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William Faulkner ✓ 8 Summary Characters Ü eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ William Faulkner Read & download Light in August Lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory; and Joe Christmas a desperate enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. A couple of thoughts I ll tie together 1 I read a BBC article that suggests a large percentage of people keep books on their shelf to impress others rather than to read them 2 As young students teachers take us to the library and allow us to pick out whatever book we like as long as we re not just trying to avoid reading by picking out a pamphlet but by the time we reach high school and college it s assigned Though I believe an educator s recommendation to be valuable I believe taking away a person s choice can rob them of finding the book that will spark excitement and turn them into readers for life I believe far too many people are forced to read classics when uite frankly some of them will never be appealing For me I usually have strong reactions good or bad to the classics but I found my spark long ago For most people though they know that reading is an intelligent practice but they re bored by what they ve been forced to read so books are used for the perception they create rather than the pleasure of their contents While some of it is taste and a blatant unwillingness to participate in any medium straying from the instant gratification culture there are certainly a good number of masturbatory authors who are concerned with coming off as intelligent rather than relatable I believe William Faulkner is one of those writers who lets his writing get in the way of a good story Published in 1932 Light in August is written in the Southern Gothic tradition set in Faulkner s fictional Mississippi county Yoknapatawpha county where the grotesue is often perpetrated by horrorromance archetypes without moral judgment from the author The plot consists of three connected strands 1 A pregnant woman Lena Grove in search of the father of her baby 2 An enigmatic alcohol smuggler Joe Christmas struggling with his mixed ancestry and 3 A disgraced Priest Reverend Gail Hightower who lives in near isolation after annoying the town with his sermons about his dead grandfather Much of the novel deals with the racism of the South pulling in violence and observing Judeo Christian values if they were smashed into a funhouse mirror It takes a little while to find Faulkner s rhythm but it s not a tough search and it s enjoyable until you realize he won t just tell the story The reader gets dragged through lengthy flashbacks even though the compelling plot line just found its adrenaline Then you ll get to the part you ve been waiting for and Faulkner will skip ahead spoiling his own story then slowly backing through the incident without any of the tension There are obscure punctuation choices too and while it s not a major point of contention it illustrates my frustration with his style He uses six ellipses when the standard three will do The second uarter of this book about 150 pages could have easily been trimmed back to a lean 30 and even though I liked the last chapter at least 40 of the pages before that could have been cut out too but that s not Faulkner s style He believes in stream of consciousness where thoughts expand and ideas ramble so that you understand the deepest recesses of a character While this has certain strengths as each character gets presented in differing ways depending on who s viewing them I still find the style obese and much of the information superfluous I lean minimalistic by default though even I like a little meat on the bone so I m not a fan of reading what I think a visceral editor should have cut Nothing seems to be minor in Faulkner s eyes As a result none of the characters feel all that major either They re uniue distinguished but with everything else there s just too much to appreciate it It s like mixing all the beautiful colors After a while you just end up with brown Sometimes you need to make choices and Faulkner doesn t make enough for my liking As a result any other book of his will not come onto my shelf I don t care who thinks I look smart Two stars Barely

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William Faulkner ✓ 8 Summary Characters Ü eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ William Faulkner Read & download Light in August Light in August a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality which features some of Faulkne. Light in August William Faulkner s Portraits of Loneliness and Isolation A Note Regarding This ReviewToday marks the Anniversary of the Death of William Faulkner July 6 1962 In remembrance of him and in gratitude his works making me a man better capable of understanding others I repost this review of my Favorite novel by William Faulkner Light in August My Mother died following a lengthy and grueling illness I had been her caregiver as I had promised her I would I promised that she would remain living in her home until the last moment possible I kept that promise until no commercial suppy of oxygen was capable of providing her the amount of oxygen she reuired to breathe Her last month was spent in an Intensive Care Unit It was an especially difficult time for both of us My Mother was a proud woman refusing to acknowledge the severity of her illness On the morning of her death I was summoned to the hospital She had breathed her last during a few hours break to sleep After being a caregiver for so long I suddenly found myself totally lost I had nothing I had to do any I was haunted and remain haunted by her appearance as I last saw her I expected to enter her room and find her prepared to see her eyes closed covers neatly pulled up her hands clasping one another Rather when I entered the room her bed was still in the upright position Her eyes were open Her mouth hung open She appeared to have died in the act of screaming Choking strangling gasping for one breath of air It is a memory that haunts me to this day I cannot get my mother s appearance in death out of my head That morning I felt completely out of place Lonely isolated in a place I no longer belonged The hospital staff curtly asked where I wanted my Mother s body sent Numbly I named the Crematorium I had chosen I left the hospital went to the Crematorium and made all the necessary arrangements The following day I travelled to Oxford Ms A trip my Mother had made with me freuently I simply had to