Monday, May 11, 2009

Note to self

I never finished my "book of the month" for April so I decided to go easy on myself for May and pick a classic novel. Unfortunately I picked "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. So far it is possibly one of the most difficult story lines to follow due to shifting narrators (one of the narrators is mentally retarded) and jumps in timeline. I kind of cheated and read a plot synopsis which helped a little. Anyone else read it? According to Wikipedia it recently, was selected by the Modern Library as the sixth greatest English-language novel of the twentieth century so it must be worth taking the time to wade through it.


The McGuires said...

I read it too for a literature class I took. Luckily, I had a teacher walking me through it, or I would have been lost too. Once you figure out what is going on and that it is jumping around the timeline, it actually isn't too bad. Good luck!

joy said...

I read it in college, too and actually remembering liking it--once I figured out what was going on. I totally appreciated Faulkner's ability to switch points of view between his characters and write with such different voices for each one. Anyway, plot synopsis totally helps and I don't think that's cheating.

Kiert said...

I read it in HS. To tell the truth, I don't remember much about the plot, but I do remember the stream-of-consciousness style was fascinating...and difficult! You are brave. My rule of thumb during all of pregnancy and the first 3ish months or so of baby's life is: read nothing more mentally challenging than Harry Potter. So I usually end up re-reading the entire series. :)

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