©1958 William Faulkner; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.
This is another good book really poorly narrated. The half-enervated singsong of the narrator's voice seems intended to reflect the music of Faulkner's prose, but the effect is like singing Emily Dickinson's poems to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas - it just doesn't match the emotional tenor of the content. How do you square singsong with a text filled with words like "vicious" in the first half-hour? The effect is stilted and so distant from the actual content of the text that listening is a process of battling to filter out the narrator's voice. I gave up. This is the second $14.95 I've wasted on unlistenable narration in the last few months.
This narrator is absolutely destroying my love of William Faulkner.
He is possibly the worst narrator I have come across so far.
I am giving this one star because someone needs to tell this guy not to perform any female characters or characters he thinks are slow-witted.
I will be avoiding this narrator at all costs.
Not Faulkner's best by a long shot, but the book is better than the narrator allows it to be. The effect is similar to that of having a mosquito at your ear while you are trying to sleep. . . .
"?Evil has its logic too? ? no comfort read"
Approached forward from ?As I Lay Dying? and backward from Cormac McCarthy?s ?No Country For Old Men,? nothing really prepared me for ?Sanctuary.?
Scouring the internet for reviews, the only thing I got was a hysterical liken to Tobe Hooper?s ?Texas Chainsaw Massacre? ? which is plainly nonsense. Be warned, however, there is still an ?if you dare? quality to this book which belies its 1931 publication date.
Sanctuary lies at the fountainhead of the Southern Gothic genre and, had the reviewer seen Tracey Letts? stage play ?Killer Joe? which I saw when it exploded onto London?s West End for a short controversial run in the mid 1990s, then I?m sure I?d have applauded the comparison and somewhat tempered my approach in heeding the warning.
Language and stereotyping are important weapons in a culture and it is important to assert that what passes in ?Sanctuary? reflects rather than endorses that unctuous Southern Aristocracy. The words and descriptions are all here bringing an immediate dissonance that may have you throwing down the book in disgust.
But it is the milieu familiarly of Cormac McCarthy and, perhaps - not so familiarly of John Steinbeck and, I?d suggest, Quentin Tarrantino. In fact, the narrative structure of Sanctuary and the venal central cast seems to perfectly inform Tarrantino?s filmic work.
You have to view the whole from its completion and be prepared to work hard, put your sensitivities to one side and complete the catharsis before coming out of this Grecian tragedy into the bright sunny day of the rainy 6th arrondissement of Temple Drake?s ?Paris with Daddy.?
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