The Sound and the Fury

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

This is a brilliant book, almost entirely for the way it is structured. Knowing that a story occurs in the way it is perceived, Faulkner divides The Sound and the Fury into four parts, each with a different narrator. The Modernism shows, among others, the interweaving of the two modes of exposure, the one at the first-person, and the one at the third person, of the omniscient author.

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At the base, the story is not different from other novels by William Faulkner, whose action takes place at the same Yoknapatawpha County. After the Civil War, Reconstruction finds the southern aristocratic families in a total decline, with their values ​​and codes shattered, trying more or less to save what remained only a shadow.

The ‘drawbacks’ of the novel are only two: the first would be that the first part is a bit discouraging, being written from the perspective of a mentally sick man. The other would be that of the four narrators, the most credible seems to be the last, and not the three brothers, too good ‘united’ to leave room for any trace of objectivity in their exposure. But these are too less important aspects, which do not decrease in any way the value of The Sound and the Fury, a novel where no matter how much you would dislike the rest, you find something anyway to impress you.