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Light in August by William Faulkner

 

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Release date: January 30, 1991


“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner

Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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  • Harris J S.

    There was a lively discussion of not only the book, but of Faulkner and of his beliefs. There were those of us who felt lost at the beginning of a chapter but after reading the entire chapter we learned what Faulkner was was leading us into from the beginning. It was not an easy read and even at the end there were many questions not answered and left you thinking. I found it very challenging.

    Also, aside from the book, I would like to know who paid for my beer. I walked out without paying for it and when I went back to Fado the following night the waitress told me that someone had paid for it. Thank you.

    Harris

    August 13, 2013

  • Narms

    For those of you who were curious about any screen adaptations of Faulkner's works, per this meetup, this is the recent As I Lay Dying directed by James Franco: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1807944/ Apparently he is to also direct The Sound and the Fury. Narma

    August 13, 2013

  • Ronnie J.

    This was the only Faulkner book I have read. I did finish it and reread parts of it. I would say that the only likeable character was Byron Bunch. Throughout the book he cared for Lena.

    August 9, 2013

  • Chas j.

    I'm not the biggest fan of Faulkner, so I'm a bad one to ask. One comment that was made that made me think was that Faulkner is a misogynist. That may be so, but he also disliked all his male characters too. There wasn't a likable character in the whole book, he spread his invective around, not just on the women.

    August 9, 2013

  • Renee C

    I enjoyed the book and it stimulated good discussion.

    August 8, 2013

  • Caiti G.

    Won't be able to make it but hopefully the next one

    August 8, 2013

  • Sarina L.

    Sorry, didn't have time to finish the book. Looking forward to the next meet up:)

    August 8, 2013

  • Will B.

    Last minute night duties Wow, 30 people- is that a discussion group or a flash mob? See u next time.

    August 8, 2013

  • Will B.

    In re-reading Light in August,I felt much more intrigued by the use of language, spelling and punctuation (or lack of it). It should be read along with Sound and the Fury, to get a full feeling for the effects of a stream of consciousness writer and how it really affects your own feelings and thoughts when read.

    July 22, 2013

  • Harris J S.

    Love to read and looking forward discussion. Have always enjoyed Faulkner and I think I read this book a number of years ago.

    July 22, 2013

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