I liked Faulkner's compassion for characters to whom many people who read literary wouldn't give much more than the time of day. I also liked Faulkner's originality and his ability to make local matters universal.
I can think of a coupler of recent English novels that owe a debt to As I Lay Dying: The Hide by Barry Unsworth and Last Orders by Graham Swift, which was made into a movie with some good acting in it. Faulkner influenced Carson McCullers and numerous other Americans, including Paul Harding, who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers. As for predecessors, how about The Spoon River Anthology.
This is the first time I've heard this team. I thought they read clearly and with expressiveness.
Parts of it made me laugh. No tears here.
Yes, I will listen again. "Bleak House" is one of my favourites. It has a lot to offer. It's probably inexhaustible.
Dickens' expansive picture of London and English society, the range of characters, the ease of Dickens' writing, though there's a fair amount of repetition and I wondered if he was paid by the word.
Too hard to answer. Many characters are memorable.
Certainly not. It runs for over thirty hours.
This is a great work, humane, generous, humorous and full of life. The reading is upbeat and vivid, with a separate voice for almost every character. I haven't come across a novel in English that I like better. .
I listened to the audio edition and followed along with the print edition in my hand. The two complemented each other well. The audio book helped to smooth out the complicated parts of Faulkner's narrative.
Faulkner's unique arrangement of his narrative. The vividness of the characters. Faulkner's instinct for the universal. The interplay of the members of the Compson family and the black characters, whom Faulkner draws well.
The liveliness and clarity of his reading. He kept the characters separate from each other and managed various southern U. S. accents well.
I've been re-reading some of Faulkner's stories and listening to some on audiobook. In my opinion, "Absalom, Absalom" is a great novel. I haven' t yet found anything in Faulkner's work to equal it.I don't know where it came from or how Faulkner happened to write it. "The Sound and the Fury" is innovative and cut to a smaller scale. Jason Compson is overdone, one-sided, without notable ambition. Still, it's a fine novel.
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