The Sound and the Fury
By William Faulkner
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The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner ranked # 6 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Sound and the Fury is a well-known novel written by American author William Faulkner. Published in 1929, it was his fourth novel.
The novel first received commercial success in 1931 when Faulkner's novel Sanctuary, a sensationalist story which Faulkner later admitted was written only for money, drew widespread attention to the author. Curiously, the book did sell well when Oprah Winfrey selected it for her book club in the summer of 2005, four decades after Faulkner's death.
The novel takes place in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. It is written in a stream of consciousness style and is split into four sections: the first from the viewpoint of Benjy Compson, a mentally retarded man; the second from the point of view of Quentin Compson, a depressed college student; the third from the point of view of their sardonic brother, Jason Compson; and the fourth section from a third person limited omniscient narrative point-of-view, centering on Dilsey, the Compson family's black servant, and expounding on religious faith.
The novel has achieved a great deal of critical success and has secured a prominent place among the greatest of American novels.
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