This book is a difficult text to read first because Faulkner's prose style is dense and challenging and second because the dialogue is rooted in a colloquial "back-woods" language not familiar to those of us not from ealy 20th century Mississppi. Joe Barrett levels these factors out by reading the text in a very skilled manner. I look forward to more Faulkner to be performed by Joe Barett.
In terms of the book, it is a very challenging book but worth the read because Faulkner is making some very serious commentaries on how information is received, processed, communicated and sanitized within social groups and how the importance of such "infomation processing" can be exploited and leveraged for financial gain and social status improvement. Very weighty stuff here. This is one of Faulkner's less acclaimed works (many critics have assessed it as an unsuccessful and ineffective novel) however I stongly recommend it - it gave me the sense that I had just read a book that was considered by many to be a failure however it deepened my perspective on how politics plays out in group settings, how expoitation occurs and how morality is "baselined" (and by whom it is baselined). Read this after the Hamlet and before the Mansion (both also available through Joe Barrett's narration on Audible) to experience the entire Snopes Trilogy.
The writing was superlative. The story was a little creepy. The main character was a great tragic figure. And it is a novel regarding place as well - the way in which he refers back to roman times was really fascinating - makes me want to visit the locale. This was a great book and a great production. Thanks.
This is a great study of the psychology underpinning homelessness and addiction. The move with Jack Nicholson and Merryl Streep was good, but don't miss the book - very good.
I've seen the movie, listened to the screenplay on audible and now finished the novel - great story. Thanks for making it available.
The history of washington's life almost defies belief -that a man could be so level headed and constant in his service and his convictions. There is a reason for why so many landmarks are named in his honor.
Better than the movie (which I loved) because (1) there is no corny romance element to the story; and, more importantly, (2) the defending attorney does not shame the aspiring novelist for having undermined the Captain, but he rather shames the aspiring novelist for having effectively removed a mine sweeper during the most dangerous period of the War in the Pacific. This slight variance is important and it makes it clear that the stakes were super high and the impact of such a mutiny had the potential impact on more than just the reputation of a distinguished captain, but rather on the outcome of the war. Based on this, I am inspired to read Woulk's Winds of War and War and Rememberance.
Classical ancient history - gotta take it all with a grain of salt and be thankful that it came down to us. This particular text, which focuses on Alexander the Great, is an excellent resource if you want to understand one of the major pieces of evidence we have covering his campaigns. Get the "Landmark" history book (Robert Strassler) for Arian which covers the exact same text and includes all of the maps and pictures.
I loved this short history which aimed to explain the historic precedents / underpinnings to the WWI outbreak. It is an excellent book for those who are relatively new to the subject and want an insightful perspective on the great war. An example of one of the the author's key insights is that one could argue that World War I ended with the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989 (we traditionally refer to this as the "cold war").
I.e. WWI sounded the death knell for many fixtures of western civilization (the Ottoman Empire, the Hapsburg dynasty, etc.) and the effects of this colossal rupture (analogous to the fall of Western half of the Roman Empire in 410 AD) reverberated through the remainder of the 20th century, manifesting itself in WWII and the Cold War. In fact, we still feel the effects of the WWI rupture today, and historians in future generations may look upon the entire period subsequent to WWI as a single historic event (again, similar to how we view the formation of Europe as a function of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
Reading was good, but I am not convinced with the author's whole "point" which seems to be that, because we live in a peaceful, prosperous time, we somehow need a vent, or outlet, for our violent tendencies and the inherent void within ourselves. Perhaps this is true for the author but it is certainly not a "universal problem". Rather than "fight club", why not contribute positively to the community by volunteering to help others?
In any case, I was hoping the book would have more of a message than the movie, but I was sadly disappointed. I know my review is controversial, so I'll caveat this by saying "just my 2 cents".
The short stories of Faulkner are an excellent intro to his writing style and his Mississippi subject matter. A lot of these stories connect into his novels, or they are original drafts of chapters of his later novels. Pretty insightful stuff if you give it time and read through these. The readings are performed by a variety of narrators who all do an excellent job. Highly recommended. He's considered to be one of the best writers in American history - so this production is a valuable resource for people who do not have the time to sit and read, but want to expose themselves to one of the greatest fiction writers.
This book will give you a very detailed sense in terms of what was happening in the Holy Land during New Testament period - roughly the period when Acts of the Apostles was set. I'm not a huge fan of Josephus as he was effectively a traitor who received huge financial benefits from Rome. This book is an example of "victors write the history" because Josephus' account is practically all we have. Nonetheless it was good ancient history with yet another solid reading by C Griffin.
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