Light in August

Good Books Light in August published Light in August a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality features some of Faulkner s most memorable character

Good Books Light in August published 2020 Light in August, a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with 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, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter conLight in August, a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with 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, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.. Bestseller Kindle Light in August Light in August, William Faulkner's Portraits of Loneliness and IsolationA Note Regarding This ReviewToday marks the Anniversary of the Death of William Faulkner, July 6, 1962. In remembrance of him and in gratitude his works making me a man better capable of understanding others, I repost this review of my Favorite novel by William Faulkner, Light in August. My Mother died following a lengthy and grueling illness. I had been her caregiver as I had promised her I would. I promised that she would remain living in her home until the last moment possible. I kept that promise until no commercial suppy of oxygen was capable of providing her the amount of oxygen she required to breathe. Her last month was spent in an Intensive Care Unit. It was an especially difficult time for both of us. My Mother was a proud woman, refusing to acknowledge the severity of her illness. On the morning of her death, I was summoned to the hospital. She had breathed her last during a few hours break to sleep. After being a caregiver for so long, I suddenly found myself totally lost. I had nothing I had to do anymore. I was haunted and remain haunted by her appearance as I last saw her. I expected to enter her room and find her "prepared" to see, her eyes closed, covers neatly pulled up, her hands clasping one another. Rather, when I entered the room, her bed was still in the upright position. Her eyes were open. Her mouth hung open. She appeared to have died in the act of screaming. Choking, strangling, gasping for one more breath of air. It is a memory that haunts me to this day. I cannot get my mother's appearance in death out of my head. That morning I felt completely out of place. Lonely, isolated, in a place I no longer belonged. The hospital staff curtly asked where I wanted my Mother's body sent. Numbly, I named the Crematorium I had chosen. I left the hospital, went to the Crematorium, and made all the necessary arrangements. The following day, I travelled to Oxford, Ms. A trip my Mother had made with me frequently. I simply had to DO something. This is the review that I wrote following a visit to Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi. I thank you for your indulgence in my re-posting this piece. For me, my experience was an inspirational one. The trip forced me to put one foot in front of the other. Within the following week, I formed the online group On the Southern Literary Trail. Since the group began its first read in March, 2012, William Faulkner has been the author for whom many of our readers have chosen to read his novels and short stories. This is one of them.While you may think it strange, I observe the anniversary of William Faulkner's death each year. His favorite whiskey was Jack Daniels, Black Label. This evening I will raise a Black Jack with a splash of water over ice and thank Mr. Faulkner for all he has shared with me, now going on more than forty yearsIf it were possible I'd have it in Faulkner Country..Light in August, First Edition, Smith & Haas, New York, New York, 1032"Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders." William Faulkner, "Light in August," Chapter Six, Paragraph One.mIt takes guts to write a review of one of the great American novels by one of the great American writers. I could call it chutzpah. But I'm not Jewish. Just call it Irish-American blarney with a bit of a Cracker twist and a streak of red over my shirt collar. After all, I'm from Alabama.The truth of the matter is there's been worse hacks than me that tried to take a hatchet to William Faulkner. It's hard to believe any man could be that damned good. Some men, critics for the most part, just can't live with how good he is. So they say he isn't.But I'm in Oxford, Mississippi this morning. What Oxford hasn't torn down and replaced with high rise apartments and condominiums still leaves traces of William Faulkner that are there for anyone to see if they take the time to look for it.Last night I met a lovely young woman and her mother over at Square Books. They were down from Joplin, Missouri, for the daughter to take the tour of Ole Miss. She's already been accepted at the University of Alabama, but she thought she should take the Ole Miss tour.Where you meet the most interesting