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5.0 von 5 Sternen Literary Masterpiece
A rather simple plot of a southern family that has lost status is turned into a commentary on human nature and the individual both as part of society as well as an antagonist. I cannot pinpoint the one aspect of The Sound and the Fury that made it my favorite book. Human flaws and virtues are realistically depicted making the characters interesting and easy to relate...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ambivalent about S&F
I suppose I should be falling all over myself right now to ascribe genius, vision, originality, insightfulness, and other demi-god-like qualities to Faulkner because of his book. But I can't. I keep having this nagging suspicion that Faulkner made Benjy's section (and to a lesser extent Quentin's) deliberately distorted, confusing, bizarre and contradictory just to...
Am 4. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Literary Masterpiece,
A rather simple plot of a southern family that has lost status is turned into a commentary on human nature and the individual both as part of society as well as an antagonist. I cannot pinpoint the one aspect of The Sound and the Fury that made it my favorite book. Human flaws and virtues are realistically depicted making the characters interesting and easy to relate to. Rather than glorifying unusual occurrences, everyday events are presented with their deserved importance. The diction, which at more than one occasion is difficult to follow, ranges from simple to in occasions beautifully poetic.
The first section is told from the point of view of a 33-year-old mentally handicapped man. This character used only description of sensory perception as a tool of understanding. And it is often described as a "man-child", a 3-year old brain in a 33 year old body .
The second section is written from the point of view of a brilliant 18-year-old college student named Quentin Compson. He loses himself in elaborate prose and imaginary conversations; his main concerns are those he cannot control: the passage of time, the changing and growing up of those around him and a contradictory society. Quentin holds on to his idealistic views but soon loses all hope as he replays in his mind his father's cynical arguments and faces a society where he feels he is misunderstood.
The third section is told from the point of view of Jason, the eldest brother. He's most likely regarded as an "unlovable character" characterized by his pessimism and cynicism. He is very practical, greedy and selfish. However, the reader cannot but feel pity for this man. While he's brother was sent to Harvard, he was made to stay in his hometown and become a simple businessman. Jason is also terribly unhappy. Unlike Quentin, this unhappiness is not due to existential causes, but plane prejudice and lack of financial prosperity.
The last section differs from the first three. Rather than being in "stream-of-consciousness" form, it's point of view is omniscient. The section is named after the woman-servant named Dilsey. Unlike Quentin who feared the passage of time and Benjy who was stuck in the past, Dilsey adjusts to time and accommodates her life according to the passage of time.
I have been most impacted by books whose characters are not stereotyped or idealized, but contain human virtues as well as flaws. After finishing each section of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, I felt sorrow in abandoning the minds characters I had grown to care for, or grown to dislike.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Meisterwerk aus dem Süden der USA,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Sound And The Fury (Vintage Classics) (Taschenbuch)
William Faulkner hat mit diesem vielstimmigen Roman etwas ganz Eigenes geschaffen und neue Maßstäbe gesetzt. Zwischen Vergessen und Erinnern leben seine Gestalten in ihrer eigenen Wirklichkeit. Faulkner erschafft diese Welt, ohne zu werten. Im Niedergang der Familie Compson, um den es vordergründig geht, bewahren die handelnden Personen ihre Eigenständigkeit. Sie scheinen in einer archaischen Zeit zu leben, nicht nur der "Idiot der Familie", Benjy, durch dessen Augen wir in die Geschichte eingeführt werden. Ein sprachlich und inhaltlich genialer Wurf, in dem die ersten und die letzten Dinge ineinander übergehen. Das Buch gehört zu den wichtigsten Büchern des 20. Jahrhunderts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A difficult but rewarding read.,
This was the first Faulkner novle I read. The first time I read it, I wanted to chuck the book through my bedroom window. But after taking my time, reading about Faulkner, and mapping out the Benjy section with the help of Cliff's Notes, I began to enjoy this book very much. It's basically centered around one event: the daughter's lost of her virginity and the subsequent effects on her family afterwards. The book is broken into four section, each named after one of her three brothers (Benjy, Quentin, and Jason) and the family housekeeper (Disley). Each narrator gives their views of the situation, (Disley's section is narrated by Faulkner himself.)Each chapter is written in quite a different style; the most difficult, most would agree, being the first chapter, the Benjy section. Benjy is mentally retarded and has no sense of time; he works purely on physical sensation. The timeframe during his narrative is all over the place. To clear things up, Cliff's Notes map out most of the time changes in his section. (No one but Faulkner himself knows all of them, and he's dead.) Once you come to know where the scene changes, the story starts to unfold. The second section, Quentin's, is written in stream-of-consciousness. Quentin's section is written with sohpisticated vocabulary and sentence structure because he is a student at Harvard. Jason's section is probably the quickest read; he's incredibly ignorant and cruel. The Disley section is probably the most satisfying overall, but each section needs the help of the others to reach the story's full effect. This is well worth the read if you have the time.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The most amazing first chapter in all literature,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Sound and the Fury: The Corrected Text with Faulkner's Appendix (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. The idiot narrating the first chapter is Benjy Compson, down syndrome adult, and the sound is his bellowing every time he is reminded of his beloved big sister Caddy, who no longer lives with him. Some of the fury comes from Quentin Compson, Caddy's oldest younger brother, who can't bear the thought of Caddy's boyfriends taking her to bed. There is more fury from youngest brother Jason Compson, an intolerable little brat who grows into a thoroughly evil adult. And there is Caddy's daughter Quentin (named after her uncle) who suffers the bullying of uncle Jason until she's had enough of it. She lives with uncle Jason and with her worthless, infuriatingly stupid grandmother.
