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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Paw Prints; Reprint edition (April 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439571066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439571064
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,880,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By j on Jan. 12 2013
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Too many typographical errors. The text is already difficult enough to follow with its stream of thought narrative and changing time frames; the typos contradict the "promise" in the preface that it upholds "the highest standards in ebook production."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sallyjo on June 20 2004
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is difficult. Yes, you should read it more than once. But don't let the readers who weren't willing to invest the time in it keep you from reading it. Some have dismissed this novel as inaccessible, but there is much in this novel to reward the serious reader. It's not hype.
Faulkner introduces in this book a groundbreaking, complex narrative style, and this book influenced many later American writers. I was amazed at the genius of the construction. That alone makes the book worth reading. It's a work of art.
But it's not for everyone -- if you don't enjoy mentally challenging books, it's not for you. But if you're like me, and you like books that challenge you, and you like seeing writers experiment with language and structure, this is a satisfying read.
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This novel is a tour de force of insight into character, emotion, and time. Faulkner does a tremendous job of placing us directly in the stream of consciousness, and leaves us with the impression that even language has limits in portraying thought, and that the stream goes much deeper than we could possibly know.

He has unique narrative styles in each chapter, with the first being perhaps one of the most famous in all of literature. Benjy Compson, a 33 year-old, mentally-impaired man, goes about his day on his thirty-third birthday, but reflects on several different points in his past. However, he isn't conscious of this switch - because Benjy is handicapped, he perceives time as one great continuum in the present. When we are shown a time in the past, Benjy believes it is something that happens to him in the present day. I have always been fascinated with the minds of mentally-handicapped individuals, and I think that Faulkner does a great job of suggesting emotion and character, especially when his focalized character cannot do so himself.

The book has three interior monologues that follow: Quentin, Jason, and Dilsey all relate their visions of the Compson family tragedy. This book is many things. I think Faulkner deserves credit for style and insight above all - he has clearly refined Freudian and Joycean psychology into lyrical passages that reflect the twists and turns of the human mind quite well.

That said, 'The Sound and the Fury' is by no means an easy read. Faulkner offers no help to readers. Instead, we treat the characters as though we meet them in everyday experience. This is a difficulty that I can't blame some readers for setting Faulkner down to read something more accessible. But it IS very much WORTH the STRUGGLE.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bobby-Ray on Jan. 13 2005
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I frequently found myself in awe of Faulkner's immense skill as a writer, that he can create something like this. THE SOUND AND THE FURY is divided into four parts, each of which consist of different narrators. The first part is told by, Benjy, a mentally retarded 33 year old. His tale best exemplifies Faulkner's title as his narrative is simply a whole lot of sound and a whole lot of fury. The way Faulkner incorporates Shakespeare's quote from Hamlet into this novel is brilliant. The quote speaks of a "tale told by an idiot", which is exactly how the story begins. But there's really too much to go into-you simply have to read this great novel. I was at times reminded of McCrae with his brilliant bringing together of ideas-they way he did in his BARK OF THE DOGWOOD (a book that owes much to Faulkner.) But SOUND/FURY goes much deeper and will probably remain one of the major classics of the past century.
Also recommended: McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28 2004
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Not only Faulkner's best, but his most accesible work THE SOUND AND THE FURY is a book that can be read by just about anyone. As one of the most eminent authors of the 20th century, Faulkner blends time and thought into one entity with an ability that rivals Joyce and sets him apart throughout American fiction. The outcome is a masterpiece that is ultimately the tale of the fall of the Southern aristocracy. The novel is extremely difficult to grasp but I urge all who attempt the challenge to expect to spend a great deal of time to understand the true meaning of the text. Also recommended for Faulknerian gothic blended with the wit of Sedaris, try THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Densmore on March 26 2005
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By far the most difficult part about reading S&F was convincing myself that I really wanted to tackle the novel. And yet, upon sitting down to read the book I was immediately engrossed by the Compson's story. A self-proclaimed Faulkner fanatic, S&F presents itself as his most exciting novel. Filled with issues we have all (on some level) contemplated within our own convoluted minds, S&F forces us to reevaluate our understanding of love, family, death, and most importantly why we bother to endure through each day. For those of us desperately searching for connections between Faulkner's books and his Nobel prize speech, S&F unfortunately does not offer any overt references as to how we can or should ultimately prevail. Or does it? Maybe the power found within S&F lies in its refusal to indicate a way in which we should all strive to prevail and instead shows how deeply personal the matter must be for each individual. If you want another great, great book, try Jackson McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER with its excellent writing style and great insight into the human heart.
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