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W. Reich

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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
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    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    Robert Stevens says: "Superb reading of an excellent work"
    "Tiresome. Dreary. Slow. Drawn out."
    Overall

    I feel compelled to write a review (my first!) about this book since I had a much less enjoyable experience than most of the other reviewers so far, and I frankly struggled to complete this book.

    This is not due to the narration of Mr. Patton, or the production of the audiobook. Both were outstanding.

    Although I was looking forward to my first Faulkner book, and I love southern fiction, about midway through I found myself wishing it would be over so I could move on to my next book.

    I think my disinterest was largely due to the fact that it seemed like there were no clear protagonists in this story, or at least very few characters with any likeable and redeeming characteristics. There was nobody to "root" for, and that left me disengaged and uninterested. Combine that with the rehashing the same tiresome themes over and over again, along with the understated and slow writing style and dialogue, and it made finishing the book a chore.

    Obviously, I am in the minority. I know this is considered a classic. I just wanted to warn other readers that this might be one of those classics that might require a bit more effort on the reader's part, and you may not enjoy it in the end.

    75 of 87 people found this review helpful

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