The book is divided into four parts, each part told by a different person. Part One is told by Benjy, Part Two by brother Quentin, Part Three by devilish Jason, and Part Four by the black servant Dilsey, who has more sense than all the others combined.
Benjy's chapter may be the most amazing ever written. Faulkner gives it the oddest stream of consciousness structure. Benjy's mind constantly shifts from the present to the past. Faulkner wanted to minimize the confusion by color coding the paragraphs to let the reader know when Benjy was shifting from one time period to another, but the publisher didn't go along with color coding. All you have are a few italics as hints that something is changing. It's not enough. When you pick up this book you will need to pick up the Cliff Notes at the same time. Cliff Notes give an excellent and clear explanation of what in the hell is going on in the otherwise impossible to understand first section. Without the Cliff Notes, the sound and fury will refer to you smashing the book against a wall and screaming at Faulkner - Why are you putting me through this, you idiot! Why don't you just write in plain English! But with the Cliff Notes the chapter becomes really fascinating.
I'll give you a clue. Benjy is standing by a fence looking into an adjoining yard where people are playing golf. Benjy is supervised by one of Dilsey's children. If one of the golfers calls to his caddie, and the young black child then says Hush Benjy! that means that Benjy has just had his heart broken for the millionth time hearing his sister's name but not seeing her, and he is screaming his fool head off.
The first two parts of this book are like love letters to sister Caddy, who was expelled from the house for promiscuity. In this disfunctional family, promiscuity seems pretty understandable as an escape. The mother is a useless waste of protoplasm.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If I like this book, anyone will love it!,
First of all, I'm one of those kids who mentally cusses out the teacher every time a novel is assigned, reads two pages of it, then scrapes through each chapter quiz by flicking through my trusty Cliff's notes five minutes before class. But this time, something was different. I found myself actually staying awake whilst reading, and even (gasp!) ENJOYING the book! I was being lured through each section, entranced by the vivid depiction of the tragic downward spiral of the once-noble Compson family. Reading Faulkner's harrowing, in-depth studies into the minds of three very different yet equally fascinating siblings is like piecing a puzzle together. The so-called idiot (Benjy), the virginity-obsessed suicidal (Quentin), the spiteful demon (Jason) and their kindhearted servant (Dilsey) all focus on the beautiful, rebellious Caddie. In doing so, they reveal fascinating ideas about the human mind and society. Trust me, this book is truly thought provoking. My English grade of an 'A' now stands out like a sore thumb on my report card, just as this masterpiece does in a world full of books that will always be second best.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Magnificient Masterpiece,
A rather simple plot of a southern family that has lost status is turned into a commentary on human nature and the individual both as part of society as well as an antagonist. Rather than glorifying unusual occurrences, everyday events are presented with their deserved importance. The diction which at more than one occasion is difficult to follow, ranges from simple to in occasions beautifully poetic.
I have been most impacted by books whose characters are not stereotyped or idealized, but contain human virtues as well as flaws. After finishing each section of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, I felt sorrow in abandoning the minds characters I had grown to care for, or grown to dislike. The words jumped out of the pages and embodied a friend, relative, acquaintance or enemy.
Told from the point of view of a 33-year-old mentally handicapped man, at first I dreaded the "Benjy" section. As I became accustomed to the "stream-of consciousness" point of view, the world and every day experience where revealed to me from an entirely different perspective. This perspective used only description of sensory perception as a tool of understanding. I had, for the first time, the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone whose actions I could have never comprehended.
The second section is written from the point of view of a brilliant 18-year-old college student named Quentin Compson. He loses himself in elaborate prose and imaginary conversations; his main concerns are those he cannot control: the passage of time, the changing and growing up of those around him and a contradictory society. Quentin holds on to his idealistic views but soon loses all hope as he replays in his mind his father's cynical arguments and faces a society where he feels he is misunderstood. While in the previous section his brother Benjy was unable to comprehend change, Quentin's flaw is his devotion to the past and unwillingness to change.
