WEATHER »

3 Faulkner Novels to Read This Summer


Getting back to the classics isn’t always easy, but this summer there’s some encouragement available. Our own billionaire and worldwide celebrity, Oprah Winfrey, has put three novels by William Faulkner on her Book Club list. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out one of the greatest writers in the English language.

1) As I Lay Dying: This tale of a woman’s family attempting, at all costs, to fulfill her dying wishes is not only a moving story. Its format, in which 59 first-person narratives make up the entire book, was very experimental for its time. And it only took Faulkner seven weeks!

2) The Sound and the Fury: Unlike As I Lay Dying, this novel begins with a funeral, seen through the perspective of children sent outside because they cannot comprehend the meaning of the event. Their stories, along with the rest of their family, slowly unravel in this multigenerational tour de force.

3) Light in August: Belying the title, Light in August is no fluffy romance-but then, what Faulkner novel is? A dark, complex story of racial tension, lingering Puritan morals, and intertwined small-town lives in the South, Light in August confronts aspects of the human psyche usually left unexamined.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Utility Giant Sued over Woolsey Fire

SoCal Edison faces lawsuits from fire victims and investors.

Sansum Clinic Offers New Way to Access Medical Data

iPhone app can organize multiple records, results, notifications.

Santa Barbara Gives! Features 55 Nonprofits

Community members are invited to donate to their favorite causes via SBGives.org.

Woman Killed by Train in Montecito

She was struck Friday morning near Olive Mill Road.

La Cumbre Sears Set for Closure

Liquidation sale begins this week.