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[Read Ebook] õ The Sound and the Fury ⛑ The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the corrected edition scrupulously prepared by Noel Polk, whose textual note precedes the text David Minter s annotations are designed to assist the reader with obscure words and allusions Backgrounds begins with the appendix Faulkner wrote in 1945 and sometimes referred to as another telling of The Sound and the Fury and includes a selection of Faulkner s letters, excerpts from two Faulkner interviews, a memoir by Faulkner s friend Ben Wasson, and both versions of Faulkner s 1933 introduction to his novel Cultural and Historical Contexts presents four different perspectives, two of them new to the second edition, on the place of the American South in history Taken together, these works by C Vann Woodward, Richard H King, Carolyn Porter, and Robert Penn Warren provide the reader with valuable contexts for understanding the novel Criticism includes seventeen essays on The Sound and the Fury that collectively trace changes in the way we have viewed this novel over the last four decades The critics are Jean Paul Sartre, Irving Howe, Ralph Ellison, Olga W Vickery, Cleanth Brooks, Michael Millgate, John T Irwin, Myra Jehlen, Donald M Kartiganer, David Minter, Warwick Wadlington, John T Matthews, Thadious M Davis, Wesley Morris and Barbara Alverson Morris, Minrose C Gwin, Andr Bleikasten, and Philip M Weinstein A revised Selected Bibliography also is included. 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I m done My third and final attempt has failed miserably.No, not miserably Gladly actually So it s official I m now as thick as two short planks, an intellectual misfit, I Wouldn t know literary greatness if it shot me in the buttocks from close range Well, that s likely what Faulkner would be thinking anyway Fine But then I d most certainly whip his ass at a game of chess, and drink him under the table as long as it s my special cocktails as a way to get even.The only reason I returned to this novel, was I thought that Light in August was really good and was hoping for.Nope.I didn t get it, and couldn t be bothered to even try I got so frustrated I started Chain smoking This coming from someone who is dearly trying so hard to quit Thanks Bill.The only thing Faulkner did do for me was make me realise just how much I adore the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, now even They were true geniuses.What s the likelihood of me reading Faulkner again Only time will tell I guess But at the moment, there is chance of Theresa May and Jean Claude Juncker having an affair. A review paying homage to BENJY COMPSON S uniquely disorienting narration BENJYnarrator lacks sense of timemerger of past and present mergeall the samedisorientation1928Easter MississippiCompsonsaristocrat familyhard times Benjy mentally handicapped33rd birthdayLusterguardian quarter lost minstrel showgolf course golf balls memory cues flashbacks clothes nail sister Caddy CAAAAAADDDYY 1902 flashback argument pause reading, WTF is going on here affair neighbor Christmas Party Mrs Compson moan annoy stop reading, pour stiff drink, drink, repeat 1928 carriage house cue 1912 graveyard Quentin Dilsey Jason Uncle Maury Benjy crying 1928 barn stop reading, bang head against wall and re read whole book up to this point 1902 secret lovers notes pockets interception scared Benjy 1928 stream Benjy flashback 1898 funeral Damuddy Versh wet dress whipping 1928 milking cow stop reading go to Wikipedia and read about book EUREKA now I get it 1910 wedding TP sassprilluh drunk fight Benjy chaos crying1898 hill playing dinner jason snitch Dilsey Mrs Compson crying Damuddy 1928 financial problems 1910 singing Roskus unlucky Compsons 1912 TP little Miss Quentin daughter illegitimate Luster dirt Benjy toy crying disgrace1928 golf ball 1898 death Versh lightning bugs Frony funeral Nancy horse buzzards 1912 Mr Compson memory death1898 Damuddy Benjy buzzards bones tree parlor window soiled clothing Benjy crying 1910 drunken memory 1905 perfume CAAAAAADDDYY mocking prissy dress Jason upset Caddy smells like trees 1898 spying Caddy scolding 1928 stream swing Miss Quentin red tie flashback Charlie Caddy suitor kissing Benjy crying soap 1928 swing red tie and Miss Quentin upset used condom SLUT red tie Luster schoolgirls 1910 girls Benjy screams attack no harm meant Mr Compson castration 1928 golfball sell caddie caddie CAAAAAADDDYY flower taunting insane asylum Dilsey Luster teasing flashback fire name change Maury to Benjy birthday cake Mrs Compson uncaring self indulgent wailing self pity ill