1001 Books/The Classics Club – The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

After my meltdown a couple of weeks ago, I buckled down and kept reading The Sound and the Fury. It wasn’t entirely to prove to myself I could read a challenging book, though that did play a small part. I kept reading because as I progressed through the novel, it became easier to understand. Did I understand all of it? No. But, I understood enough to be glad I finished it. Will I read more Faulkner? Maybe. This time, however, I will know what I’m getting into.

As far as a review goes, there isn’t much to say and I am sure whatever I say will be wrong or shallow or ignorant. The Sound and the Fury (★★★) is about the dissolution of a Southern aristocratic family, told in stream of consciousness from multiple points of view. The characters are equal parts fascinating and frustrating. I would love to see it filmed. It would be difficult but if handled correctly could be a great film, or a great mini-series on HBO or AMC.

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