The Sound and the Fury, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


With an introduction by Richard Hughes Ever since the first furore was created on its publication in 1929, The Sound and the Fury has been considered one of the key novels of this century.

Depicting the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives, The Sound and the Fury explores intense, passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centredness.

At its heart this is a novel about lovelessness - 'only an idiot has no grief; only a fool would forget it.

What else is there in this world sharp enough to stick to your guts?'


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A classic, but don't let that put you off. Struggle through the first chapter which will leave you feeling wonderfully queasy and completely lost, and the rest of the book will send you down a smooth, well written road of discovery and interpretation. Well worth the effort in every sense.

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Faulkner isn't an easy read, but the preface to my copy prepared me for the experience - or so I thought. 'The beauty of it is this,' Richard Hughes promises: 'there is no need to disentangle anything'. The first part, told through the eyes of a mentally disabled man (re)named Benjy by his family, is cleverly executed and just about makes sense, or at least, tempts the reader into reading on to make sense of Benjy's drivellings. The complicated family dynamics of the Compsons from the perpective of an idiot is put across simply but also artfully - rooms cease to exist, for instance, in the dark, and 'come back' when someone turns on a light. Clues are given but not explained, because Benjy doesn't understand what he sees and hears. The second part, told as a stream of consciousness narrative by Quentin Compson (one of them, at least), almost defeated me. It's not a difficult chapter, despite the necessary lack of punctuation and direction, but it does require intense concentration. This part slowed me down to the point of almost giving up.However, in the closing chapters, returning to the events of 1928 as glimpsed in Benjy's narrative, the pace really picks up again. I'm still not sure of the 'Wuthering Heights'-esque generations of Compsons - there are two Quentins ten years apart - but everyone has their own distinct personalities and after twenty years inside 300 pages, the reader finally learns all of their gothic secrets.A tiring but provocative experience, and I may have to follow Hughes' advice and read it all again, from an insider's vantage point - but another time!

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