the author was attempting to accomplish. I endured these ramblings right to the end. I do not recomment this book. Chased too many rabbits in too many directions. Whew! Glad this novel is OVER!
Although this is a beautifully written novel, I was completely unable to care about any of the characters. Quite frankly, I didn't care if they were happy or sad, lived or died. I also found it incredibly irritating to have to listen to the same scene told from different viewpoints considering I felt no empathy for any of the characters. If I was reading this, I would have stopped part way through, but I'm still new to audio books so I haven't yet learnt to give up on the ones I'm not enjoying.
The narration was average, neither enticing me nor putting me off, though I did find I had to constantly change the volume.
I couldn't finish this book. My reads need to have a good storyline, move at a reasonable pace and have interesting character development. Light in August failed all three.
Somebody that is 85 years old and from the south
Not William Faulkner
This book just was not my style. The writing style is too thick and the writer worked so hard to create indepth emotion and feelings that he created nothing instead. Archiac and verbose.
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
Faulkner uses words like tea leaves to brew deep mysterious worlds that we forget existed here not so very long ago. How ardently one longs for the trust and simplicity that resonates in the background of the melody he creates with living breathing humans. Read this with your grandchildren and make sure they know that we rose to greatness before TV and smart phones. Teach them that people believe and decieve each other and that family is what family does... Tender as all Faulkners work the characters here play out our fears and hopes. It is a story that makes you think... do that ... think... this book will help.
I might. The storyline was rich and might even be worth a second read --something I almost never do.
When the main character walked from Alabama to Missippi while in the advanced stage of pregnancy.
We have improved race relations somewhat.
Absolutely. Especially if I was on a road trip in the southern United States to remind me of what it would have been like in an earlier time. This book addresses religion, racism, gender and southern values in ways which are both humble and honest. On top of that it's a beautiful story with the lives of a diverse group of people interwoven in complex ways.
Somehow I got through high school and college without reading any Faulkner (how did that happen?!) and must sheepishly admit I grabbed this one during an Audible classics sale, otherwise I would have passed it by. Thank you Audible for the sale. Faulkner is a master, and now I know why.
This story was written in the early 1930s and gives us a look into life of small southern communities of the era. If you have delicate sensibilities about the use of certain racial slurs or racist thinking in general, then this book is not for you.
Life was slower. Society was rigid. Opportunities for non-whites, the poor and women were limited. LIGHT IN AUGUST handles these big themes. Good and evil. Light and dark. Religion. Sex. Race. Death. But it's also just a dang good story.
If Faulkner had told the story in a linear fashion, starting at Point A and leading us to The End, it would be interesting. Instead, he entrances us by slowly unfurling the characters, their backgrounds, their reasons for action (or non-action) and their interconnectedness.
As a narrator, Will Patton is amazing. He brings forth the southern accents and characters like the true professional he is. Some of the characters made me laugh out loud with their southern grammar and slang -- I'm certain it would have not been nearly as fun trying to read through it myself and figuring out what the heck was being said. Patton brought even more color and life to the story.
Author C.E. Morgan has called Faulkner, "A writer of prodigious powers." She was right.