people in OxfordWe met in the Faulkner section. They were there first. Both were lovely. The daughter was seventeen. Her mother was graced with a timeless beauty that must give her daughter a good deal of satisfaction at what she has to look forward to when she takes a hard look in the mirror in forty years or so."Oh," the mother said, "We're in the way.""No Ma'am. You're not. I never step between a young woman and William Faulkner. It's always nice to see.""Mom, I don't know which one to get.""Sweetheart, get all you want. Wherever you go to school, you'll want them.""But if I get them all, then I'll want to read them all. I'll read them too fast and I won't get what I need to get out of them."The temptation was too great."Miss, just how much Faulkner have you read?""I've only read 'The Sound and the Fury.' I don't know where to go next."I have to admit it. I kind of let out a sigh, and sat down in one of those big easy chairs, conveniently placed by all the works of Faulkner and the many references published by various scholars through the Ole Miss Press."Have you ever felt like you didn't belong somewhere? Didn't fit in?"She had already told me she was seventeen going on eighteen. I figured it was a safe bet she remembered being fifteen pretty well. Fifteen year olds get not belonging anywhere.I saw her mother smile."Well, sure. Hasn't everybody?""Oh, yeah. Everybody. That copy of 'Light in August' you're holding there. It's all about that. Nobody in that book belongs where they ought to be."So over the next few minutes I told her about Lena, walking all the way to Jefferson from Doane's Mill, Alabama looking for the man that made her pregnant. I told her about Joe Christmas, left on the step of an orphanage on Christmas morning, beaten by his foster parent because he couldn't learn his catechism. I told her about Joanna Burden being a Yankee from an abolitionist family who was never welcome in Yoknapatawpha County. And I told her about Preacher Gail Hightower whose wife left him and then committed suicide and how his own congregation wished he wasn't the man in the pulpit.I asked if she knew what light in august meant. She shook her head no. I told her how livestock dropped their young in August. And I asked her if she'd ever seen those few days of peculiar light on an August day when the shadows were at their deepest and just before dark, before the shadows turned to black how everything flashed gold for just a few seconds, so fast, if you weren't looking for it you would miss it. She hadn't noticed. I told her when she lived some more years she would see it.There was a tear in her mother's eye. I wondered if she still hadn't seen it."Tell me about the man. Tell me about William Faulkner."And I did. I told her about how he wanted to go to war. How he lied about being shot down. How he wore his Canadian RAF Uniform around Oxford. I told her about Estelle, how he loved her, how he lost her, how he got her back and then wished he hadn't.William and Estelle Oldham Faulkner, who called the quality of the light in August to her husband's attention I told her to read, read everything--that Faulkner said that. I told her how he checked mysteries out out of Mac Reed's Drug Store and people started stealing his check out cards because they figured his autograph would be worth something one day.We ended up laughing and talking a good while. "Say. If I went to Ole Miss, would you be one of my professors?"I don't know what it is that makes people think that. Maybe it's the old cardigan sweater with the leather buttons. Maybe it's the white beard. I don't know. It happens a lot, though."No, I'm not a professor. I grew up and became Gavin Stevens. I'm a lawyer."They both laughed. We exchanged pleasantries, information. I told her mother that if her daughter ended up in Tuscaloosa, she could always call me. The daughter left with "Light in August," and "Absalom, Absalom."The young man working the coffee bar brought me over a cup of coffee in a Flannery O'Connor mug. "It's on the house. You sold that Faulkner.""No. I sold HER on Faulkner. There's a difference.""Sir, you know something? You should have been a professor."Yeah. Maybe so. But everybody's gotta be somewhere, whether they fit in there, or not. Well, it's 8:30. Store opens at nine. They want me in the Faulkner section today if I can stop by. I could use another cup of coffee.Dedicated to the memory of Miss Maxine Lustig, my guide to Yoknapatawpha County and many other wondrous worlds.
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  1. William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short story writer One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel Faulkner has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature Faulkner was influenced by the european modernism, and employed the Stream of consciousness in several of his novels.

