The Sound and the Fury
Author: William Faulkner
Pages [hardcover]: 420
memorable quote: A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune
Benjy & Caddy
One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in American literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant.
I had to read this book for school and I was worried from the beginning. Not only does the text jump backward in time to about a million places, it barely gives any warning as to when it’s doing so. If any at all. Add in that of the four sections, one is told from the perspective of a mentally handicapped guy, and another from a suicidal one. Talk about some unreliable, and all over the place, narrators.
And yet, this Faulkner guy has to be pretty brilliant to pull off a novel like this, and still have it really mean something in the end. After I got over my initial annoyance, trying to figure out where and when things were happening actually became enjoyable. Fun. And I wanted to know what would happen to the characters, as well as what had happened to them in the past.
This has to be one of the better classics I’ve ever read, and it’s one I’ll be tempted to pick up again. I think every time I’ll read it, I’ll get something new out of it, and there’s no way I can’t appreciate what Faulkner did to get this book to the quality it is. I really recommend it, even if it does seem intimidating. I never thought I’d be able to even understand it, and ended up loving it.
CLASSICALLY BRILLIANT. 5/5 stars