5 stars · classic · fiction

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

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

favorite characters:
Benjy & Caddy

summary:

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.

review:

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

fiction · young adult

Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

Author: John Green

Pages [hardcover]: 305

Memorable Quote: “Talking to a drunk person was like talking to an extremely happy, severely brain-damaged three-year-old.”

Favorite Character: Quentin

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Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Printz medalist John Green returns with the brilliant wit and searing emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of listeners.

Review:

 I’ve waited far too long to read one of John Green’s novels. I’ve heard nothing but praise for them, but never had the urge to pick one up before now. Thankfully, my local library had a copy of Paper Towns, which I snatched half on a whim, half to find out whether or not it would click with me.

I can’t put my finger on what exactly made me like this book. The characters were brilliant, and exactly like teenagers-fickle and filled with flaws, but not necessarily bad because of this. And I think so many young adult books dumb it down or add large words that just don’t mix with modern speech. The twisting plot, attitude problems, and relationship drama reminds me of myself and my friends. It’s always great when you can relate to what you read.

I like the little quirks Quentin & Co. are given. Margo is a mystery in and of herself, adding plenty of suspense and intrigue. Though I definitely liked the story from the start, the plot picked up near the end and I ended up blowing off a night of homework just to get to the end. ^^ So, be warned. Whatever you were doing before you started this…Prepare to procrastinate with Paper Towns.

Paper Towns is a great novel that I give 4.5/5 stars. I recommend it to any mystery, young adult, or John Green fans. Plus, any nerdfighters out there. I’ve been one for…half a year now, I think. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check out vlogbrotherse on youtube, and visit their channel page here. Fight for awesome and decrease world suck!