Faulkner’s classic novel from 1929 chronicles the decline of a southern aristocratic family, the Compsons. Rated sixth best novel of the 20th Century by The Modern Library, it was Faulkner’s personal favorite.
The title is taken from the famous soliloquy of Macbeth, where life is said to be “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. The novel is written in a non-linear fashion, employing stream-of-consciousness techniques. There are four sections to the novel, with the first 3 narrated by 3 Compson brothers. The 4th and final section is a third-person narrative. All four sections cover much of the same ground, but in different and sometimes contradictory ways.
Faulkner won the Nobel Prize For Literature in 1949. “The Sound And The Fury” is one of his major achievements.