Light in August

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 18, 2011 - Fiction - 528 pages
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“Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” —William Faulkner
Light in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

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Great writing, of course. - LibraryThing
I love the imagery that Faulkner evokes. - LibraryThing
William Faulkner's writing is faultless. - LibraryThing
The writing is complex but absolutely amazing. - LibraryThing
The writing here is often profoundly poetic. - LibraryThing
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User Review  - blanderson - LibraryThing

Great writing, of course. The only thing that drags it down is the Gail Hightower sections. He is a boring, holier than thou character and easily the weakest part of the book. I readthat Faulkner had ... Read full review

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”Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.” (Page 119) I thought I had a mental block for William Faulkner. I thought I was spoiled ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in 1897 and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life. One of the towering figures of American literature, he is the author of The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and As I Lay Dying, a,ong many other remarkable books.Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1950 and France’s Legion of Honor in 1951. He died in 1962.

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