The third section is told from the point of view of Jason, the eldest brother who is left to care for Caddy's daughter. He is by all definiton san "unlovable character" who seems to have inherited his father's nihilistic and cynical nature, but with less intellectual pomposity and more practicality. However, a reader might be torn between hating this character and feeling pity for the life he is given. His parents sent Quentin to Harvard, while Jason must stay a simple businessman in his home town.
The fourth section is told from the servant's (Dilsey) point of view. This section is written differently than the others, marked by it's lack of stream-of-consciousness by adapting a more omnicient point of view. Dilsey is not stuck in the past like Benjy, or fears the future like Quentin...but she adjusts to living in the present and seems to be in complete control of her life.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Groundbreaking American Novel of the Century,
What could I possibly say besides this might very well be my all-time favorite book? This story of the fall of the Compson family, an aristocratic Southern family, mirrors the fall of the Old South after the Civil War. Faulkner is one of my favorite authors, and the way he changes the narrative viewpoint in this book is amazing. The first section of this book is told through the eyes of Benjy Compson, a thirty-three year old mentally retarded man. Only Faulkner could tell a story from this viewpoint. This section is incredibly difficult to read because it has no chronology: Benjy has no concept of time so he jumps from event to event as the story progresses. Often, he will make a jump of thirty years with little or no warning to the reader. The reader should not be discouraged from reading because of this; the reading gets progressively easier through the book, and future sections will also explain what happened in Benjy's section.
The second section is told by Quentin Compson on the day of his suicide. It may very well be the best use of stream of consciousness narration ever. It is filled with long, flowing thoughts, and there are even two sections where Faulkner disregards ALL punctuation to simulate the frantic pace of Quentin's obsessive thoughts.
The third section, told by Jason Compson, the "evil" brother, is my favorite; it is a darkly humorous masterpiece. Read it yourself to see what I mean. The fourth section is told by an omniscient third-person narrator, and this section contains Faulkner's trademark flowing prose.
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is an awesome book, rich in symbolism and imagery, and it contains many well-developed characters and themes. For this and for its groundbreaking experiments in narration, I consider The Sound and the Fury to be my favorite book of all time.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Greatness in a cover,
"The Sound and the Fury" is one of the most satisfying novels I have ever read and by far Faulkner's greatest achievement. William Faulkner has always claimed that the book was a simple story mainly about Caddy. This may strike as somewhat odd since she has no designated chapter for her narration. Without having a chapter of her own to share her own thoughts, the author has used the opinions and thoughts of the other characters, her brothers Benjy, Quentin, and Jason, to reveal her personality and integrity to the reader. With Benjy's section coming first in the book and his objective nature, we see first hand that Caddy is a good person at heart, for she is the only family member who shows compassion toward Benjy in their youths and she is who Benjy cries for later on in their lives. Quentin is solely obsessed with Caddy and her loss of innocence. He dreads the day when the memory of her sins no longer impact his life. For, to Quentin, when the past is meaningless, so is life, and in the end he commits suicide. Through Jason's treatment of Caddy, the reader sees how self-centered and childish Jason really is. He is the only Compson child who recieves love from their mother, but is the only one who does not need it. Caddy's promiscuity is simply a rebellious act against the loveless parents that she had growing up. Dilsey seems to be the only bit of glue holding the family together, but even she can't keep the family in the order it needs. She says she's seen the beginning and she's seen the end, signifying the family's final tragic crumble. This novel is a beautiful portrayal of the Compson family and their tragic fall. It shows what family life needs to survive and what happens when those elements are not present. A MUST READ!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Told by an idiot, signifying everything,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sound and the Fury (Taschenbuch)
It's difficult enough to distinguish a rare cultural fuse of the once-proud South after its stoop in the Civil War; Faulkner's overwhelmingly powerful pen only heightened the tension of a Southern aristocratic family melting away in this ghastly clash of old-time unity and new-time individuality.
Set in the imaginary Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi, this 1929 masterpieces focuses on the fall of the infamous Compson clan. Similar to Joyce, Faulkner stresses the stream of consciousness rather than sheltered outward expressions. As a great technician who was not afraid to experience with his pen, Faulkner divides the book into 4 parts having 3 Compson brothers and the family slaves lead the readers through. "Through what" is the huge challenge as Faulknerian lyrics harshly bash the complex character's shallow projection by allowing the readers to trace the thoughts forming process. Named after the renowned MacBeth line:"It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; Signifying nothing", Benjy the man-child begins the story in a rather confusing tone. Due to his impaired memory, the first part paints a devious path that leads into overlapping time zones where the past, the present, and the future exist as one for the youngest Compson. Like his brothers whose lives are more or less dictated by their sister Caddy's sexuality, Benjy mourns over the loss of Caddy as he drifts into a darker adulthood.