annoying Bitch library 1900 Caddy library comfort cushion Jason asshole paper dolls malicious 1928 quarter borrow minstrel show disdain Jason Miss Quentin red tie supper 1909 virginity Benjy crying shame upset crying 1928 dinner Miss Quentin Jason scold argument Benjy in past empty room Miss Quentin window 1898 soiled underwear Benjy muddy1928 Benjy sleep QUENTIN narrator Harvard watch ticking time theme gift father St Francis death Little Sister memory oh shit, not the flashbacks again Caddy wedding announcement Shreve class bell Spoade senior big asshole virginity Caddy confession incest Wait, wait, WAAAAAIT, what was that about incest lie whew, okay go on Dalton Ames father nihilist life is meaningless cheery guy ain t he breaks glass finger cutblood tick tock tick tock bath two notes father post office note to Shreve Deacon nowhere clock shop time don t fix tailor weights train time wrong Benjy Maury bridge thoughts drowning Gerald Bland student river painful memories Caddy slut Herbert bank job Jason Deacon Shreve Quentin trolleymemory fight with Herbert jealous devastated sad miserable CAAAAAADDDYY Mr Compson uncaring virginity is meaningless concept Quentin sad bridge Herbert cheater blackguard Quentin Italian girl bakery Julio accusation constable fines released Gerald Bland bragging Quentin memory Caddy Dalton Ames suicide pact incest lie run away confrontation fight depressed memory father uncaring Quentin jealous, lonely, sad, rage JASON narrator Once a Bitch, Always a Bitch 1928 asshole thief patriarch fighting mother raising Miss Quentin Caddy divorced affair child lost job Jason bitter farm supplies anger stealing money mean spirited devious cotton market and prostitutes Miss Quentin rebellious stubborn work receives 4 letters father s funeral scheme bully 10 Mrs Compson miserable bitch Jason embarrassed Benjy red tie Earl accusation stock loss Jason furious car chase flat tires home Luster tickets minstrel show Jason What an asshole this guy is NARRATOR AUTHOR Easter Sunday 1928 Benjy eating Jason angry window broken Miss Quentin nowhere Dilsey comforts Mrs Compson bitches strongbox forced crime police Reverend Shegog sermon Jason sheriff suspicious Jason searches Miss Quentin Jason mistress Lorraine Jason rude old man don t play hatchet Benjy carriage new route scared scream change frightens Jason beating familar Benjy quiet THE END BENJY Awesome QUENTIN Weak JASON Major Assholio CADDY Tragic Hero MISS QUENTIN Rebellious Low Self Esteem MRS COMPSON Somebody please shoot the BITCH MR COMPSON Life sucks and then you dieSO DIE ALREADY WILLIAM FAULKNER Maaaaaaaad genius Whew This is a devastating book Probably one of the most depressing stories I ve read Incest, castration, suicide, racism, misogyny this one has it all Even at the beginning, when it is possible to make out only pieces of the events, a nauseating sense of dread permeates Benji s narrative per Faulkner s pungent writing style And this feeling never really dissipates Jumping into The Sound and the Fury with no prior introduction is like driving through an impenetrable fog or into a blinding glare you can t quite tell who is who male or female black or white first, second, or third generation relative or friend or stranger But gradually, before frustration has a chance to set in, the fog begins to burn off and the glare becomes less direct By the time the omniscient narrator closes things out in part four, the scales have been fully removed and you are left with a crystal limpidness in which you can smell the sweet southern honeysuckle and feel the rotting wood of the old barn.It s interesting to confront another modernist s take on the human experience of time while concurrently reading In Search of Lost Time While Proust gently but thoroughly leads us through the inner workings of our past, present, and future, Faulkner attempts to capture the continual and forceful vying of these elements within the mind at the intentional cost of a coherent linear narrative The results are disorienting, yet powerfully emotive Adding subtly to this effect, Faulkner often relays visual experience egocentrically, particularly in the case of Benji, for whom objects and views vanish before his eyes when he has simply shifted or been turned by Luster or Caddy Because the first section takes place on the day between the third and fourth sections, I skimmed through some of it again before reading the final part I was surprised by what I could glean from snippets that had initially seemed inscrutable and incomplete This is a book made for rereading an American masterpiece, undoubtedly. The first time I attempted this book, I made my way through