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Light in August by William Faulkner

Light in August (original 1932; edition 1990)

by William Faulkner, Noel Polk (Editor), Joseph Blotner (Collaborator)

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Title:Light in August
Authors:William Faulkner
Other authors:Noel Polk (Editor), Joseph Blotner (Collaborator)
Info:Vintage International/Random House (1990), Edition: 1st Vintage International, Paperback, 512 pages
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Light in August by William Faulkner (Author) (1932)


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Read this for a summer reading discussion at work. I read a decent amount of genre fiction, mysteries, etc, so when I do read real literature it really knocks me out. Such greatness, but also such great work that goes into spending the time and effort to really dive into a work as complex as this!

Both read and listened to this book (more of the latter). What a great job by the narrator Will Patton. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jun 29, 2018 |
Primer acercamiento a Faulkner y me deja con un gusto muy agradable. Narrativamente es el padre de muchos que vinieron después, sobre todo de los latinoamericanos del Boom. Personajes inolvidables y muy compejos emocional y psicológicmente, saltos temporales, historias aisladas que se van cruzando y poco a poco forman una trama brutal. Es una experiencia completa de lectura. Totalmente recomendado y un buen lugar para empezar con el autor. ( )
  andresborja42 | Mar 24, 2018 |
can't decide between cryptic brilliance or waste of time
1 vote rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
can't decide between cryptic brilliance or waste of time
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
A brilliant novel, and perhaps Faulkner's most accessible. This is the one I recommend to people to start with, if they haven't read Faulkner before. ( )
  MichaelBarsa | Dec 17, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Faulkner, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall 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
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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.'
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679732268, Paperback)

“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner
Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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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 od 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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