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  1. Light in August, William Faulkner s Portraits of Loneliness and IsolationA Note Regarding This ReviewToday marks the Anniversary of the Death of William Faulkner, July 6, 1962 In remembrance of him and in gratitude his works making me a man better capable of understanding others, I repost this review of my Favorite novel by William Faulkner, Light in August My Mother died following a lengthy and grueling illness I had been her caregiver as I had promised her I would I promised that she would rem [...]

  2. It occurs to me on reading Light in August for the third time in twenty years, that if America were ever to try to come to terms with its legacy of slavery unlikely now at this late date but if it ever were to empanel some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, like the one South Africa had after apartheid, and which seems especially needed now that we are mourning the shooting deaths of so many unarmed black men, then William Faulkner s novels, certainly this one, should be part of the ba [...]

  3. Memory believes before knowing remembers Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.Are there many such novels that delve deep into our souls and that makes us suffer and weep I believe there are many, but not many that imprison us in its tidings and with their beauty in such a way that escape is an impossibility Yes, we cannot run away any less than its wretched characters could Indeed, William Faulkner in Light in August wrote a tragedy set in the fictional Jefferson tha [...]

  4. Words That stew in silent torment, weep and curse, howl in pain and outrage Words that spill from his pen and bleed on to these white sheets to taint our neat black and white categorizations Universes stretch across the extremities of his fictional Jefferson, that swallow lives whole and spit back all the folly men and women are capable of And images emerge in an unearthly chiaroscuro of mortal agony and transient joy Colours of spiritual disquiet and alienation and uncertain footsteps towards e [...]

  5. William Faulker, Light in August Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, I have come from Alabama, a fur piece Here Faulker presents Lena who has a passive role in Light in August as this phrase sitting, watching, thinking points out she is not actually doing an action here other than a purely mental one There is a lonely, languid feeling imparted by watching the wagon mount the hill that is shared with the wonderful title of the book The southern draw [...]

  6. A couple of thoughts I ll tie together 1 I read a BBC article that suggests a large percentage of people keep books on their shelf to impress others rather than to read them 2 As young students, teachers take us to the library and allow us to pick out whatever book we like as long as we re not just trying to avoid reading by picking out a pamphlet , but by the time we reach high school and college, it s assigned Though I believe an educator s recommendation to be valuable, I believe taking away [...]

  7. You re an American author, dead almost half a century, and there s this thing called television and a host ess talking about books with half the population of a country you once inhabited, you re on the list and why Race I really hate the term Great American Novel, how we capitalize it in the middle of sentences GAN, anyone and talk about examples of it with reverence It s a questing beast for authors that strive for it and an oddity for those who write something that receives the tag Through th [...]

  8. This novel is my first experience of William Faulkner s writing I was drawn to it partly because one of my favourite novelists, John Steinbeck, was a great admirer of Faulkner s work and partly because I felt it was time to fill the gap in my literary education caused by my unfamiliarity with one of the great novelists of the 20th century My research into which of Faulkner s novels to start with indicated that Light in August is one of his accessible works This proved to be so, or at least, I f [...]

  9. A dark and compelling slice of Southern Gothic with a prose which is easily recognisable as Faulkneresque that showcases his ability to write about the awful deep south at a time of serious racial prejudice, misogyny and the preaching of religion through the eyes of both men of the cloth and those who are deluded and fanatical Featuring some of Faulkner s most memorable characters including the dauntless Lena Grove searching for the father of her unborn child, Reverend Hightower who is dealing w [...]

  10. Don t pray over no body I knew that I would figure it out It was something I already knew That s how you don t feel bad about wanting to know anyone Don t expect anything It doesn t get rid of the falling feeling when you think about them, though Light in August is an ultimate societal kangaroo s pouch of claustrophobic guilt for me Where does anyone belong William Faulkner writes to me in my favorite way of being talked to in stories anything If I could have this in every book I read I would be [...]

  11. I ve read a few Faulkners now and this one left the least impression upon me, and yet it was still miles ahead of other novels William Faulkner flogs words, he teases them, he primps and preens them pretty like You d be hard pressed to find a wordsmith with range.However, compared with his other works, specifically The Sound and The Fury and Absalom, Absalom, this one read like a plain old pedestrian story It wasn t bad, it just didn t burn with the same fire as others Still, he had the ability [...]

