Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Huh?

I was at a discount store last month and came across a boxed set of William Faulkner novels that was being read by Oprah's Book Club this summer. As I Lay Dying was being read in June, The Sound and the Fury in July, and Light in August in August.

I've never read Faulkner before. I'd heard of him but never knew anything about him or his novels. So, I bought the boxed set and started reading. Now, I'm a slow reader and I'm usually reading a few different things (newspapers, Golf magazines, theological books for sermon prep., etc.) so it's taking some time to get through these books.

I've read As I Lay Dying. I thought it was a good story. It was interesting reading the story from different characters' perspectives. I often didn't know what he/they was/were talking about. Some had said the topic was a little morbid for light summer reading but that doesn't bother me. Now I'm trying to read The Sound and the Fury. This is a different kind of book! I'm really confused. This is a prize-winning novel and so far I'm not getting it. Maybe I'll have to get Coles notes (the Canadian counterpart to Cliffs' notes) to be able to read this book.

Well, it's a challenge anyway.

Shalom

14 comments:

Andy said...

I love As I Lay Dying. Sometimes when filling out the Beliefnet dialogue group form that calls for a brief statement about yourself I use Vardaman's line, "My mother is a fish." No one has ever asked about it.

I read The Sound and the Fury a long time ago. I remember it being confusing, but I think by the end of it I was able to make some sense of what had happened.

Detail Boi said...

Kewl, I haven't read Faulkner either. I've been trying to find a book all Summer that I could read, but have come up with nothing. Maybe this is something I should consider.

LutheranChik said...

I love Faulkner...the decaying magnolia of the Old South, the hidden drama in small-town life, etc. Good choice in books.

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nonsense said...

I have always wanted to read Faulkner...never happened but I think I should give it a shot soon...