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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75,398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Faulkner Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“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

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.

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  • I am in awe of Faulkner’s Benjy, James’s Maisie, Flaubert’s Emma, Melville’s Pip, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—each of us can extend the list. . . . I am interested in what prompts and makes possible this process of entering what one is estranged from. Toni Morrison
  • No man ever put more of his heart and soul into the written word than did William Faulkner. If you want to know all you can about that heart and soul, the fiction where he put it is still right there. Eudora Welty
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caterina | 2/12/2014

    " I really appreciated this edition (The Norton Critical Edition) which contains not only the novel itself but various fascinating introductions, interviews, and letters by Faulkner himself on his inspirations, motivations and experience in writing this novel. "In The Sound and the Fury," he wrote, "I had put perhaps the only thing in literature which would ever move me very much: Caddy climbing the pear tree to look in the window at her grandmother's funeral while Quentin and Jason and Benjy and the negroes looked up at the muddy seat of her drawers." And "So I, who had never had a sister and was fated to lose my daughter in infancy, set out to make myself a beautiful and tragic little girl." Faulkner's portraits of Caddy and her daughter Quentin seemed to me sympathetic, and their tragedy is an indictment of society and social mores of that time and place. This edition also contains critical perspectives (essays) including, notably, an essay by Sartre on time in TSATF, and one by Ralph Ellison on the portrayal of Negroes. I love reading Faulkner, and the intriguing challenge of immersing myself in the poetic tangle of his stream of consciousness styles - multiple styles in the thought-voices of his various characters, his sensitive, poetic, painterly portrayals of their interior lives as they live out in microcosm the downfall and death of The South after the Civil War. In this novel first two (of four) sections were both more difficult and more interesting, focusing on Caddy and her relationships with her brothers, Quentin - who is sensitive intelligent, romantic and violent -and Benjy - who is severely mentally disabled and dotes on Caddy. The emotional power of those sections actually became traumatic, and I had to reread them multiple times. The second two sections were easier and quicker to read but to me less interesting - and a bit frustrating as I wanted to hear more about Caddy and her daughter Quentin (confusingly named after her uncle). Still I know it is a book I will continue to reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clarkson | 2/12/2014

    " A great book which is hard to understand at first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Derek | 2/4/2014

    " This could possibly be the greatest book ever written . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dri-g | 1/20/2014

    " I had to read this in high school for an English class, and I remember vividly throwing the book across the room. I didn't throw the book because the writing was awful; I threw it across the room for exactly the opposite reason. I always remember this book as the first one to ever create a visceral reaction in me to a character. The fact that Faulkner was able to write in a way that made me so angry/upset with a character that I had to physically stop reading and chuck the book across the room (something that hasn't truly happened since) says everything about the book. "

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