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.
“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire. . . . I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” —from The Sound and the Fury
A Masterpeice to Read; A Mess to Listen to
Owing to the time-shifting narratives that are signified by italic typeface in the book, but cannot easily be recognised to the audiobook listener as such, Faulkner’s magic is lost and scattered in a flurry of spoken words. I highly recommend this book be expeienced in printed form, either paper or electronic. The audio book version of this was a mistake in format. I’m glad it exist for those who would otherwise have no way to experience the novel, but sorry I paid for it instead of the book. I will say, reading a summary of the characters and basic plot will help make the audio experience a lot smoother.
Reading Speed Should Be Slower
Harder to follow, absorb, and appreciate Faulkner’s writing than most audiobooks due to reading speed of the reader... should slow down. Only criticism.