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I've been trying to read Sound and Faulkner for...decades, with resources and guides (and I'm a Joycean!) but...this novel's just hard for me to follow.
Nothing happens the entire book and very hard to even follow what is happening since the book doesn't translate very well to audiobook due to italicizes sections in the book denoting character thoughts. This is a story of stupid people doing stupid things and reaping the natural consequences. Nothing noteworthy and nothing to learn here. I rarely leave a review but hope that this might spare someone.
No...but if you have a hard time with Faulkner then this is definitely worth the listen. Just make sure you do some extra research to keep the story straight.
Dilsey...somebody has to keep these Compson people from themselves.
This one while good is inferior to his performance in Absalom, Absalom.
Elitist white people with way too many neuroses.
I'm a teacher in Florida who loves to listen to books whenever possible! I enjoy listening to classics in audiobook format. Happy reading!
It's a classic, but I found it so difficult to follow. Part of it was the displacement of time that I think would have been a lot easier to follow in print, since they used italics there. It was so jumbled.
I'd be very reluctant to.
I would have had something delineate the difference between the timelines- a tone of voice, or some sort of mention.
Some of the characters were interesting.
I'm pretty sure that anyone who says that they actually enjoy this book just wants to sound smart.
This is not an easy book to understand given its stream of consciousness format, but listening to it made it much more understandable and enjoyable. It really is a masterpiece.
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.
Book: Various lists make this novel a classic or one of the top novels, at least in English. I see the quality in the prose and it is interesting that the novel shows the action of four days from the viewpoint of four persons. It is a slice of life time from this period: early 20th Century rural South from the point of view of a declining white family. I did not like the stream of conscious writing in part of the book since I think the technique foregoes good writing style; it reminds me of abstract art. Overall, I found it well done and I would buy the book. However, I do not think I would read it again versus reading something new.
Audio Production: The reader was excellent and made the book very enjoyable. In fact, I rate the production higher the actual book. However, consider my credentials as non-student of literature.
I think having The Sound and the Fury read to me helped immensely with my understanding of this complex story by Faulkner. Because it is written in an unconventional way, Gardner's reading made clear immediately what Faulkner was attempting to accomplish. I think I would have been confused had I been strictly reading the text.
I had read the book during college - it was one of those books that I would stop, go back a few paragraphs, and re-read a section to be sure I had grasped what was happening - and so I was concerned (I guess more curious) to how well an audiobook could capture the shifts in perspective and time. Grover Gardner is consistently good in my opinion, but this has to be one of his best performances. His reading brought the book to life for me in a way that greatly enhanced my experience of it.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the book is difficult and takes some effort. (And having already read it, I can't comment on the experience of starting with the audiobook alone.) However, the effort is richly rewarded - this is one of Faulkner's best, and Faulkner himself is arguably the best at capturing the self-contradictory pride and moral decay of the post-antebellum South, while bundling all of this tragedy up in engaging storytelling.
This has to be the best production of Faulkner on audio available. I can't imagine how it could be better.
Decadence, human nature.
Caddy. She is strong willed and will not give in to bribery. She is the only one who really cares and loves Benjy, showing the only human character in the family.
An excellent reading makes it easier to understand. Not an easy book, but Gardner's changes in tone and accents help a lot.
No. You have to listen to a part, think about it and maybe listen again before going to the next section.
I will look for more books read by Grover Gardner.
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