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Subject: William Faulkner
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 2:34 PM ET
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I love him.  I felt the need to express that sentiment to others who read books.

 

Mostly I just get strange looks when I say that. 

 

Thank you.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I have not ever read anything written by him, not even in school! Which of his books would be a good one to read first?

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 7:50 PM ET
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I had a thread in the classics forum about how its one of my goals for 2009 to finally start reading some Faulkner.  I have The Sound & The Fury, As I Lay Dying and Light in August on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 9:48 PM ET
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I think Light in August would be a good introduction, honestly.  Then, I would try for As I Lay Dying.  I also love his short stories, but I think reading his novels first helps to get an idea of how he writes and things to keep an eye on... ;) 

Subject: OOOHH! Have to Disagree
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:28 PM ET
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I have only read one William Faulkner book, so maybe I am being a little prematurely judgemental, but I HATED that book. It was and still is the worst book I have ever read. The only reason I finished it was because it was a school requirement. The book I read: As I Lay Dying. As of right now I have absolutely no desire to ever pick up another Faulker book. Maybe ya'll can change my mind. :0)

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:34 AM ET
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I love As I Lay Dying.  Sound and the Fury is great.  I read The Rievers when I was very young and liked that, too.  Sanctuary, not so much.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 5:26 PM ET
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IMHO Faulkner and James Baldwin are among the Great Writers who are ignored by modern generations, because their subjects seem -- not are -- so out-of-date. But don't get me started on the whole what's-wrong-with-American-education thing. Please.

Date Posted: 3/7/2009 10:26 PM ET
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i read Baldwin's The Fire Next Time in my senior year of high school, but it was for a very... unorthodox class called "Society, Literature & Truth".  It was really thought-provoking and not at all the usual high school english fare.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 1:30 PM ET
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Greg~ not to get you started (lol), but I humbly agree with you!  I don't know much about James Baldwin but you have my attention now...