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The Light in August


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My annual read of Faulkner and it's the best one yet.  The prose is superb and Faulkner makes full use of his mastery of stream-of-consciousness, as a result of which it was joy to read. 

 

Amazon sums it up well :

 

A landmark in American fiction, Light in August explores Faulkner's central theme: the nature of evil. Joe Christmas - a man doomed, of questionable race (change mine) and alone - wanders the Deep South in search of an identity, and a place in society. After killing his perverted God-fearing lover, it becomes inevitable that he is pursued by a lynch-hungry mob. Yet after the sacrifice, there is new life, a determined ray of light in Faulkner's complex and tragic world.

 

Highly recommended

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