The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner - 2nd Meeting!!!

This is the second meeting by popular demand!  Please change your Wait list RSVP if you move to this 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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  • Kristin F.

    Just came across this list of "50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers". Perhaps no surprise that this made #7: http://flavorwire.com/423424/50-incredibly-tough-books-for-extreme-readers/7/

    1 · November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey you so nice to see you today! What a lovely surprise.

      November 22, 2013

    • Kristin F.

      You too! Such a small world

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For me Faulkner's character development was the best feature of the book. I had never read Faulkner before. I really hated Jason and could connect with the Negro characters, especially Dilsey. It was very difficult to read and I admit I cheated on line to understand who was who and what was what. The key was seeing into the psyche of each character. I intend to read it again and also more works by Faulkner

    November 19, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I found the book very entertaining and loved the plot twists and characters. This is a must read book!

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Kristin F.

    5 stars for the meetup, 3.5 for Faulkner. Beautifully written, super boring and difficult, but fun to talk about with such great company.

    November 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    I agree with Rosemary. Book- fairly awful, Bookclub- pretty delightful

    November 19, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    Book thumbs down; book club thumbs up, up.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good group of folks I will do again.

    November 19, 2013

  • frank

    Double ditto. I was on the wait list and interested in meeting a group of thoughtful readers. But when the spot opened up, I was already booked/committed (choices were jail or institution ;)

    November 18, 2013

  • Meghan

    Ditto to Jo Anne, very sorry to cancel the day of! I didn't enjoy reading Faulkner as much as she did, though.., but would have enjoyed discussing the book -very much so.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Whoops not smoky family emergency. Bad Siri

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel at the last moment. I really enjoyed reading Faulkner for the first time and was looking forward to the discussion this evening. I have had an unplanned smoky emergency.

    November 18, 2013

  • Rosemary T.

    Oh' lordee'....am just getting into this book; what a muddle....Hope I get something of value out of this....

    November 13, 2013

  • Steve H.

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

    November 6, 2013

  • Dick D.

    Steve, I'm sitting at UnWined right now - I notice you haven't picked a location yet - I'm happy to put a reservation in for us if you want to have it here - let me know :-)

    November 1, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Dick, that would be great! Please RSVP for 12.

      November 4, 2013

    • Dick D.

      Done :-)

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Hilary

    I'm knee deep in boat repairs and I'm just not sure I can find time to work thru this book!

    November 4, 2013

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