DO something This is the review that I wrote following a visit to Suare Books Oxford Mississippi I thank you for your indulgence in my re posting this piece For me my experience was an inspirational one The trip forced me to put one foot in front of the other Within the following week I formed the online group On the Southern Literary Trail Since the group began its first read in March 2012 William Faulkner has been the author for whom many of our readers have chosen to read his novels and short stories This is one of themWhile you may think it strange I observe the anniversary of William Faulkner s death each year His favorite whiskey was Jack Daniels Black Label This evening I will raise a Black Jack with a splash of water over ice and thank Mr Faulkner for all he has shared with me now going on than forty yearsIf it were possible I d have it in Faulkner Country Light in August First Edition Smith Haas New York New York 1032 Memory believes before knowing remembers Believes longer than recollects longer than knowing even wonders William Faulkner Light in August Chapter Six Paragraph OnemIt takes guts to write a review of one of the great American novels by one of the great American writers I could call it chutzpah But I m not Jewish Just call it Irish American blarney with a bit of a Cracker twist and a streak of red over my shirt collar After all I m from AlabamaThe truth of the matter is there s been worse hacks than me that tried to take a hatchet to William Faulkner It s hard to believe any man could be that damned good Some men critics for the most part just can t live with how good he is So they say he isn tBut I m in Oxford Mississippi this morning What Oxford hasn t torn down and replaced with high rise apartments and condominiums still leaves traces of William Faulkner that are there for anyone to see if they take the time to look for itLast night I met a lovely young woman and her mother over at Suare Books They were down from Joplin Missouri for the daughter to take the tour of Ole Miss She s already been accepted at the University of Alabama but she thought she should take the Ole Miss tour Where you meet the most interesting people in OxfordWe met in the Faulkner section They were there first Both were lovely The daughter was seventeen Her mother was graced with a timeless beauty that must give her daughter a good deal of satisfaction at what she has to look forward to when she takes a hard look in the mirror in forty years or soOh the mother said We re in the wayNo Ma am You re not I never step between a young woman and William Faulkner It s always nice to seeMom I don t know which one to getSweetheart get all you want Wherever you go to school you ll want themBut if I get them all then I ll want to read them all I ll read them too fast and I won t get what I need to get out of themThe temptation was too greatMiss just how much Faulkner have you readI ve only read The Sound and the Fury I don t know where to go nextI have to admit it I kind of let out a sigh and sat down in one of those big easy chairs conveniently placed by all the works of Faulkner and the many references published by various scholars through the Ole Miss PressHave you ever felt like you didn t belong somewhere Didn t fit inShe had already told me she was seventeen going on eighteen I figured it was a safe bet she remembered being fifteen pretty well Fifteen year olds get not belonging anywhereI saw her mother smileWell sure Hasn t everybodyOh yeah Everybody That copy of Light in August you re holding there It s all about that Nobody in that book belongs where they ought to beSo over the next few minutes I told her about Lena walking all the way to Jefferson from Doane s Mill Alabama looking for the man that made her pregnant I told her about Joe Christmas left on the step of an orphanage on Christmas morning beaten by his foster parent because he couldn t learn his catechism I told her about Joanna Burden being a Yankee from an abolitionist family who was never welcome in Yoknapatawpha County And I told her about Preacher Gail Hightower whose wife left him and then committed suicide and how his own congregation wished he wasn t the man in the pulpitI asked if she knew what light in august meant She shook her head no I told her how livestock dropped their young in August And I asked her if she d ever seen those few days of peculiar light on an August day when the shadows were at their deepest and just before dark before the shadows turned to black how everything flashed gold for just a few seconds so fast if you weren t looking for it you would miss it She hadn t noticed I told her when she lived some years she would see itThere was a tear in her mother s eye I wondered if she still hadn t seen itTell me about the man Tell me about William FaulknerAnd I did I told her about how he wanted to go to war How he lied about being shot down How he wore his Canadian RAF Uniform around Oxford I told her about Estelle how he loved her how he lost her how he got her back and then wished he hadn t William and Estelle Oldham Faulkner who called the uality of the light in August to her husband s attention I told her to read read everything that Faulkner said that I told her how he checked mysteries out out of Mac Reed s Drug Store and people started stealing his check out cards because they figured his autograph would be worth something one dayWe ended up laughing and talking a good while Say If I went to Ole Miss would you be one of my professorsI don t know what it is that makes people think that Maybe it s the old cardigan sweater with the leather buttons Maybe it s the white beard I don t know It happens a lot thoughNo I m not a professor I grew up and became Gavin Stevens I m a lawyerThey both laughed We exchanged pleasantries information I told her mother that if her daughter ended up in Tuscaloosa she could always call me The daughter left with Light in August and Absalom AbsalomThe young man working the coffee bar brought me over a cup of coffee in a Flannery O Connor mug It s on the house You sold that FaulknerNo I sold HER on Faulkner There s a differenceSir you know something You should have been a professorYeah Maybe so But everybody s gotta be somewhere whether they fit in there or not Well it s 830 Store opens at nine They want me in the Faulkner section today if I can stop by I could use another cup of coffee Dedicated to the memory of Miss Maxine Lustig my guide to Yoknapatawpha County and many other wondrous worlds

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Memory believes before knowing remembers Believes longer than recollects longer than knowing even wonders Are there many such novels that delve deep into our souls and that makes us suffer and weep I believe there are many but not many that imprison us in its tidings and with their beauty in such a way that escape is an impossibility Yes we cannot run away any less than its wretched characters could Indeed William Faulkner in Light in August wrote a tragedy set in the fictional Jefferson that compares with the classic tale of Oedipus And so as he sat in the shadows of the ruined garden on that August night three months later and heard the clock in the courthouse two miles away strike ten and then eleven he believed with calm paradox that he was the volitionless servant of the fatality in which he believed that he did not believe He was saying to himself I had to do it already in the past tense I had to do it She said so herself And I cried with Joe Christmas as with the rest of Faulkner s poor damned people Yes damned for that was their destiny since they came into the world Every page that I read I felt amazed by Faulkner s beautiful and sad words I felt like closing my book every other page but he caught me by my love of words and literature and did not let me give up on a life of pure hell The story of his damned hit hard on my poor souls and I felt used by him Used yes but in the good sense by the colors of his spiritual disuiet transmitted to us in no uncertain terms I walked right along with him in the desolation of Yoknapatawpha County And despite my reticence and my torment I submerged without conscious thought always led by my feelings I felt forced by Faulkner s artistry to face a time of real racial prejudices misogyny where the delusion of religion only deepened those terrible and fanatical hates of human over humans Christmas destiny was set as he was born no as he was conceived And with the rumors of his black blood it was assured He thought that it was loneliness which he was trying to escape and not himself He could not escape his ultimate end after being labeled a white nigger or a black with white skin from his orphanage years Or from the first insult Your little nigger bastard Or from the man with cold eyes that took him I ve no matter I ve no doubt the tyke will do He ll find no fancy food and no idleness Undoubtedly he could not fight his fate it seemed too much so he appeared to have embraced it and incorporated his abhorrent mixed ancestry His life encompassed all the sufferings of poor whites and disfavored blacks He was sick after that He did not know until then that there were white women who would take a man with a black skin He stayed sick for two years Sometimes he would remember how he had once tricked or teased white men into calling him a negro in order to fight them to beat them or be beaten now he fought the negro who called him white Had he ever had a chance Could he have escaped his birth as an innocent baby Was he ever innocent I don t know how to answer my own uestions and simply have to keep reading Then he was home again Perhaps he expected to be punished upon his return for what what crime exactly he did not expect to know since he had already learned that though children can accept adults as adults adults can never accept children as anything but adults too But Christmas is not alone in his pain and his anguish Almost as damned is dauntless Lena Grove the pregnant woman that comes all the way from Alabama a walking searching for the father of her unborn child All the time Faulkner s prose catches by the gut and prevents us from abandoning his damned characters But of her we could at least imagine that she had some say in where she ended up for she opened the window herself She had lived there eight years before she opened the window for the first time She had not opened it a dozen times hardly before she discovered that she should not have opened it at all She said to herself That s just my luck But despite all her ignorance she went after what she wanted and persevered despite the hardship she found on her way looking for Lucas Burch Lucas Burch or Joe Brown as he is now known as here in Jefferson Besides the guileless Lena and the no good Brown there is Byron Bunch that was doomed to fall in love with the wrong woman He fell in love contrary to all the tradition of his austere and jealous country raising which demands in the object physical inviolability There is also the disgraced Reverend Gail Hightower that after losing his Church survived by just watching as life passed him by outside his window and his drama lies out there it too might have grown up out of the tragic and inescapable earth along with the low spreading maples and the shrubs And at last the murdered lady Miss Burden the mature lady that involved herself with the unfortunate Christmas I reckon there are folks in this town will call it a judgment on her even now She is a Yankee Her folks come down here in the Reconstruction to stir up the niggers Even worst they say she is still mixed up with niggers All together this most memorable group forms the picture Faulkner is painting us A picture of hate sin suffering fate desperation and injustice And what did drifter Christmas do that could not be pardoned in this very southern village in an era of persecution and no compassion He never acted like either a nigger or a white man That was it That was what made the folks so mad For him to be a murderer and all dressed up and walking the town like he dared them to touch him when he ought to have been skulking and hiding in the woods muddy and dirty and running It was like he never even knew he was a murderer let alone a nigger too Thus Faulkner translates to us the darkness of the human heart to warn about the dangers that expect around the corner if we unchecked unsuspected follow the dark that creeps deep in every man As Faulkner paints to us racism and misogyny often lead to the destruction of men and his home and together they can destroy what humanity should representAll these conjectures aside if you have not read Light in August yet I highly recommend it even as my heart is still settling down At the same time I have to advise you to prepare yourself for struggling with Faulkner s group of characters in their doomed world You will be enthralled by his captivating prose but will not escape without shedding soulful tears

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  • Light in August
  • William Faulkner
  • English
  • 21 October 2020
  • 9780679732266