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"I wrote this book and learned to read....I had gone through all that I had ever read, from Henry James through Henty to newspaper murders, without making any distinction or digesting any of it, as a moth or a goat might. After The Sound and the Fury and without heeding to open another book and in a series of delayed repercussions like summer thunder, I discovered the Flauberts and Dostoievskys and Conrads whose books I had read ten years ago. With The Sound and the Fury I learned to read and quit reading, since I have read nothing since....This is the only one of the seven novels which I wrote without any accompanying feeling of drive or effort, or any following feeling of exhaustion or relief or distaste. When I began it I had no plan at all. I wasn't even writing a book." William Faulkner

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i read this book and learned to think.
the sound of their voices made me forget everything.
for those who care for such things it is a valuable and brilliant story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679732242
Author:
Faulkner, William
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Mentally handicapped
Subject:
Mississippi
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Master and servant
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Aristocracy (Social class)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Vintage Internat
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. 652
Publication Date:
October 1990
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.75 in 0.61 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679732242 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Faulkner is in a class of his own, and this is his best work. Moving seamlessly from its opening incoherence to its revelatory finale, it's almost as if he is teaching you how to read the novel as you are reading it! A family drama with some of the most exquisitely drawn characters in all of fiction, Faulkner takes up those disparate threads of beauty and loss, entwining them over the course of the story until you realize that you can't have one without the other. Don't let the eccentric prose of that first chapter deter you; you don't want to miss what's hidden in these pages.

"Review" by , "For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics."
"Review" by , "Faulkner...belongs to the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust."
"Review" by , "For all the range of effect, philosophical weight, originality of style, variety of characterization, humor, and tragic intensity [Faulkner's works] are without equal in our time and country."
"Review" by , "Faulkner performed a labor of imagination that has not been equaled in our time...first, to invent a Mississippi county that was like a mythical kingdom, but was complete and living in all its details; second, to make his story of Yoknapatawpha County stand as a parable of legend of all the Deep South."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

This edition follows the text of The Sound and the Fury as corrected in 1984. It includes an editor's note by Noel Polk on the corrections following the text.

"Synopsis" by , First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling," the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers--the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason.
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