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El Ruido Y La Furia/ The Noise and the Fury…

El Ruido Y La Furia/ The Noise and the Fury (Letras Universales) (original 1929; edition 2005)

by William Faulkner, Maria Eugenia Diaz Sanchez (Editor)

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Title:El Ruido Y La Furia/ The Noise and the Fury (Letras Universales)
Authors:William Faulkner
Other authors:Maria Eugenia Diaz Sanchez (Editor)
Info:Ediciones Catedra S.A. (2005), Edition: 6, Paperback, 359 pages
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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1929)

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This is the novel I've wrestled with the most than any other novel. It took me about a month to read and comprehend what I could. I still feel that there's more to this story than what I read. It's like lightning striking a tree in a forest, halving it while creating both a burst of light and shadow among the surrounding trees. Compress that in a scrapbook, and you have "The Sound and the Fury".

The beginning alone is seemingly erratic, although strung together by a motif. If there's anything that will prevent the enjoyment of this novel, it would be the first chapter as it does follow the mind of a mentally challenged boy. The same could be said for the two subsequent chapters. Each have unique styles of thought; however, Faulkner will say that it's four tellings of the same story.

This novel requires a lot out of the reader--patience, for one. It's a story of three brothers dealing with the absence of their sister--not the loss, but the absence. A very odd form of tragicomedy with its winners stuck in the failure to see and accept anything beyond everything "in its ordered place."

If you lose your patience reading "Slaughterhouse Five", this novel may not be for you.

Five outta Five ( )
  Max-Tyrone | Jan 18, 2015 |
The absolute worst supposedly good book I've ever read. If he wanted to write something that no one could possibly follow and understand, he succeeded admirably. I truly hated this piece of crap. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 24, 2014 |
I actually really enjoyed this book and was able to read through Ben's narration with no problems. The key to that is to not think too hard about what's happening and to just go with the flow. Whenever the time and place suddenly changed, I just settled into the new story. I had a bit of fun with it. ( )
  Kayla-Marie | Sep 27, 2014 |
Faulkner is an acquired taste. He makes you work for it, but once you understand it- it's worth it. This novel is about a broken family: a mentally challenged son, a son who develops Oedipus complex and an extreme asshole of a son. These three boy's lives all revolve around their sister- Caddy. The book is chock full of little epiphanies and I'll admit I didn't pick it up on my own, it was an assignment but I am glad for it. Read it. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
Original post at Book Rhapsody.



I got acquainted with Faulkner when I borrowed this anthology of short stories in our college library. A Rose for Emily, yes, that’s it. It’s quite long for the average short story, but I like it so much that I made a mental note to buy a Faulkner novel.

So this is my first Faulkner novel. And this is an altogether different experience from the Faulkner short story. If the latter is a gripping and captivating reading, the former is quite an exhausting mental exercise.

Here goes anything.

The Rhapsody

This is one of the toughest books that I’ve ever read. I remember I had to reread the first chapter twice, but I still didn’t quite get it. Reading a story that’s going on inside the head of a retarded son is hard because first, the scenes are jumpy, and second, they hardly make any sense.

The first few pages could send readers throwing the book away and giving up on it, but as the introduction in my edition says, finishing the book would feel like fog evaporating and letting the reader see everything as they are. It is this patchy story-telling of the Compson family that makes this a monumental work. Add the then newfangled stream of consciousness technique and you have a classic, yes?

I’ve already mentioned the retard, and to complete the list, there’s also the alcoholic dad, the neurotic mom, the suicidal son, the avaricious other son, and the slutty daughter. And who’s holding this family together?

Dilsey, the black servant. Ironic, isn’t it?

So what does it want to say? What are its themes? Hmm. Family disintegration. The loss of ideals. The battle to preserve these ideals. The question of morality. Pragmatism, perhaps? And a bit of existentialism.

All these are packed in this book, but in number of pages, it is not very long. After reading this though, one would realize that it is not the page numbers that determine the length of a novel. It is the time spent on reading it, and yes, I spent more time than necessary on this one.

I actually want to reread this, but I don’t think the right time for that is coming soon.

