Anyone read it?
The cover proclaims it to be “One of the greastest novels of the twentieth century”.
Mmmm. I have to say that from the first page I trudged through it. Faulkner uses stream-of-conciousness style writing throughout this novel. I have read this kind of work before; most noticeably Hubert Selby Jr. and of course Miller. I enjoyed and undertood their work. Except may “Opus pistorum”…mmm, another time.
I didn’t have a problem with the style it was lack of interest which irritated me. The first chapter is a confusing mess of ideas (and I think dates and events). I had no idea who the characters were supposed to be; they were never really intoduced. Then the novel seems to realx into a more conventional prose style in the first person, where a university student describes events and seems to get invovled with some intersting people. The last portion of the book is centred on the family house, Jason and the robbery by his niece.
I just don’t get it.
The sound= the ticking of the pocket watch?
The fury=Jason’s carachter?
I really dislike the way he wrote the dialogue between two negros “I is gowin inta towin”. Very, very irritating to read. I understand that he was trying to portray characters, but it is over the top.
As for Mother, what’s up with her? She is never introduced, we never hear of her illness and she doesn’t go out of the house.
Somebody please explain this supposedly great novel to me. It was a relief to finish it today.