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Light in August (1932)

by William Faulkner

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Joe Christmas does not know whether he is black or white. Faulkner makes of Joe's tragedy a powerful indictment of racism; at the same time Joe's life is a study of the divided self and becomes a symbol of 20th century man. Light in August is the story of Lena Grove's search for the father of her unborn child, and features one of Faulkner's most memorable characters: Joe Christmas, a desperate drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.… (more)
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After The Sound and the Fury, I found this much more straight forward but still challenging in places. Joe Christmas is part persecuted Christ figure and a partly demonic one. I thought his genesis from abused child to destructive adult was explained in stark terms by Faulkner. Other characters too, like the grotesque Doc Hines and the tragic Reverend Hightower were also unforgettable. It was a very compelling tale with a detailed psychology of characters aswell as being an entertaining storyline. I hope the work continues to be read as it gives such a strong picture of racial bigotry and religious fanaticism. On the stylistic level I loved the poetic compound words he used- it was so descriptive and evocative. The atmosphere of oppressive evil particularly in the section with Joe Christmas's lover, which is all done with the suggestion of perversity, stamped itself on my memory. I want to try all of Faulkner eventually. ( )
  Kevinred | Feb 16, 2022 |
I read the edition published by Random House in 1950. Most of the writing was beautiful, but the book was frequently difficult to both follow and understand. However, Faulkner made many moral statements, and presented them by the actions of the characters. There was much pain in this book, and unfortunately much of it still exists. ( )
  suesbooks | Jan 8, 2022 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
Situado nos dias atuais do autor, o período entre guerras, o romance centra-se em dois estranhos, uma mulher branca grávida e um homem que esconde sua identidade negra com uma pele branca. Usando uma série de flashbacks, a história revela como essas duas pessoas estão conectadas a outro homem que impactou profundamente suas vidas.

Em um estilo narrativo modernista solto e não estruturado que se baseia na alegoria cristã e na narrativa oral, Faulkner explora temas de raça, sexo, classe e religião no sul da América. Ao focar em personagens que são desajustados, marginalizados em sua comunidade, ele retrata o choque de indivíduos alienados contra uma sociedade rural puritana e preconceituosa. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Jul 23, 2021 |
I'm still entertaining the idea of rereading this one one of these days...it was required reading my senior year, and most required reading that year never got a fighting chance. I decided instead to read Crime & Punishment on my own at the same time this was assigned. Crime & Punishment totally won. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Faulkner, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brooks, CleanthIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coindreau, Maurice-EdgarTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fein, FranzÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frielinghaus, HelmutÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Höbel, SusanneÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoel, SigurdTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaila, KaiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kristensen, Sven MøllerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Patton, WillNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece.'
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Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
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Joe Christmas does not know whether he is black or white. Faulkner makes of Joe's tragedy a powerful indictment of racism; at the same time Joe's life is a study of the divided self and becomes a symbol of 20th century man. Light in August is the story of Lena Grove's search for the father of her unborn child, and features one of Faulkner's most memorable characters: Joe Christmas, a desperate drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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