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13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books- Buzzfeed Article

All of this is extremely depressing, especially number 8. Two Barnes and Nobles and a Half-Priced Books closed down in my town, so I literally have to drive forty-five minutes or so if I want to browse for books. 

Don’t you people understand? I’m like Tinkerbell- but instead of applause, I need books to live!

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June 27, 2013 · 7:07 pm

The Sound and the Fury

I’ll be honest- up until last week I would have firmly placed myself in the “I hate William Faulkner” camp. I read some of his short stories in high school, was completely unimpressed, and swore that I would only read anything else he had penned under extreme duress.

I think needing to read the book to properly study for the comprehensive test that I need to pass in order to graduate college qualifies as “extreme duress,” doncha think?

So I bought the book. I started to read. And I was immediately transfixed. Not because my perception of Faulkner as a writer had been magically changed after the first page (no, I still thought he sucked), but because I was confused. Why did the book start off with the perspective of Benjy, the mentally challenged youngest child of the Compson family? How are the readers supposed to piece together what is happening when the timeline shifts from present to future in almost every new paragraph? What, exactly, happened to Caddy, the girl who smells like trees and was adored (to the point of obsession) by two of her three brothers?

The best way to get me caught up in a book is to give me a puzzle or a mystery to work out. This one- with the unreliable narrators and changing timelines- really kept me involved. I wasn’t bored while reading. I was frustrated, and confused, and the notes that I wrote in the margins definitely showed that (Example: “Why are there two Quentins? Seriously, bro, why would you give two different characters of different genders the same name? Dammit Faulkner.”). 

But I was never bored. 

I actually ended up being completely enamored with the book, and especially Caddy, the girl who drives the whole damn plot and is basically the heart of the book but never gets a chance to speak for herself. We never see from her perspective- we only see images of her from everyone else’s. It’s a frustrating and brilliant move on Faulkner’s part that leaves us as confused and entranced with Caddy as her brothers are. 

So yeah. I really loved this book. My prejudices were completely unwarranted.

My apologies to Mr. Faulkner. 

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Well hey there, it’s been a while.

Sorry that it’s taken so long for me to update this blog! Not that I’m certain any of you actually care, haha. I have a good reason, though- this semester was an academic nightmare. BUT, I survived, got on the honor roll, and am now officially a senior in college.

Scary stuff, man.

But you know what’s even scarier? That means I need to start studying for the dreaded comprehensive test. Basically, that’s where us poor little English majors need to study everything we’ve already read in our classes, plus 50 or more other books we didn’t have time for. So my summer is going to be all literature, all the time! 

Yay!

Yay?

That means that this blog is going to become a very handy study tool for me, so I’ll be able to update a lot more. Hopefully you guys won’t mind me sharing my thoughts on all the books that I’ll be frantically reading. 

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