  12. The sins of the father, the sins of the mother, the sins of the deep and the golden dark.I ve heard mentions of Light in August being one of Faulkner s most accessible works Fitting, then, that it be the second of my readings, the first having been The Sound and the Fury For I thought I found something in the first worth searching for in the rest, but as you and many an English Literature student know, TSatF isn t the place for certainty Here, I found that Faulkner knew what he was doing.I canno [...]

  13. We are in Mississippi, in Jefferson, imaginary Yoknapatawpha County town where Faulkner located many of his novels It is between the two world wars with a racist south, still recovering from the civil war.Lena, pregnant girl, comes from Alabama to join the father of the child A house is on fire A murder has been committed We will then follow the fate of Joe Christmas, and parallel those of the Reverend Hightower and Joanna Burden.It is a very dense book The atmosphere is heavy Nothing is trivial [...]

  14. Murat Belge nin evirisini ahane buldu umu belirterek ba layay m Uzun zamand r b yle tat alarak bir roman okumam t m Ald m bu tat konunun ak c l ndan veya ilgi ekicili inden kaynaklanm yor Elbette ilgi ekici bir konu ama beni slup kendine ba lad Faulkner la tan t m Ses ve fke de oldu u gibi burada da uygulad teknik insan okurken al p g t r yor adeta Bir yolu, bir a ac , bir bulutu veya bir yol bir a a ve bir bulut olarak insan okuyor insan.Dolay s yla zamanda ve mekanda yank bulan kendili ini g r [...]

  15. He just stared at her, at the face which he had never seen before, saying quietly whether aloud our not, he could not have said in a slow amazement Why, I committed murder for her I even stole for her as if he had just heard of it, thought of it, been told that he had done it Light in August by William Faulkner is quite simply a superlative piece of fiction, it surpasses pretty much anything else I ve read in 30 years If you want to read an author who literally dances with words in a style that [...]

  16. Publicada en 1932 poco despu s de El ruido y la furia 1929 , Luz de agosto de William Faulkner 1897 1962 es entre otras muchas cosas, la historia de un viaje, de una fuga, de un tr nsito La que lleva a cabo la joven embarazada Lena Grove, quien abandona su hogar la compa a de la familia de su hermano en busca del hombre que la dej en una situaci n doblemente embarazosa.As , en el camino, de carreta en carreta, ayudada por las personas que se cruzan en su deambular, acabar Lena llegando a la loca [...]

  17. Inviolada noiva de quietude e paz,Filha do tempo lento e da muda harmonia, Silvestre historiadora que em sil ncio d sUma li o floral mais doce que a poesia Que lenda flor franjada envolve tua imagemDe homens ou divindades, para sempre errantes Quando a idade apagar toda a actual grandeza,Tu ficar s, em meio s dores dos demais,Amiga, a redizer o d stico imortal A beleza a verdade, a verdade a beleza tudo o que h para saber, e nada mais John Keats, Ode a Uma Urna Grega Pensava que depois de O Som [...]

  18. So I m back in school now, and for the first time in ages am being made to read books Now I don t have any personal experience with desperately trying to get pregnant, but reading novels for school reminds me of that there s this activity that I m used to doing purely for fun when I feel like it, that I m now grimly pushing through on an inflexibly dictated schedule, whether I m in the mood or not, with this intense sense of purpose that seems to poison the whole event The result is that I m not [...]

  19. Lena Grove travels, on foot and with the aid of strangers, through the South in search of the father of her unborn child Her journey introduces the reader to a variety of characters, including the child s father, a man who falls in love with Lena, and a biracial man named Christmas Like Lena, all of these characters have stories to tell, and Faulkner interweaves a number of back stories and histories in the body of this book One of his accessable texts, Light in August is easy to get in to and [...]

