what is your favorite book by William Faulkner?

So, on my way home on vacation we are going to stop in Oxford, Mississippi. William Faulkner’s home is there. I haven’t read anything by William Faulkner….๐Ÿ˜ฑ, so what is your favorite book by him?!

20 Answers

  • Actually, if they have an anthology of his short stories, I’d get that. A rather well known author read one to a seminar I was in, and all the dour, tense grad students were laughing until tears ran down their cheeks.

  • The sound and the fury
    Light in August
    Spotted Horses, Old Man, The Bear (short stories)

  • Loved Sound and the Fury. As I Lay Dying is an all time favorite. I read it in high school. Stunningly powerful and unforgettable. But not a fun, upbeat vacation read! (Funny story – I loved As I Lay Dying so much that I used a passage as a monologue to audition for a school play that year – a comedy, no less – needless to say my overwrought audition did not land me a role in that one!! What was I thinking?!! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  • He’s a luxurious but tough read. I agree with Joan’s choices. Sound and the Fury is the best, As I Lay Dying is the shortest.๐Ÿค”

    • I agree. Both are amazing reads but they’re not easy. But well worth the effort.

  • On your way you could also stop in Columbus, Mississippi, my hometown and birthplace of Tennessee Williams. There are some beautiful antebellum homes there too.

  • You may want to read A Fable. It is outlined on his bedroom walls and won a Pulitzer.

  • If you are going to the home I’m sure there will be a gift shop of at least a selection of books — walk the grounds and tour the house, then look through the books and choose the one that feels right. They are complicated and sometimes it takes me a few false starts to get into his stories, but always worth it when I do. A recent adaptation of As I Lay Dying written by and staring James Franco is a great film (of a sad story).

    • Love this suggestion. Letting the environment and your own impressions intuitively guide your reading is an excellent way to choose. And Jim, love your recommendation of the “As I Lay Dying” movie. The book lives so much in the narrators’ and reader’s mind that seeing it onscreen adds a whole new physical perspective to the story. You recommended the movie to me when we were discussing this book awhile ago and I loved it. Watched it with my sicko friend who said “Thank god John Waters didn’t direct. This is one movie I certainly don’t want to experience in Smell-o-Vision.” Yeah, second that, lol

  • I haven’t as yet cracked open Faulkner. I’m intimidated.

  • My daughter’s summer assignment is “The Sound and the Fury” so we are doing reading it as a summer “book club”. Her brother is reading it for our “club” as well.

  • My fave is a short story, A Rose for Emily. (I think that this is the title. ) It has the added bonus of a unique point of view, the plural first person. ๐Ÿ™‚

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