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.
No. Although it started out well, the last half didn't make a lot of sense.
The plot and characters were confusing.
I like the scene where the young lady met the man at the mill. I also liked the scene where the adopted father of the protagonist accosted him at a dance in town. I also liked the scene where the teenagers picked him up hitchhiking on the side of the road. Many specific scenes were quite vividly portrayed.
No. Not enough plot. Too disjointed.
Riveting. Guttural. Intense.
Christmas seeing the waitress for the first time in the diner. The revelation of Christmas' origin. And, the revelation of the janitor's identity.
Too voluminous to simplify in a review. He owned the story.
If I could have I would have. I listened on sequential days--couldn't wait for the opportunity to "plug in!"
Made me want to download as much of Faulkner's body of work as possible. I only wish Will Patton could be Faulkner's exclusive voice.
Ethereal -- words that drift and sometimes drive straight into that sense beyond hearing and beyond seeing. Only one two other books moved me as much: Hugh Dickson's reading of Bleak House and Anthony Heald's reading of Moby Dick. All these books I read and listened, alternatively, the pleasure deeper for the hearing of it.
I wanted to read a Faulkner book and this was on sale. The story was interesting, but a bit depressing. I finished the book and was happy when it was over. In the end, every action has a reaction, for the good or for the bad. This is what I walked away with. Racism and hatred hurts everyone in the end. Faulkner's writing is like poetry and this kept me going till the end.
Entertaining, descriptive (of the time period, people and scenarios) and drama-filled (like an old fasioned-soap opera).
The narrator's voice and ability to go into the characters really made the book come alive for me. The story, written in 1932, set in the 1800's I believe, is written in older-style, poetic in areas and very wordy at times. I had to sometimes paraphrase in my mind the main points through the wordy parts of any such scene to keep focus of what was really being said. Though overall the story kept me listening for more. Kudos to Will Patton for a superb job with his intonations and inflections for the many interesting characters and storylines (there were multiple stories within stories that were within the main story itself). He kept me listening to that wonderful voice of his and I heard the entire 15+ hour book within 2.5 days during spare time. It was thought provoking to the time period and sometimes humorous as well. Overall a definite recommended read (or listen).
The charators and their stories are rich. The language gets a bit ponderous in multiple sections. It is easier to listen to when being active about listening rather then when attempting to multi-task.
I was moved to tears, especially by the individual plights of the women at the end of the story.
Narration by Will Patton gives this Mississippi based novel a great atmosphere. The novel itself seems to drag at times, as if the writer was fishing for direction, and then picks up for a shocking end.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
Will Patton does the most amazing job tirelessly scratching through Faulkner's overly wordy prose. There really is a great American Novel hiding under all those words, but you have to weed out all the extraneous verbage to find it. I found myself saying out loud more than once, "Yah, yah, I got it...just spit it out already!" Faulkner apparently likes to tell you something is red 5 different ways....or everything 5 different ways. I am amazed that more people didnt just lose interest in his work. No doubt the stiry us powerful, the characters deep and complex, but you have to strip the prose off to find all that out. Patten IS the best narration for Southern literature.