>>7693816 Don't necessarily do everything >>7693832 says. Secondary sources cloud personal meaning/interpretation. Read through it one time through normally, then read through it a second time and pay attention to each narrator, their reasoning and discrepancies. Pay attention to shifts in character as well, and where those shifts occur. All it requires is a little bit of effort on your part–shouldn't be too difficult.
>>7693982 I'd agree with this. Definitely do not start with Absalom, Absalom. Definitely read The Sound and the Fury prior to reading that one. I have heard Light in August is his most approachable work of his best (he's got a few novels that are easy but less important to his ouevre) but I've yet to read it.
Anyone read Go Down, Moses? I've read Was, the first story in it, but I've yet to read anything else. I found Was very difficult but a really rewarding read. Plan on reading Go Down, Moses from start to finish after finishing Gravity's Rainbow.
>>7694040 I don't think this is true in every case. For example, it's better to read Crying of Lot 49 before V. when trying to get into Pynchon. Some people would recommend Inherent Vice before Lot 49 as well.
I just started on The Sound and the Fury. It's interesting and following Benjy's narrative can be jarring but even for being just a day in the life (with plenty of flashbacks) it's not too hard to follow. You just gotta lean back and enjoy the ride, I think.
Also, Quentin is a bad ass for not taking his brother-in-law's money and almost kicking his ass.
>>7694050 >it's better to read Crying of Lot 49 before V No it isn't. It literally does not matter. Obviously if someone wants to try something shorter/easier by an author they can pick the shorter work. Still doesn't warrant making a worthless thread
I read TSOTF at uni last year. We just straight dove into. I thought it interesting though he decided to tell a story the way he did it. I recently read AILD and i was able to pick up on a few things more quickly, but its still a challenge. Faulkners work requires multiple readings though, so don't get discouraged if you don't get into it the first time around.
>>7694116 I mean, I'm 20% into the book but yeah the part where his brother-in-law is trying to turn his screws, first by offering him money then by actually intimidating him but ends up backing down when Quentin calls his bluff. Bad-ass.
>>7694068 Maybe try some of his short stories. I recall thinking that 'That Evening Sun' was pretty good, but it's been a while.
Faulkner is a great author for several reasons, but he's writing Southern literature, so you need some familiarity with the culture and history of the South to fully get what he's writing about. If you're coming in blind, you might want to give WJ Cash's 'Mind of the South' a read as well.
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