The eldest son Quentin is situated at an extremity where everything evolves around Caddy's promiscuity. "Chosen" as the aristocratic heir, Quentin goes to Harvard where he stays haunted by the mirage of a distorted youth. The only Compson who actually appreciates the Southern pride, Quentin comes to represent the fatality of a fallen giant's anguish and helplessness. Besides the disturbing twist to his relationship with Caddy, Quentin is neurotically concerned with a false sense of honor when Caddy does lose her virginity. His deadly obsession with purity and pride further compel him to grope towards a personal Hell. Jason the 3rd eldest child is the brute that lays in dormant in all of us who bears a strong hatred for Caddy. A natural cynic, Jason fully demonstrates human capacity of Satanism. His character is an ever-flowing current that gallops in no direction and in every direction at the same time. And the very paradox of Jason's identity help explain the decadence of his nature that appears unthinkable in a human being. Jason has no soul, rather, it dissolved in his own current of attempting to find himself in a dysfunctional family where he (!) is left to play the role of the patriarch. Later in the novel, his relationship with Caddy's illegitimate daughter further intensifies the devilish fury in Jason as he tries to suppresses his niece who wishes to sound her own voice-in a house where her mother's name is forbidden. The last part is narrated by Faulkner himself who ties the ends up through the black servants in the household who witness the moral fall of their masters. The beauty of this book is manifested in the final chapter when Caddy's, 2nd eldest child, tragic but in a way heroic tale is reiterated. The brilliance lies in Faulkner's ability to create his most powerful character without painting a complete picture; instead, Caddy, as the beloved mother-sister, the fallen angel, and the hated attention-grabber, comes alive through broken pieces of narration that are weaved into one another. She never has a chance to reveal her thoughts, yet through her decisions, Faulkner invigorates a courageous young woman whose only weapon against the world is rebellion. She is the heart of the story although not one full glimpse of her face is given; it is indeed the invisible and extensive vibes that connect her to every brother that enable her to become the source of the Compson sound and fury.
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the most towering novels of the century,
Von Ein Kunde
"The Sound and the Fury" tells the disintegration of the once proud Compson family. What makes the novel engaging is that it tells the disintegration in a span of one day. Faulkner used the "stream-of-consciousness" and the interior monolgue techniques - relatively new forms of technique in those years. The "stream-of-conciousness" techniques puts in writing the actual thought process of a character. Further complicating the reading is that the novel is told from four different points of view. The first chapter is narrated by the inbecile Benjy, the second by the dead Quentin, the third by the sane Jason, and the fourth chapter is narrated by the author. It is very difficult at first to comprehend what Faulkner is telling the reader. It does not help that he started the novel with Benjy's section. Benjy is severely retarded; he can not understand what is happening; his thoughts move back and forth in time; he is forever confined in the arms of Caddy. Faulkner once said in an interview that he started the novel with Benjy's sections because he wanted a character who can tell what happens/ed and can't tell why it happened. Reading Quentin's section would fill in the questions left unanswered in Benjy's section. Quentin's section is my favorite section. The section is narrated shortly before his suicide on June 10, 1910. He tells of his desire to be Caddy; he even goes as far as telling their father that he was the one who impregnated Caddy not dalton Ames. The section is even more difficult to comprehend than Benjy's. Whereas Benjy's thoughts do not go back to the same past, Quentin's thoughts goes back many times to the same past. He just can't imagine his life without Caddy. Both Benjy's and Quentin's sections are marked with italics whenever there is a time change. Jason's section is easier to understand than the two Previous sections. Jason's section is actually spoken by him; Faulkner used the interior monolgue technique. In this section you would discover even more surprises not revealed in the two previous sections. Jason is practically angry with everybody. He is angry with Caddy; she was the cause why he did not get the job in the back. Jason is also angry with Caddy's daughter Quentin (not to be confused with the other Quentin). Quentin took Jason's money and ran away with a man she knew from the circus. Problem is Jason can not tell the police that Quentin stole the money because part of the money stolen by Quentin actually belongs to her. Jason stole the money sent by Caddy to her daughter. The fourth section is told by the author. For the first time you'll get a picture of what Benjy looks like. The novel is a very interesting read. No author in recent memory has come close to what William Faulkner accomplished in this novel. Every reading of the novel will bring you closer to the complex personalities Faulkner has created. It is not only a novel that you can read but reread.
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The Sound And The Fury (Vintage Classics) von William Faulkner (Taschenbuch - 19. Januar 1995)