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Maybe Faulkner needed to reboot his typewriter.


I just finished reading the first part of The Sound and the Fury, and, uh ...

A little help?

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thenightfly5150
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
The first part is the hardest to get through. As I'm sure you noticed, it's all written in stream of consciousness. This is meant to put you right in Benjy's thoughts, keeping in mind that he's mentally handicapped. He understands life through very concrete tangibles such as sound, touch, etc. Not necessarily abstracts and ideas.

Benjy also has no concept of time and thinks of all the events he talks about as happening on that current day. That makes the first part so difficult to understand, at least for me.

The other parts aren't quite written like so, and you can decipher the first bit from reading the others. They make more sense, anyway.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alex. It was unlike anything I've ever read, that's for sure.
sarahk809
Jun. 30th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I plan to read that soon. I read "As I Lay Dying" recently, for the first time, and it was amazing. After that, I decided I would go back to time-honored classics. I remember someone saying that AILD is the *easiest* Faulkner so I'm looking forward to The Sound and the Fury.

Stream of consciousness is a style that makes sense, to me, only after reading and most often re-reading (I'm slow). What are you reading now?
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, Sarah. Good to see you back on the air.

When I was finished with the Faulkner, it was about as clear as a jigsaw puzzle that was maybe a little more than half-assembled. I'm sure another reading would help. Maybe someday.

Right now I am reading some Emerson essays. On deck are A Passage to India, The Heart of the Matter and A Farewell to Arms. Like you say, time-honored classics.
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