HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

The Sound and the Fury (1929)

by William Faulkner

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
14,839189286 (3.96)2 / 739
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… (more)
  1. 30
    Beloved by Toni Morrison (Laura1124)
  2. 30
    Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner (LKAYC)
  3. 21
    More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (alaskayo)
    alaskayo: A sci-fi romp through--intentionally so--much of the same territory.
  4. 68
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (AdonisGuilfoyle)
    AdonisGuilfoyle: The similarities are not obvious, but both stories contain the gothic destruction of two families. That, and there are two Quentins in Faulkner's novel to match the confusion of Cathys in 'Wuthering Heights', and Jason Compson is almost as cruel and twisted as Heathcliff. Enjoy!… (more)
My TBR (8)
Romans (33)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

» See also 739 mentions

English (170)  Spanish (4)  Dutch (3)  French (3)  Portuguese (2)  Catalan (2)  Italian (2)  Danish (1)  Swedish (1)  All languages (188)
Showing 1-5 of 170 (next | show all)
Yuck.

I don't know that I would have liked this better if I had read it to myself instead of listening to it, but I'm not likely to find out.

Multiple time lines hopping back and forth between tediums is just not how I want to spend my time. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Ouch, this was a powerfully depressing read. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
I enjoy reading Faulkner though it isn't easy. This Southern gothic tells the story of the Compton family over 30 years. It is a picture of fallen aristocracy. The characters are flawed. Mrs Compton is too "sick" to care for her children so the childcare falls to the black servant Dilsey. Faulkner tells his story through 4 narratives and use of stream of consciousness. The first chapter is by the intellectually handicapped Benji and it is very disjointed but the reader does adjust to it. I found it helpful to read a bit about the book so that it was easier to catch on. There are major chronological leaps back and forth. The second is told by Quentin with mostly stream of conscious. He is the smartest most promising Compton and goes to Harvard to attend school. The third section is told by sarcastic Jason who is most ambitious and self-interested of the children. The final chapter is told by third person, omniscient POV and centers on Dilsey. Much of the thoughts of the 3 brothers are centered on their sister Caddy. The description of the Compton family members; Mr. Compson is an alcoholic. Mrs. Compson is a self-absorbed hypochondriac who depends almost entirely upon Dilsey to raise her four children. Quentin, the oldest child, is a sensitive bundle of neuroses. Caddy is stubborn, but loving and compassionate. Jason has been difficult and mean-spirited since birth and is largely spurned by the other children. Benjy is severely mentally disabled, an “idiot” with no understanding of the concepts of time or morality. In the absence of the self-absorbed Mrs. Compson, Caddy serves as a mother figure and symbol of affection for Benjy and Quentin.
The title of The Sound and the Fury refers to a line from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth, a Scottish general and nobleman, learns of his wife’s suicide and feels that his life is crumbling into chaos. In addition to Faulkner’s title, we can find several of the novel’s important motifs in Macbeth’s short soliloquy in Act V, scene v:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

The cover of the first edition, The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner by William Faulkner portrays a man in torment as if wrestling in darkness, maybe depression. ( )
  Kristelh | Mar 9, 2021 |
O Som e a Fúria é a tragédia da família Compson, apresentando algumas das personagens mais memoráveis da literatura: a bela e rebelde Caddy, Benjy, o filho varão, o assombrado e neurótico Quentin; Jason, o cínico brutal, e Dilsey, o criado negro. Com as suas vidas fragmentadas e atormentadas pela história e pela herança, as suas vozes e ações enredam-se para criar o que é, sem dúvida, a obra-prima de Faulkner e um dos maiores romances do século XX. William Faulkner afirmou muitas vezes que O Som e a Fúria era o romance mais próximo do seu coração porque era o que lhe tinha causado mais sofrimento e angústia a escrever. Neste magnífico romance, publicado pela primeira vez em 1929, Faulkner criou a «menina dos seus olhos», a bela e trágica Caddy Compson, cuja história nos conta através dos monólogos separados dos seus três irmãos: Benjy, o idiota; Quentin, o suicida neurótico; e o monstruoso Jason. ( )
  Alberto_Martins | Mar 7, 2021 |
El ruido y la furia es una obra maestra de la literatura. Relata la degeneración progresiva de la familia Compson, sus secretos y las relaciones de amor y odio que la sostienen y la destruyen. Por primera vez, William Faulkner (Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1949) introduce el monólogo interior y revela los diferentes puntos de vista de sus personajes: Benjy, deficiente mental, castrado por sus propios parientes; Quentin, poseído por un amor incestuoso e incapaz de controlar los celos, y Jason, monstruo de maldad y sadismo.

El ruido y la furia (el original en inglés: The Sound and the Fury) es la cuarta novela del autor estadounidense William Faulkner, publicada en 1929. ... El verso que inspiró al escritor describe la vida como una historia contada por un discapacitado mental, lo cual es una síntesis de esta novela. ( )
  Aido2021 | Feb 25, 2021 |
Showing 1-5 of 170 (next | show all)
Escribir este libro foi para min como aprender a ler, coma se me achegase á linguaxe, ás palabras, co mesmo respecto e coidado de quen se achega á dinamita". Así describe William Faulkner (New Albany, 1897-Oxford, 1962) a súa experiencia con O ruído e a furia, a súa cuarta novela, publicada en 1929. A historia da ruína e decadencia da familia Compson, no Sur dos EUA, segue a representar para o lector de hoxe ese mesmo desafío, o da literatura como reinvención da linguaxe. Ao tempo, é un magnífico exemplo do pulo que posúe unha narración inspirada na vida, ese "conto contado por un idiota, cheo de ruído e de furia, que nada significa", segundo deixou dito Shakespeare en Macbeth.
 

» Add other authors (14 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Faulkner, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Antolín Rato, MarianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Antunes, António LoboIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arbonès, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barklund, GunnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Braem, Helmut M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Britto, Paulo HenriquesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaves, Ana MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coindreau, Maurice EdgarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Costa Clos, MercèTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Díaz Sánchez, María EugeniaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dewey, Kenneth FrancisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dyankov, KrastanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Godden, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hughes, RichardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jařab, JosefAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonasson, BerntIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaila, KaiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kaiser, ElisabethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kandinsky, WolframNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mantovani, VincenzoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mardon, AllanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minter, David L.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oakes, BillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pellar, RudolfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Phillips, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, MarilynneForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Simonsen, HelgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Skei, Hans H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stroud, Steven H.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tavares, ClarisseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vandenbergh, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warren, Robert PennIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.
Quotations
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."
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

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

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary
Jason sums it thus:
"Once a bitch, always a bitch."
I prefer Benjy.
(LeBoeuf)

Legacy Library: William Faulkner

William Faulkner has a Legacy Library. Legacy libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members from the Legacy Libraries group.

See William Faulkner's legacy profile.

See William Faulkner's author page.

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.96)
0.5 14
1 100
1.5 9
2 173
2.5 34
3 366
3.5 96
4 737
4.5 129
5 1017

GenreThing

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 159,157,544 books! | Top bar: Always visible