Final Notes

I’ve always been interested in the title of this novel. And the truth is, I don’t really get it. I’ve researched it. I know it is something that is taken from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which I haven’t read or any Shakespearean work for that matter, but I still don’t get it.

It is full of sound and fury signifying nothing. But is this novel really that insignificant? I doubt the author would go through all that writing if he did not intend to say something given that he is a Nobel laureate. Well, the Nobel might have come after the publishing of this book, but what the hey, I really can’t say if I got this one.

Seriously, as if I am not serious enough, it must be the notion that this idiot’s tale is not something to take seriously. Hence, his sound and fury? Sound can be noise, which is meaningless, but sound can be music. Now there’s a point. And what about fury? Is it less than angst or anger or anything of that sort? Aren’t they under one section of the emotions department? Maybe violent emotions?

But that last question is arbitrary. Fury can be muted. Oh well. But yes, I like the novel anyway. It’s weird, thinking about. How could I like anything that I don’t fully understand? Maybe that’s the reason I like it, and I’d like it even more if I understand it fully, don’t you think? ( )
  angusmiranda | Jun 10, 2014 |
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Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
Once a bitch, always a bitch, what I say.
Got it at the getting place.
'You're not a gentleman, Spoade said. 'No, I'm Canadian.' Shreve said.
"Dogs are dead." Caddy said. "And when Nancy fell in the ditch and Roskus shot her and the buzzards came and undressed her."
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The ostensible subject of The Sound and the Fury is the dissolution of the Compsons, one of those august old Mississippi families that fell on hard times and wild eccentricity after the Civil War. But in fact what William Faulkner is really after in his legendary novel is the kaleidoscope of consciousness--the overwrought mind caught in the act of thought. His rich, dark, scandal-ridden story of squandered fortune, incest (in thought if not in deed), madness, congenital brain damage, theft, illegitimacy, and stoic endurance is told in the interior voices of three Compson brothers: first Benjy, the "idiot" man-child who blurs together three decades of inchoate sensations as he stalks the fringes of the family's former pasture; next Quentin, torturing himself brilliantly, obsessively over Caddy's lost virginity and his own failure to recover the family's honor as he wanders around the seedy fringes of Boston; and finally Jason, heartless, shrewd, sneaking, nursing a perpetual sense of injury and outrage against his outrageous family.

If Benjy's section is the most daringly experimental, Jason's is the most harrowing. "Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say," he begins, lacing into Caddy's illegitimate daughter, and then proceeds to hurl mud at blacks, Jews, his sacred Compson ancestors, his glamorous, promiscuous sister, his doomed brother Quentin, his ailing mother, and the long-suffering black servant Dilsey who holds the family together by sheer force of character.

Notoriously "difficult," The Sound and the Fury is actually one of Faulkner's more accessible works once you get past the abrupt, unannounced time shifts--and certainly the most powerful emotionally. Everything is here: the complex equilibrium of pre-civil rights race relations; the conflict between Yankee capitalism and Southern agrarian values; a meditation on time, consciousness, and Western philosophy. And all of it is rendered in prose so gorgeous it can take your breath away. Here, for instance, Quentin recalls an autumnal encounter back home with the old black possum hunter Uncle Louis:

And we'd sit in the dry leaves that whispered a little with the slow respiration of our waiting and with the slow breathing of the earth and the windless October, the rank smell of the lantern fouling the brittle air, listening to the dogs and to the echo of Louis' voice dying away. He never raised it, yet on a still night we have heard it from our front porch. When he called the dogs in he sounded just like the horn he carried slung on his shoulder and never used, but clearer, mellower, as though his voice were a part of darkness and silence, coiling out of it, coiling into it again. WhoOoooo. WhoOoooo. WhoOooooooooooooooo.
What Faulkner has created is a modernist epic in which characters assume the stature of gods and the primal family events resonate like myths. It is The Sound and the Fury that secures his place in what Edmund Wilson called "the full-dressed post-Flaubert group of Conrad, Joyce, and Proust." --David Laskin

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Retells the tragic times of the Compson family, including beautiful, rebellious Caddy; manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their Black servant.

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