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The Sound and the Fury [Paperback]

William Faulkner , David Minter
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Dec 17 1993 0393964817 978-0393964813 2nd Revised edition
This edition of Faulkner's novel is accompanied by six new critical essays, a revised backgrounds section, notes on cultural and historical contexts and a revised bibliography.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Famous for more than just one reason Aug. 30 2003
In case you are one of the unlucky few that has not read THE SOUND AND THE FURY, let me tell you that you are missing one of literature's most prized works. As an English major, I have come across many "famous" novels that left me wondering what the author had to do (wink, wink) to get his/her novel well known. However, this novel is definitely not one of those.
In short, Faulkner's novel is about the Compson family, composed of a mentally disabled son (Benjy) , a sexual daughter (Caddy) and granddaughter (Quentin), a suicidal son (Quentin-yes, 2 Quentins!), an uncaring and greedy son (Jason) , a drunken father, a nutty mother, and a caring servant (Dilsey) and her family. The book itself is divided into four sections-one written by Benjy, one written by Quentin (the son), one by Jason, and one by Dilsey. Faulkner incorporates a HUGE amount of symbolism in this novel (something I love). However, what makes this novel famous are Faulkner's writing techniques. The first section by Benjy is pretty darn confusing, for Benjy is mentally retarded. Benjy's thoughts cover many time lengths and flash back and forth between times without any notice or any indication. The reader must figure out when something occurs. Often, only one paragraph may take place in time A, then it will switch to time B for a page, time C for a sentence, time B for 3 pages, and so on. Mostly what triggers these time changes are words. For example, Benjy is outside and hears a golfer call to his caddie (this occurs in time A). The word "caddie" triggers a thought about Caddy, his sister, and he thinks about a time in time G when somebody called out "Caddy" and so on. It sounds pretty confusing; that's because it is. Quentin's section is composed of stream-of-consciousness, something Faulkner is famous for using.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Book is better than the Novel Aug. 23 1998
I wanted to read the novel for two reasons: first, it was ranked No.6 in the "100 Best Books" list recently published by Random House; and second because, like Faulkner who was raised in Mississippi in the first quarter of this century, I was raised there in the second quarter, and was anxious to know how Faulkner treated with the condition of the rural South, specifically Mississippi and its people.
I found the book rewarding. The troubles of Faulkner's central characters could have applied to people anywhere , which lends to the novel the universality of a true literary work. And his treatment of the black heroine Dilsey, who remained faithful both to her own beliefs and to her decadent white employers should conjure up real nostalgia for many natives of the Old South.
Faulkner's text of The Sound and the Fury occupies less than half the pages in the book. The remainder includes Backgrounds, Appendices, Cultural and Historical Contexts, and Criticism of both Faulkner and the novel. The novel as it was originally published in 1929, without benefit of these addendum, would no doubt have lost most readers because of the disjointed and incoherent technique Faulkner used in writing the first two of the four sections of the novel.
Faulkner's Appendix, published sixteen years after the original novel, and included in this edition, sheds a great deal of light on an otherwise dark text, and if read first would enable a reader to understand at least something the first time around. Faulkner himself noted that "I should have done this(the Appendix) when I wrote the book", and recommended that it appear first in the 1946 edition. I hope it did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this version. Sept. 21 2001
By Cheda
What a profound book. The thing is though, if you like The Sound And The Fury your probably going to have to read it a second time. Because of the way Faulkner wrote this book (which, by the way, is absolutely brilliant and an immense measure of his talent as a writer) it's very important to go into reading it with a little direction. The first third of the book is very difficult because it's written from the perspective and mind of a retarded man. But, once your through it you'll realize that that is what makes this such a devastating book- perspective. Faulkner was truly a modern master. This book shows the reader how varied the true perspective is of people who seem to be living every moment in step. There is so much pain in this book. It will tear at you and open you up. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great format and aid for a sometimes obscure book April 28 1998
The Sound and the Fury, which I just had to read for school, is a daunting novel to a first time reader. Its stream-of-consciousness style, random chronology, and unusual format makes it difficult to understand the first time around. However, this Norton critical edition is an immense help, as it includes an appendix, notes from the author, essays, and critical reviews on the novel. These greatly help a confused reader to understand the plot and keep reading. The critical reviews and essays are a fascinating read after finishing the book, as they provide new and interesting insights. This book is a tremendous help to unlock an amazing and brilliant book, which might scare people off without the help. Its like an authoritative, intelligent, thorough cliff's notes included at the end of the book. The novel itself is not tampered with, the essays and appendices are additional after the end of the novel. highly highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition
I will not discuss the story because I assume anyone looking for this edition of the book knows something of the novel. Read more
Published on April 20 2003 by Reviewer X
5.0 out of 5 stars complex, difficult-- but life-changing
This book is confusing and difficult to read at first. You have to ride it like you would a "rapid river"-- just hang on, get what you can, and go back a second or third... Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by Kimberly Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but very difficult work...
I read The Sound and the Fury last year for my English research paper. I'm glad I forced myself to read it and not get discouraged by the incredibly difficult first chapter. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by H. E. Oliver III
5.0 out of 5 stars It's my favorite book!...
With apologies for the colloquial language... this (The Sound and the Fury) is the most beautiful book I've read. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars we could hear us...we could hear the dark
this is one of my top five books. i love it. quentin is my soul-mate. although i think this is one of the most difficult books to follow, it is well worth it. Read more
Published on April 11 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Reflections on the Compson Family and Faulkner's South
Step into the dark side of mint juleps and magnolias. The Sound and the Fury is one of the best Faulkner novels. Read more
Published on March 31 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rise and Fall of the Compson Family
The Compson Family is the butterfly from a tragic cocoon. It all develops in time periods, true to Faulkners style, leaving the reader marvelling at the precision of... Read more
Published on March 24 1998
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