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Light in August (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Januar 1991

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  • Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reissue (30. Januar 1991)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679732268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679732266
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 2,3 x 20,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 83.104 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“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
 
“Faulkner’s greatness resided primarily in his power to transpose the American scene as it exists in the Southern states, filter it through his sensibilities and finally define it with words.” —Richard Wright

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von James Gallen am 14. Mai 2004
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I once heard an English teacher describe William Faulkner as "Our Shakespeare". He said that the southern culture provides so much for a novelist to work with and Faulkner works it to the limit. I saw much of Shakespeare in "Light In August" as Faulkner transports us into the minds and culture of the depression era South. Lena Horne, traipsing from Alabama to Mississippi in search of the father of her unborn child, Joe Christmas, the self-proclaimed mulatto outcast, Gail Hightower, the minister whose obsession with the past cost him his wife and pulpit and Joanna Burden the heiress of the Carpetbag family who never became a part of the community in which she lived her life all provide us with an insight into this world.
More than Shakespeare, "Light In August" reveals Faulkner, in my opinion, as a Twentieth Century Poe. In Poe's work it is often the sounds that make the work. In "Light In August", I was entranced by the dialogue and the streams of consciousness which revealed the characters and their world to the reader.
I cared little for the story line, but the sights, sounds and the smells of "Light In August" make it a worthwhile read.
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 14. Dezember 1998
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The best reason to read this book is for the story of Gail Hightower. Light in August really mixes three stories into one: the story of Lena, the story of Joe and the story of Hightower. Although almost all criticism focuses on Joe, there is nevertheless a brilliantly crafted character within Hightower, a fallen minister who ends up trying to defend Joe. I also recommend this book to anyone reading Faulkner for the first time, as it is one of his easiest books but also contains a good intro to the themes, issues and characters that dominate Faulkner's writing.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 15. Oktober 1998
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In my opinion, the triple narrative of the novel(Lena, Hightower, Christmas), while it may be important to balanced structure of LiA, is superseded by passionate portrayal of Joe Christmas. The life of Lena, and characters connected with her (Burch, Bunch), represent what is usually taken as a norm of realistic novel. It is skillfully written, and, it seems to me, Faulkner intended it to serve as a bridge to "average" people and to end with the message of hope. Hightower is especially important to Faulkner as an example of wasted life, effectively destroyed by history's grip on minds and hearts of descendants of the Civil War's losers. He is depicted with air of aridity-sexually humiliated and deserted from wife, socially ostracized with innuendos of homosexuality and "nigger loving".Ironically, we may say that grand finale of his life and fulfilment come with his unselfish, but unsuccessful attempt to save Christmas from Grimm, even taking on himself accusation of homosexuality (he claims that Joe was with him in the time of death).In masterfully drawn final agony death liberates him, but in whirlpool of recent (Joe, Grimm) and Civil War (burden of history again) images. A few factors combine to ruin his life (history, Calvinist heritage, hypersensitivity-and also attempts (futile) for social and racial justice). He is a figure of great pathos, especially faulknerian in sentiment of "lost" life and inability to achieve a fulfilled life (all Faulkner's "positive" characters are childless, unable to cope with women, socially inferior). In the preliminary draft Faulkner intended Joe to be killed at the age of 33-the age of Christ.Three, maybe four strands are interwoven in the case of Christmas.First, there is a christian symbolism-his initials J.C.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von T. Lansing am 30. April 2000
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Light in August actually follows 3 loosely connected stories, Lena searching for rhe father of her to be born child, Hightower, the disgraced preacher of God and Joe Christmas, which is the common thread between all of the characters. Like other Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury comes to mind), the reader needs a degree of patience since with continued reading, his qestions will eventually be answered. In this lays the only flaw of the book - a synopsis is given where the reader knows what happens, leading Faulkner to flash back to the details almost immedaitely following. Among the themes one may be able to read into is the representation of man by Joe Christmas. The fact that he MAY have black blood and his death at Christ's age of death may question whether Faulkner saw him as a Christ- like figure and what would happen if Christ had arrived in the South in the early 20th century (after all there is some question whether Christ was actually dark skinned, which would be read as having black blood in 1930 Mississippi).
At times a bit long winded, nevertheless a interesting read.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Levi Darrell am 28. März 2000
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Light in August was the first book I read by Faulkner and, as I found out when I started reading Absalom, Absalom!, it was a good thing that I blindly chose Light in August first. Light in August is a very excellently crafted work, and I liked it because of my bias against those overly-religious, self-righteous individuals who experience the character flaws of all of us, all the while attempting to cover them up. Gail Hightower should be given much attention when you are reading this book. Faulkner's ability to create setting and mood is exceptional, and this is important in the development of theme and the development of Christmas, the story's main character. If you get through this book with no trouble, I suggest you try reading Absalom, Absalom! Most reviewers comment that it is "unreadable," but I have not found that so, for Faulkner writes with such a unique and moving prose style that I am compelled by his stream-of-consciousness and peculiar mechanics. Come on people, I'm a senior in high school, surely you can digest it. Read Light in August!
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