Most of the times when you see a book, you read its blurb at the back of the cover and then only few remains in your memory. Until you go to a deep sleep or you pick the book and start reading it. That’s what happened with me when I took William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury in my hands.
The title of the novel is taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, act 5 scene 5. It’s a tragedy. This is not a spoiler, I am just making you aware of what you have to deal with once you are deep down a hundred pages. The tragedy is about Compson family in America, featuring Caddy, Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason. Four siblings who are synonyms of rebel, immature, sensitive and obsessive, and brutal. It consists of four chapters, and the first two ones are the most difficult ones I have read.
The first chapter use a narrative technique known as the Stream of Consciousness. You might have seen it in James Joyce’s Ulysses but in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, the mode is at its best. Nobody could have written it better. Or someone might, but that’s just a rational hypothetical converse. The second chapter is the silver lining between intelligence and torment. It stretches the narrative technique to its extreme. There are no punctuation at times to associate with the stream of text so one has to read it very carefully. The non-linearity of both the chapters will highly demand one’s attention. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner”