Annotations for Sound and the Fury


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"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 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Random House, Inc.

"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
 
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.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Random House, Inc.
Faulkner said that THE SOUND AND THE FURY was the closest to his heart as it had cost him the most anguish to write. For in this novel, first published in 1929, he created his "heart's darling," the tragic Caddy Compson, and projects her through the eyes of her three brothers -- the idiot Benjy, the neurotic Quentin and the monstrous Jason.

Here is the first of Faulkner's indisputable masterpieces, displaying in its passion and its power his genius at full reach. By turns lyrical and dramatic, hilarious and heartbreaking, it's the novel which established Faulkner at 20th century literature's center.

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