a mere three pages before deciding it would be a waste To date, it is the only book that I had the good sense to leave until later, as my usual response is to barrel through the pages come hell or high water Perhaps it was a good thing that I had just finished slogging my way through a monstrous tome that left my brain incapable of facing down the beginning of Benjy s prose I don t remember the title of whatever book left me in that state, but I do remember staring at the beginning pages of this one, my mind wandering in frozen disbelief over the contorted fragments that supposedly made up a story So I left it until later, four years later if I remember correctly, and I m glad that I did.The writing in this book is notoriously difficult Insert reference to quote from Macbeth, something something signifying nothing and all that jazz You ve heard it before, and I won t waste anyone s time reiterating it However, now that I ve finally reached the end, I can t say that I would change any part of it Had the entire book been written in the style of the last section, largely cohesive with rare flares of descriptive prose and sudden jumps in point of view and timeline, it would not have been nearly as powerful The story IS sound, the story IS fury, and you can t convey that without dipping the prose in that septic pool of chaotic madness If I hadn t battled my way through Benjy, if I hadn t pulled myself inch by inch through Quentin, I wouldn t have understood the horror of Jason, or the final tragedy of the conclusion To be frank, I wouldn t have cared.But I did care I did care because the haphazard mess of the beginning readied my mind for a reading that, instead of demanding a tenacious follower, asked for a bucket to fill with errant drops A drop of plot line here, a drop of context there, many drops that filled in the blanks of the neurotic frenzy that is the Compson family Nature versus nurture Nature planted a singular seed of madness in the blood, and nurture drove each along different paths You ll be gathering bits and pieces of this tangential story, wondering what it s all for, and then a single phrase will narrow the story to a focal point of singular rage and despair When that happens, you ll understand what all that seemingly headless running about was for All the disconnected hints and teases will culminate in an awful truth, and it isn t a feeling that any sort of linear timeline can convey.For, if you read an edition that contains the foreword appendix written by the author, you ll be given that linear timeline right at the beginning You ll know the hard, cold facts of this family long before the story begins You ll know their furthest ancestor, and you ll know their ignominious end, and you ll even get the major, notable events in between You won t care about Benjy s plight, or Quentin s, or Jason s, or the whole family s, this Southern strain of blood that ends in a lost oblivion of death, bitterness, and idiocy All you ll have is context, that collection of straightforward no nonsense tidbits that make perfect sense and ultimately mean nothing You can t expect them to, long before you have delved into the lives of these characters, the agonizing push and pull each one of them suffers in their respective place You can t expect them to if you still wish to put this story in its place with each character neatly categorized and every loose end resolved in a satisfying conclusion This story is one concerned with the long slow death of lineage, the inexorable tugging and tearing of ideologies and timelines on a collection of souls that have been slung together in a collusion of familial blood and social connections No one escapes the hell on earth that was apportioned to them, embodied in poisonous words that are fueled by a poisonous life conditioned by a poisonous world Not even the idiot, who does not know the context and yet feels the agony, much as we the reader feel our way through the chaotic text of this story with an underlying sense of grief and despair, one that cannot be contained in a single quote, paragraph, page, or section Not until it s much too late, and somewhere along the twisted path we lost our hearts to this tragic mess of a family that we knew was doomed from the start Somewhere amongst the sound and the fury that pain touched us, and the most we can do is join Benjy in the bellowing in response to that fearful anger We know it signifies nothing We know it does, much as anything with a beginning and an end will eventually be lost in the mists of time, and the world will roll on in ignorant bliss of its history We know that But it sure as hell doesn t feel that way.