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 ntil later as my Graveyard Shift 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 madep a story So I left it GameMaker Studio Book - RPG Design and Coding until later four years later if I remember correctly and I m glad that I didThe writing in this book is notoriously difficult Insert reference toote 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 The Diary of Jack the Ripper uentin I wouldn t havenderstood the horror of Jason or the final tragedy of the conclusion To be frank I wouldn t have caredBut 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 Brendas Private Swing 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 conveyFor 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 orentin 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 ltimately 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 nderlying sense of grief and despair one that cannot be contained in a story with an Crown Mitre underlying sense of grief and despair one that cannot be contained in aote paragraph page or section Not Amagami Precious diary, 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 toucheds 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 William Faulkner s JAPAN 1/1M3. unforgettable 1929 novel of the rotting family in the rotting house It s a somber tale of the tragically dysfunctional Compson family told with insight and remarkable talent though it s definitely not readily accessible Mostly set in the year 1928 and in the US south in the days of segregation and prejudice the N word makes a freuent appearance The Sound and the Fury has four sections plus an appendix Three of the sections are narrated by the three Compson brothers Benjyentin and JasonI think the Secangkir Kopi Panas di Pilot Cafe usual no spoilers rules doesn t work well with this book it s so difficult to put the pieces together than I think most readers like me need all the help they can get So I m going to lay the plot all out here If you re a hardcore non spoiler person skip the next several paragraphs of this reviewntil you get down to the Macbeth The Trial of Lizzie Borden uoteBenjy the 33 year old brother who was born severely mentally handicapped narrates the first section though in actuality he can t speak He moans and wails and roars Benjy has no sense of time all is present to Benjy So his section very freuently skips from the present to flashbacks of different times in his life givings glimpses of the people in the Compson home and their troubles Often the shift in time is marked by italics but it s still pretty confusing I recommend sing a detailed resource that helps you track what year it is still pretty confusing I recommend sing a detailed resource that helps you track what year it is the narrative like this Cliffnotes page Benjy is castrated by his cold hearted brother Jason when he s a teenager and got loose one day and chased some schoolgirls though he was probably just trying to tell them how much he missed his beloved sister Caddy Candace All of the brothers lose their balls in one way or another in this story Benjy literally and the others metaphorically To make matters confusing Benjy is named Maury after his shiftless flashy Myself Among Others unclentil he s 5 years old There are also two entins Benjy s older brother who commits suicide in 1910 and Caddy s illegitimate daughter born a few months later who lives with the family Benjy s ramblings set the stage for the rest of the novelThe second section narrated by entin the brother shifts back to June 1910 the last day of his life How to Be an Even Better Listener uentin has just completed his first year at Harvard University but is so distraught by his sister Caddy s promiscuity and marriage that he is planning to commit suicide at the end of the day Everything that happens in this section is colored by that intentionentin also has a number of mental flashbacks in his section which are easier to follow than Benjy s but The Robot Lovers uentin s depressed neurotic mind made his narrative difficult to follow andnpleasant for me to read Ancient Magick Conjuration of Power until the last ten pages or so which were weirdly fascinating as you become and aware of hownhealthy Choosing the Right Pond uentin s obsession with his sister and purity and honor isFor the third section we leap forward to April 1928 a day in the life of Jason the most venal andnpleasant of the brothers Jason is now effectively the head of. Alternate version of this bookThe tragedy of the Compson family features some of the most memorable characters in literature beautiful rebellious Caddy;. The family He mistreats his 17 year old niece Real Love uentin who is rebellious and shamelessly promiscuous Jason has been stealing the money thatentin s mother Caddy sends to Jason for The Rhetoric of Reaction uentin gambling it away on cotton futures Jason is all about control and he justifies his thefts because back in 1910 Caddy s husband was going to give him a job in banking which fell through when the husband divorced Caddy because she was pregnant with another man s child Butentin The Ghost Light Kids Get Hooked ultimately proves not as easy to manipulate as Caddy It sgly being inside of Jason s mind So it s a relief to come to the last section told by an omniscient narrator mostly from the point of view of an old family servant Dilsey Dilsey tries to keep the family together and protect the others from Jason s rages and abuse with mixed success The conflict between Miss Grey (Fifty Shades, uentin and Jason comes to a head asentin finally gets some of hers back and Jason ineffectually chases her At the beginning of this section it reads The day dawned bleak and chill A moving wall of grey light out of the northeast which instead of dissolving into moisture seemed to disintegrate into minute and venomous particles It s an apt metaphor for the Compson family s disintegrationThe title of this book comes from a Macbeth Triumph (TriAlpha Chronicles, uoteTo morrow and to morrow and to morrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded timeAnd all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out out brief candleLife s but a walking shadow a poor playerThat struts and frets his hourpon the stageAnd then is heard no it is a taleTold by an idiot full of sound and furySignifying nothingBenjy s literally meaningless sound and fury is the most obvious reference here but in a broader sense it s about the Compson family generally though their distressing tale actually has deep significance to We Love You, Charlie Freeman us as readers Faulkner made me work so hard to put the puzzle pieces together with stream of consciousness and non linear storytelling that when I was able tonderstand the elusive parts of the story it felt like a major achievement for me as well as him The most helpful online source I found while reading this book is this detailed essay It follows the plot of the book and helps clarify what s happening and comments on some of the symbolism I found it incredibly helpfulThis was a rereadbuddy read with Jen Our discussion is in the thread to this review There are some interesting comments but beware of spoilers that may or may not be taggedInitial comments I haven t read this since I was a college English major I vaguely remember writing a senior essay on it and getting an A on my grade so I m sure that partly explains the affection I still have for this novel even though I remember absolutely nothing about the plot except that there are four I think maybe different narrators and one is mentally challengedBut I ve been on a Faulkner roll lately starting with a couple of his short stories A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning and I checked this book out from the library yesterday A tale of two books At times a 1 star book Incoherent ramblings which I know are praised by some as the essence of stream of consciousness Random time jumps apparently they released a special edition with the dialogue from each timeframe color coded so it is easier for the reader to keep track Missing punctuation at times there is back and forth dialogue no punctuation and no indication of who is talking People with the same name and name changes in the middle of the story Etc Etc Etc It is my impression that all of these things have been studied extensively and praised by critics For me it s a nopeAt times a 5 star book Interesting characters troubled imperfect souls suffering life with each other and the changing tide of the South Each chapter told from a different person s point of view capturing their dynamic personalities Race relations Reflections On The Relationship Between on the relationship between and how black people are viewed differently between the North and South in 1920s America Colorful anecdotes while I am not sure I ended The Messy Accident (An ABDL Story) upnderstanding the point of the story as a whole the individual stories throughout were lively sometimes humorous freuently dark and often heart wrenching There is definitely a lot to like about this bookSo I will settle on 3 stars After the first hundred pages or so I was sure it would be a 1 star read but after that I started to get into it and experience those 5 star moments So if you are the type of person that needs to get into a book from the get go you either need to have extra patience with this one or pass on it Many people give it 5 stars so this may truly resonate with you as a classic I start off on the fence with my opinion 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 ite tell who is like driving through an impenetrable fog or into a blinding glare you can t ite tell who is 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 barnIt 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 Kaffir Boy 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 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The American Author William Faulkner It Employs American author William Faulkner It employs number of narrative styles including stream of consciousness Published in 1929 The Sound and the Fury was Faulkner s fourth novel and was not immediately successful The first section of the novel is narrated by Benjamin Benjy Compson a source of shame to the family due to his diminished mental capacity the only characters who show genuine care for him are Caddy his older sister and Dilsey a matronly servant His narrative voice is characterized predominantly by its nonlinearity spanning the period 1898 1928 Benjy s narrative is a series of non chronological events presented in a stream of consciousness The presence of italics in Benjy s section indicates significant shifts in the narrative Originally Faulkner meant to Plants Used by the Indians of Mendocino County, California (1902) use different colored inks to signify chronological breaks Characters The Compsons Dilsey Gibsonenti. The manchild Benjy; haunted neurotic entin; Jason the brutal cynic; and Dilsey their black servant Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and le.
