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One of Faulkner's Best
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
This is a profound work, regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest. It is not an easy read, being well known for its difficulty. It describes the deterioration of a Southern family, the Compsons, as seen through the eyes of three of the children and a Negro servant. Several of the sections heavily utilyze stream-of-conscienceness techniques. Because of its difficulty, I recommend patience and the use of supplementary materials to aid in interpreting the novel. Several of these I mentioned in my review of As I Lay Dying. In this particuler case, I also used Reading Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: Glossary and Commentary by Stephen Ross and Noel Polk. This proved invaluable to me in interpreting many of the dense or obscure passages and helped greatly to improve my understanding of the book. I found the best approach was to read a section of the novel and then turn to the above Glossary. Overall, I found the writing and content of the novel to be outstanding, as well as deeply moving. Afterwards, I sometimes found myself thinking about the tragic saga of the Compsons and the magnificent way in which Faulkner describes their plight, and the wonderful evocation of human emotions. The Sound and the Fury is a tough piece of literature to tackle, especially for the first time reader. However, despite the hard work involved, I found it to be highly rewarding and well worth the effort. I look forward to a second read of this great work sometime in the future.