I agree with ALL the reviewers...it is beautifully written, dreary, hard to put down, a chore to get through. i'm glad i read it but i don't think i'll be running to purchase and read another Faulkner any too soon if this is considered one of his most "accessible".
I have kept a running stockpile of unlistened-to books in my library lately. "Light in August" somehow kept dropping to the bottom of the pile while new purchases were flowing in. As often happens the book I had been trying so carefully to avoid turned out to be the best of the lot. And not by a narrow margin either.
The novel is set in the American South in the 19th century or possibly early 20th. The central strand of the plot is the story of Joe Christmas who has some "n-word blood" in him that dooms him from the start in the society he is born into. And one day there is a big fire and his life is about to take yet another turn...
For me, it was even more about how it was written. I was especially impressed by the language. So vidid, so natural, so simple yet so beautiful. Much of the credit should go to the narrator for the interpretation. This was much more than simply reading. The accents were so melodious like these people were almost singing.
I would not say that this book was especially challenging. You do have to keep a minimum level of concentration though. It is not one of those books you can tune out of and then jump right back in at any time. The characters that were introduced by name at the beginning of a chapter may be referred to only as "he" or "she" for the rest of the chapter.
A great novel and a great production. I could barely stop listening to work and sleep.
I was transfixed by this Faulkner/Patton collaboration.... it was truly a delight to rediscover the gorgeous emotional and descriptive landscape of this great book, to enjoy again what a 'page-turner it is, and to revel in Patton's pitch-perfect performance.
Patton's performance is comparable to a master performance of, say, a Beethoven symphony. Some of the best narration I've listened to, and I've heard a lot. (Arguing whether or not the book, a twentieth century classic, is good is ridiculous. If you don't like it, there's something missing in you, not the book.)
Not sure how this could be a better rated book. I found it dragging and hard to follow. Also my first Faulkner and probably my last. Hardest book to finish ever!
About the same as the rest of the book, oh hum.
Always like will Patton 's readings. Great voice
One of the best I've listened to
I loved Will Patton as a narrator. He did an excellent job with all the chracters
The names of the characters are so wonderful and unusual.
All the characters are well developed by Faulkner
I thought this book was boring and all of the characters were dysfunctional. It seemed just a rambling of words with no plot.