Sunday, March 13, 2011

Light in August by William Faulkner

More accessible in style and character than As I lay Dying this is a great second or maybe first book for neophyte Faulkner readers. A twisted Gospel of Matthew (with Herod merged with Joseph in Doc Hines, Freudians rejoice) with elements of Greek tragedy in Faulkner’s vibrant, yet Gothic and decayed South. The characters are loveable for all their intensity and memorable (especially Joe Christmas). Faulkner’s narrative authority is on full display in this one.

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