The Sound and the Fury
By William Faulkner
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book, mostly because I'm not quite sure I completely understood it. I've always had trouble with stream-of-consciousness writing, and most of the story is told in that style. In general, I found the text very difficult, nearly opaque. In fact, if not for Barron's BookNotes, I probably would never have made it through the first section. I did make it, though, and underneath the words I got a sense of a story that I found compelling, even if I didn't completely follow it. I'm not sure I could tell you what happened in that story--in fact, I'm pretty sure not much happened at all--but something about the characters and their circumstances evoked some pretty strong feelings in me. I think I'll have to come back to it again some time.
Started: 12/20/2004 | Finished: 12/28/2004