  20. While Faulkner is a beautiful writer he is very depressing I lost interest after 100 plus pages, so I really can t even say that I read the book What did me in was his flashbacks It was okay for one chapter, but chapter after chapter revealed flashbacks, and this during the time when I found the book so interesting My thought was to skip them and get on with the book, but so many chapters were on it I will keep the book and keep trying P.S I gave in and finished the book It never got beyond bori [...]

  21. Like some bemused god looking down on his creations with a trace of empathy, but also with a hint of disdain at their hopeless bigotry, indolence, and willful ignorance, Faulkner s keen, cool eye for the way humans can be chilly in its precision But there is no denying that Faulkner knows his characters and, by extension, his readers This is a somewhat grim novel, with little evidence of hope for any of the characters who manage to walk away, but you will be hard pressed to find a honest and un [...]

  22. I have to imagine that Oprah Winfrey lost a bit of her, still colossal, political capital when she attempted to get the bored housewives of Middle America to read the works of Faulkner several summers back I remember when we first received the Oprah Box, as we called the Faulkner box set that was released for the occasion, at the bookstore where I worked A hugely prominent end cap exhorting neophyte readers used to books that never grew challenging than the woe is me fiction of Wally Lamb and J [...]

  23. A devastating and elliptical examination of race in America, Faulkner here absolutely dazzles with his approach Entirely linear at days end, he slices up the novel in such a way that allows for examination from every possible angle sideways being the favored direction His CHOPCHOPCHOP cadence perfectly mimics the frustratingly apathetic and inert resistance to racial enlightenment in the South, post Civil War It reads with the intentionally arrogant pacing of a mule doing calculus, seemingly des [...]

  24. You start off with the one story, all right In the background there s something bizarre, and you can instantly make up your mind about what it is, or not bother with it at all, like you do in life or any story Then, a few chapters pass, and like a boxer s feint now that background is the story and it s so different up close, all your judgements are useless, it makes your mouth gape open to see what s really going on Now the original story is in the background and something new that s bizarre wel [...]

  25. I ve been working my through some great books I read many years ago I don t know as I m picking up on new things reading with older eyes, but so far I ve not been disappointed The emotional wallop in these great novels still remains My latest effort was Faulkner s Light in August It s not Faulkner s greatest book see Absalom, Absalom , but it is the most accessible of his great novels And it contains one of the saddest characters in all of literature Joe Christmas Abandoned, institutionalized, a [...]

  26. Nella mia terra la luce ha una sua qualit particolarissima, fulgida, nitida, come se venisse non dall oggi, ma dall antichit classica E proprio vero ci che dice Faulkner La luce descritta qui una luce che risuona del periodo classico, una luce dal sapore antico, ma non per questo meno intensa Luce d agosto sono piccole matrioske che racchiudono ognuna una storia, una storia con personaggi indimenticabili, unici Dall Alabama al Tennessee, caratterizzato da strade polverose, seguiamo le vicende di [...]

  27. It inspired Boris Vian and that s enough in my book Joe Christmas is one of the great fictional characters in fiction I can smell Southern culture right off these pages Taste it and live the tale.

  28. Nella mia terra la luce ha una sua qualit particolarissima fulgida, nitida, come se venisse non dall oggi ma dall et classica William Faulkner Archetipo del grande romanzo americano ad impronta sudista , Luce d agosto avvolge nella sua prosa vertiginosa e febbrile una decina di personaggi, solo per limitarsi ai maggiori, ossessionati e tormentati da passioni insanabili e da un passato, prossimo o remoto, personale o familiare, col quale non riescono in alcun modo a pacificarsi.Forse l unica figu [...]

  29. The most obvious reason why one would choose to read this book is the magnificent way in which it evokes the atmosphere of the South in the 1920s The hatred and distrust between the races was all pervasive Such despair To say the book is about racial discrimination is like saying a painting is pretty.d leaving it at that It is the emotional response that Faulkner s words evoke in the reader that is so exceptional.Faulkner s sentences usually say than the bare words think prose poetry Many of th [...]

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