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Light in August

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful book!

My first time reading a Faulkner novel but it will not be the last. This book is just so wonderful. Lots of symbolism. I would say this book is not for the impatient reader, but it makes you realize how some author's
are really light weights. I would most surely r...
My first time reading a Faulkner novel but it will not be the last. This book is just so wonderful. Lots of symbolism. I would say this book is not for the impatient reader, but it makes you realize how some author's
are really light weights. I would most surely recommend this for book discussions. I really enjoyed being in the old South!

posted by bookwormcf on September 8, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I made it out alive

I picked this book out to read for a term paper because I'd heard many positive things about Faulkner and how enduring and amazing his writing was. We had months to read the book, so I didn't rush through it. I tried to enjoy the novel. Note the key word of 'tried.' ...
I picked this book out to read for a term paper because I'd heard many positive things about Faulkner and how enduring and amazing his writing was. We had months to read the book, so I didn't rush through it. I tried to enjoy the novel. Note the key word of 'tried.' There is nothing to this book but Faulkner making up adjectives and turning the book's most violent figure into a victim, at some points seeming to beg for pity for his character. A lot of points seem kind of random. The book itself isn't hard to follow, but either Faulkner shouldn't be hailed as a master or this book should not be hailed as a masterpiece. Given the choice I would avoid this book at all costs, and when I finally finished the novel I felt as though I'd been saved from drowning. The rest of my class seemed to enjoy their books and even their papers thoroughly. I will not be reading anything written by Faulkner for at least many, many years.

posted by Anonymous on March 31, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Wonderful book!

    My first time reading a Faulkner novel but it will not be the last. This book is just so wonderful. Lots of symbolism. I would say this book is not for the impatient reader, but it makes you realize how some author's
    are really light weights. I would most surely recommend this for book discussions. I really enjoyed being in the old South!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    GOOD BOOK BAD BINDING

    Faulkner captures the isolation, lonliness, and confusion of the south, post civil, war by embodying them in each of his main characters. I STRONGLY recommend this enlightening book. My only complaint was the binding of the book fell apart within a two months of purchase.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2002

    Best Faulkner Novel

    I have just finished the Light in August and I felt this is the best Faulkner novel that I have read. This is a great book for someone that likes to read and not stop. I felt that you were always waiting for what would happen next. I will warn you that be aware of the chapters about a quarter of the way through where you go back to Joe Christmas as a child. I got a little confused but it will only take you a few pages to get back on track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Faulkner nails it

    This is the Faulkner for anyone who threw The Sound and the Fury across the room in disgust. What a genuine creation this novel is -- its bluntness would shock and astonish modern readers if they would only read it. Joe Christmas is one of the most subtly wrought Christ figures in literature. A must read.

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