This book is a testament to Faulkner's immense shrewdness as a writer. And it expects an equal degree of application of patience and alertness from the reader to finish it.
The inventive literary style of disjointed time periods, stream of consciousness amd disregard to grammar & punctuation make the first two sections of the book extremely opaque. Mercifully, Faulkner uses italics to signify shifts in time periods as the first section is described from the viewpoint of a mentally disabled man.
The smog clears away by the third section and the final section is completely linear, thus bringing relief to the reader who finally gets to understand the gradual, tragic disintegration of a once proud Southern U.S. aristocratic family.
I'd highly recommend this book for its memorable characters and a unique literary experiment by Faulkner.
This review is for the Vintage edition. Faulkner is as usual using stream of consciousness technique. He is very unique with his language. The narrative is very difficult to read, you must know the narrative sequences. I am not telling you the sequence, you will find out when you read. Honestly the beauty of Faulkner is in his style. Most importantly Faulkner is not for idiots, or show offs, who just buy it to impress others. Hey! It's allright, it is after all one of the most difficult books in the world. And please don't compare Faulkner with Joyce. I have not found anybody yet who had read Him and understood him but did not love him. Lastly, the title is very interesting, it is from Shakespeare's Macbeth. The book is worth it, Five stars for the book, not for the price though, five stars for the book content I repeat. A fact for you, Faulkner loved Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
A very difficult book to read and understand. Have to read and read it over and over to get over the nonsensical and understand if the reader is in tune with the writer.Won't pretend that I have understood the book,in between lines and some pages is what I have understood.
THIS WAS SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK!!! It dealt with such a variety of themes which we rarely get to read in one book. However, you wouldn't ,WOULD NOT, understand what's happening in the book if you don't read the introduction given by the critic( which I generally avoid but it was simply unavoidable in this book). No matter how good a reader you are, you simply won't be able to entangle characters and events in the first sixty pages of the book. STOP WITH THAT WICKED GRIN, I bet you, try getting into the book without reading any summary or even the introduction, basically without having zero idea about it. It is when you reach the second half of the book the fog starts clearing out and you get to relate on thing with another but to understand most of the characters re-reading of this book is absolutely necessary. I am so happy that I didn't give up on this book and I continued. Many readers stop reading this book right in-between but I promised myself not even though I wanted to jump on to other books so badly. I will surely re-read this book in future. Warning- Do not try to read this book to get out of a reading slump. It won't help.