characters The Sound and the FuryOrigin (Robert Langdon, und Wahnis not easy reading The plot is shattered by flashbacks cuts and inner monologues In each part the narrative perspective changes In spite of this experimental and innovative narrative the author succeeds again and again in capturing the reader with the tragic force of history and language and to keep the tension alive Faulkner portrays his protagonists realistically without spoiling their character weaknessesResume A dense langu A review paying homage to BENJY COMPSON Sniuely disorienting narration BENJYnarrator lacks sense of timemerger of past and present mergeall the samedisorientation1928Easter MississippiCompsonsaristocrat familyhard times Benjy mentally handicapped33rd birthdayLusterguardian The Riddle of the Yellow Canary uarter 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 graveyardentin Dilsey Jason Uncle Maury Benjy crying 1928 barn stop reading bang head against wall and re read whole book Inside the Asylum 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 Roskusnlucky Compsons 1912 TP little Miss Plastic uentin 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 Jasonpset Caddy smells like trees 1898 spying Caddy scolding 1928 stream swing Miss Where Poppies Grow uentin red tie flashback Charlie Caddy suitor kissing Benjy crying soap 1928 swing red tie and Missentin Raquel, the Jewess of Toledo upsetsed 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 The Shadow at the Bottom of the World uncaring self indulgent wailing self pity ill annoying Bitch library 1900 Caddy library comfort cushion Jason asshole paper dolls malicious 1928arter borrow minstrel show disdain Jason Miss Design for Six Sigma uentin red tie supper 1909 virginity Benjy crying shamepset crying 1928 dinner Miss Otis Oldfield uentin Jason scold argument Benjy in past empty room Missentin window 1898 soiled nderwear Benjy muddy1928 Benjy sleep UENTIN 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 onDalton 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 entin trolleymemory fight with Herbert jealous devastated sad miserable CAAAAAADDDYY Mr Compson Wciv, Volume 1 uncaring virginity is meaningless conceptentin sad bridge Herbert cheater blackguard Even Monsters Need Haircuts uentin Italian girl bakery Julio accusation constable fines released Gerald Bland braggingentin memory Caddy Dalton Ames suicide pact incest lie run away confrontation fight depressed memory father Unti Love Street Book uncaringentin jealous lonely sad rage JASON narrator Once a Bitch Always a Bitch 1928 asshole thief patriarch fighting mother raising Miss Fit and Sexy For Life: The Hormone-Free Plan for Staying Slim, Strong, and Fabulous in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond uentin Caddy divorced affair child lost job Jason bitter farm supplies anger stealing money mean spirited devious cotton market and prostitutes Missentin rebellious
stubborn work receives 4 letters father s funeral scheme bully 10 Mrs Compson miserable bitch Jason embarrassed Benjy red tiework receives 4 letters father s funeral scheme bully 10 Mrs Compson miserable bitch Jason embarrassed Benjy red tie accusation stock loss Jason furious car chase flat tires
home luster ticketsLuster tickets show Jason What an asshole this guy is NARRATOR AUTHOR Easter Sunday 1928 Benjy eating Jason angry window broken Miss در آخرین روزهای رضاشاه uentin nowhere Dilsey comforts Mrs Compson bitches strongbox forced crime police Reverend Shegog sermon Jason sheriff suspicious Jason searches Missentin Jason mistress Lorraine Jason rude old man don t play hatchet Benjy carriage new route scared scream change frightens Jason beating familar Benjy Sanctum Angels (Shadow Havens uiet THE END BENJY Awesome UENTIN Weak JASON Major Assholio CADDY Tragic Hero MISS UENTIN RebelliousLow Self Esteem MRS COMPSON Somebody please shoot the BITCH MR COMPSON Life sucks and then you dieSO DIE ALREADY WILLIAM FAULKNER Maaaaaaaad genius Reading some books is like clambering through a barbed wire fence at the bottom of a swamp with your oxygen tank about to run out and this is one of those When you re done with it you look round expecting someone to notice and rushp
with the medal and citation you completely deserve for services to literature You finished it Yeahhh Butthe medal and citation you completely deserve for services to literature You finished it Yeahhh But one does and if you try to explain to your family Hey wow I finished The Sound and the Fury man was that difficult wow my brain is like permanently rearranged that Faulkner what a writer they just smile placatingly and open another tin of gunk for the cat This is one of those books that makes a gigantic claim As if it s either genius or it s Emperor s New Clothes It won t settle for anything in between On every page I felt Faulkner was straining at the bit to prove to me he s a genius The title has always put me off reading this The Sound and the Fury It s melodramatic humourless a bit pompous It sounds like one of those American war films of the fifties starring John Wayne But what is it with southern writers that they only seem able to write books if they can believe they re geniuses Look Homeward Angel makes that claim too Except Look Homeward Angel is probably the most overwritten novel in the I m done My third and final attempt has failed miserablyNo 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 Linas kvällsbok (Linas kvällsbok, under the table as long as it s my special cocktails as a way to get evenThe only reason I returned to this novel was I thought that Light in August was really good and was hoping for NopeI 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 toit Thanks BillThe 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 geniusesWhat 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. Gacy the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth centur.