The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

By William Faulkner

  • Release Date: 1991-01-30
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 164 Ratings


NOBEL PRIZE WINNER One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century is the story of a family of Southern aristocrats on the brink of personal and financial ruin.

The Sound and the Fury
is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire.... I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” —from The Sound and the Fury


  • Devolves into babble

    By TheOneWhoStumbledSon
    Anyone who says they can understand this book w/o some background knowledge (or sparknotes) is lying. You may get through the first couple chapters, but the midpoint of the book devolves into complete babble. Really. It's like reading a schizophrenic's diary who also happens to have multiple personalities and no concept of time. That's the best summary of "the Sound and the Fury" that you'll find. Read "Light in August" or "As I Lay Dying" instead.
  • Fabulous!

    By landers1131
    I love this book! For those who are thinking about reading it, I suggest you read it only when you have the time to read everyday, and the patience to read closely and to pay attention. It's no walk in the park but it is a fantastic literary work!