The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - First Meeting

Ranked 6th best English-language novel of the 20th century. Good enough for us! From Amazon:
"The Sound and the Fury is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century."

This book was supposed to be in the public domain last year, but Congress changed the law (back when they were still working I guess) because of Disney, so alas, the book is not free, in the US. BUT, if you want to read it free on a Canadian website, where it is in the public domain, feel free to do so here:

http://pdbooks.ca/books/english/authors/faulkner-william/the-sound-and-the-fury/



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  • Jeanna

    tough read. felt more like a lit assignment. thanks to Donna, Jim & Joe (?) for sharing their literary wisdom

    November 12, 2013

  • Michael

    Donna

    November 12, 2013

  • Donna

    Fabulous group--great literary discussion! Interesting perspective from Laura, our new "Southerner" member.

    November 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Though like I said, a lot of it was pretty foreign to me! :)

      November 11, 2013

  • Ron R

    I'll be 20 minutes or so late.

    November 11, 2013

  • Jeanna

    Down to 8 attendees? Chickens :-P

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Joe D

    I'd like to suggest to everyone who is still on board for this discussion to attend even if you don't understand the book or haven't finished it. I've read this book four or five times and still don't have a complete understanding of it. Faulkner's shattered poetry is a tough read...but if we put our heads together it will make for a good discussion...I have my own complaints and misgivings about S&F but I'd like to hear what others have to say esp those first-times who have hung it with it

    2 · November 9, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Did someone call Unwined to make the reservation? Also, we will either be the hosts with the most, or simply, the most hosts. I reread the first chapter after having read the book, and it was surprising how I could make sense out of it all then. Left me with a warm, fuzzy, contented feeling, like I had successfully finished the New York Times crossword puzzle. I actually liked the simplistic and "straightforward" viewpoint of Benjy, uncolored by preconceptions, the unvarnished perception of others. It was satisfying.

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Donna

    I'm happy to co-host with Jim and/or Joe? How about the wine shop formerly known as Wine Styles?

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Jeanna

      Still working on it. Not the easiest vacation reading...

      November 6, 2013

    • Joe D

      Come on, Jeanna, you can do it...put your game-face on

      November 6, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Start time changed to 6:30 based on the location. :-)

    November 6, 2013

  • Michael

    Our leader!!

    November 5, 2013

  • Michael

    Hey where we going to meet we lost her leader?

    November 5, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I'm jumping to the second meeting and looking for a host for this meeting. Any volunteers?

    November 4, 2013

  • Dawn

    I took Donna's suggestion and read the appendix first, so I could keep everybody straight, and it was much easier to then follow the story and the jumping timeline. It is work but, surprisingly, I found it more interesting than I thought I would. I don't know if I'll be leaping to read another Faulkner novel any time soon, though...

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Steve H.

    This is one of the most difficult books I've ever read. I'm moving along, but it is really rough. I've had to make a list of the characters! And I'm still not sure who is who. lol. Is there a movie? lol...

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Michael

      Ugh ! Not even halfway through...

      1 · November 1, 2013

    • Jim C.

      I am down to the last 80 pages or so. Certainly the first portion with Benjy's timelessness is the most difficult section, but think of it as a puzzle. I plan to reread it after I finish the book to see how well I did overall, but every time he smells something, it is a time-jump as I recall. Some of our books have been linear and straightforward and not very good. This is nonlinear and thought-provoking and really a challenge; I think it is worthwhile and timeless. At least it should be a good discussion with our apparently disparate views.

      2 · November 2, 2013

  • Michael

    Try the link for the character description http://m.sparknotes.com/lit/soundfury/characters.html

    November 1, 2013

  • Joe D

    Scott, as you've discovered, Faulkner is not for the faint-hearted. You may want to consider Pearl Buck--she probably won't offend your delicate sensibilities...and please, for god's sake, get rid of those rusty spoons before you do any more damage to yourself...Cheers!

    October 26, 2013

    • Scott

      Joe, as much as I appreciate your magniloquent advice having a faint heart has nothing to do with my aversion to Faulkner's work. May I suggest a couple of authors for you? Meghan Doherty and Xavier Crement. I believe these authors are speaking to you.

      October 27, 2013

  • Scott

    I've read two books by Faulkner including this one. Both books made me want to gouge out my eyes with a rusty spoon.
    Have fun!
    =^D

    October 25, 2013

    • Joe D

      Jeanna, I suggest you take the book on vacation. It's a heartbreaking, compelling portrait of a southern family in decline, a bit like an impressionist painting, but well worth the effort.

      1 · October 26, 2013

    • Joe D

      and oh by the way, nertz to you for going on vacation in Mexico :-(

      1 · October 26, 2013

  • Hilary

    Wow. So much for Faulkner "not going to be very popular", Steve!!

    October 9, 2013

    • Donna

      This Novel is challenging; it tells the same story from four different perspectives. This link should help:

      October 18, 2013

    • Donna

      Here is the link: http://www.mcsr.olemi...­

      3 · October 18, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I underestimated Faulkner's appeal for sure. SO.... There is now a second meeting on the 18th! If your on this wait list, please move yourself over to the new night, which is on the 18th. The location is TBD.

    October 10, 2013

    • Dharma W.

      I moved to the 18th and someone else has already taken my spot for the 11th. Thanks!

      October 10, 2013

    • Brianna N.

      I also moved - the 18th works better for my schedule. Thanks for setting up a second meeting!

      October 10, 2013

  • Steve H.

    If the wait list gets long enough we will do another meeting on the 18th. Counting Dick D. we would have 5 already. Need another 4 or 5 people to get on the wait list though, so add yourself to support another meeting!

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Dharma W.

      I'm confirmed for the 11th, but the 18th works better for me. I would change to the 18th if we offer another meeting.

      October 10, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    Ordered the book for my Kindle, so I will be reading it whether I attend the meeting or not.

    October 9, 2013

  • Shannon

    I've always wanted to read this.

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Michelle

      I think I'm going to need the cliff notes

      October 9, 2013

  • Dick D.

    I was hoping we were doing this one on the 18th - I'll be disembarking in Long Beach on the AM of the 11th and driving back, will have to miss :-(

    October 9, 2013

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