Category Archives: Faulkner

Bleating = Blog Cheating!

I was inspired by Cristian’s Blog Post Opening Lines.  Bleating = Blog Cheating!  I loved Cristian’s post so I stole it, added it to mine, gave it my flair and TA DA – it’s mine.  All mine, mine, mine!!

You know I had to check on ours so far.  And here they are.  I hate to say it but my nod goes to James Joyce, “The Portrait of Young Artist?”  Who else could start a serious novel with Mookows?

Which is your favorite?

1.  Ulyssess –

STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

2.  The Great Gatsby

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

3. Portrait of a Young Artist

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo…

4. Lolita

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.

5. Brave New World

A squat grey building of only thirty-four storeys. Over the main entrance the words “Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre” and, in a shield, the World State’s Motto: “Community, Identity, Stability”.

6. The Sound and the Fury

Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting.

7.  Catch-22

It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.

8.  Darkness at Noon

The cell door slammed behind Rubashov.

9.  Sons and Lovers

‘The Bottoms’ succeeded to ‘Hell Row’.

10.  The Grapes of Wrath (I count this as me starting this novel!)

To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.

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A – Beginning at the End or End at the Beginning?

Helloooooo!  One last thought on The Sound and The Fury.  It was a good book.  (I am enjoying Catch 22 more!)  As you all know I like to research the author prior to or while reading a book.  I like to get into the persona of the storyteller and when I do, I find many interesting things.  Like writing Lolita while butterfly watching!  Faulkner was no different, I found an interesting tidbit.  Many of us that read the book were confused at the beginning of the book.  To begin a book from the perspective of a child trapped in an adult body is difficult.  I thought Faulkner was lacking in his writing skills, until I researched it further.  The epilogue that brought the story together for me and gave the distinct perspective I needed to understand the book was intended by Faulkner as a prologue!   His editors wanted it at the end so they put it there.

I wonder if it would it have made a difference in my enjoyment of the story.   It did tidy up the book for me as a epilogue and I must admit the ending would be lacking and leaving me wanting more if I had not read it. Therefore, I am glad I read on I usually do not.  Would I like to know the background before I began the journey?

Would the beginning have made more sense? No.

Would the book have had more depth to me? Yes.

Being a compatriot with the writer, I give the nod to Faulkner.. prologue.  It was as he wanted it to be written… keep it that way.  I really believe it would set the story up nicely.

Up next – Catch 22!!!  I am enjoying it!

Grab a book and read!!