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Light in August [Anglais] [Relié]

C. E. Morgan , William Faulkner
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2 avril 2002 067964248X 978-0679642480 New edition

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by William Faulkner—also available are Snopes, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and Selected Short Stories

One of William Faulkner’s most admired and accessible novels, Light in August reveals the great American author at the height of his powers. Lena Grove’s resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner’s most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry. Powerfully entwining these characters’ stories, Light in August brings to life Faulkner’s imaginary South, one of literature’s great invented landscapes, in all of its unerringly fascinating glory. Along with a new Foreword by C. E. Morgan, this edition reproduces the corrected text of Light in August as established in 1985 by Faulkner expert Noel Polk.

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“For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics.” —Ralph Ellison

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William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25, 1897. He published his first book, The Marble Faun (a collection of poems), in 1924, and his first novel, Soldier's Pay, in 1926. In 1949, having written such works as Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for two other novels, A Fable (1954) and The Reivers (1962). From 1957 to 1958 he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. He died on July 6, 1962, in Byhalia, Mississippi.

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  • Relié: 496 pages
  • Editeur : Modern Library; Édition : New edition (2 avril 2002)
  • Collection : Modern Library 100 Best Novels
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 067964248X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679642480
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,6 x 14,7 x 3 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Le véritable Sud de l'écriture. 17 novembre 2004
Pour découvrir un des auteurs qui décrit le mieux le vieux Sud et oublier les histoires frauduleuses, décrites par les média françcaises sur les usa. Une invitation au voyage dans cette partie de l'Amérique trop souvent associée à autant en emporte le vent. Avec Faulkner, non seulement l'image est plus proche de la réalité, mais elle est décrite dans un style authentique.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The South rises 16 juillet 2000
Par Michael Battaglia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Nothing is ever simple in a Faulkner book. However plainly the people talk, however straightforward that the situations seem, there are layers and layers of things to dig through to find the ultimate truth, if indeed there is any. I've already read Sound and the Fury and as glorious as that book was, this novel absolutely captivated me. It's Faulkner's way with words, he's not flashy like some contemporary authors, preferring to slowly wind his way into your consciousness with his gift of writing. It's only as you read, maybe as you peruse a passage for the second time do you see the little details that you missed the first time out, the choice of a word here, the flow of a paragraph. And his characters, all beautifully drawn, with flaws and cracks and everything, but even the farthest gone of his lowlives has some pearl of wisdom to impart, his pillars all have dark secrets. In short they're just like his, if we lived in the South at the turn of the century. Faulkner captures it all, weaving his characters together with the skill of a master, no seams showing, everything seeming to happen naturally. Even when the story detours to tell someone's backstory, it seems to come at the perfect moment. If I sound a bit fawning, that's because this book deserves it, nothing puts together the picture of a time better than this, and as an aspiring writer I am in sincere awe of Faulkner's ability to reflect even the more complex of emotions with a word or a sentence. He has to be read to be believed and it definitely must be experienced. Just immerse yourself in a time and place thought long gone, that still lurks in the corners of people's thoughts and the traditions that never die.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliance in the Deep South. 6 août 2000
Par Chandler Merrell - Publié sur Amazon.com
This was my second experience with Faulkner, I read 'The Bear' in college some 25 years ago. 'The Bear' was written when Faulkner decided that he would no longer take it easy on the reader and stopped punctuating.
Reading 'Light in August' is not quite as frustrating; more like driving over a mountain, everyime you hit a straightaway you see another switchback on the horizon.
The story is not complicated but the characters are and Faulkner interweaves his passionate story by taking you as far back as three generations to make the reader understand from whom some characters evolved.
The best and most important character is Joe Christmas, the abused mulatto with no sense of heritage whose atrocious act is central to the goings on.
The passion with which Faulkner writes was simply unmatched by his contemporaries.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing audio performance of a great book 18 octobre 2005
Par Christopher Brewster - Publié sur Amazon.com
None of the reviews of this edition have mentioned Dick Hill's performance. I've listened to many audio versions of fiction, and this is in a class by itself (approached only by Donal Donnely's version of "Portrait of the Artist"). For once the performer has character (and is a character) in himself, and also brings each character alive brilliantly. For some reason, other readers are one or the other: surprisingly many readers are good at character voices but their own "narrator" voices are as dull as your high school principal reading the new lunchroom policy. The well-known Frank Muller does the whole thing quite well but at a kind of TV level of acting. Some readers are just bad all around. Dick Hill's version drew me in right away and made me believe it. It's a work of art in its own right like a great theater performance.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great starting pont 25 juin 1998
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Having read "As I Lay Dying" and "The Sound and the Fury," this is my favorite Faulkner novel. The writing is exceptional, but the "craft" that Faulkner practices is not as much an onstacle to be overcome as in the other two I have read. For that reason I found this a more accessible novel, and once inside, I was touched by the beauty and scope of this story. For those intimidated by Faulkner's reputation, then, I would recommend beginning with this challenging, yet ultimately rewarding, read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brutal Realism 9 juillet 2013
Par Timothy Clontz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Faulkner is one of those writers you have to put down for a while, then pick up in shock and awe, then put back down. It's tough, brutal, brilliant, beautiful, ugly, meaningful meaninglessness. You don't get some kind of tight plot to get through, but instead tangents of multiple people's lives as they interact. The book begins and ends in a disconnected frame that shows how unimportant the most important people are. It strikes you as if you were really watching these things unfold, with brief interest, before becoming the backdrop of an interesting tale as you move on to your mundane existence again. In short -- you aren't just transported into another time and place, but you become a character in it as well. It is your home, and you are part of the crowd. There is no other writer like Faulkner. You will be dirty, sweaty, poor, ignorant, and racist. And when you come back to this century you will have grown from the experience: clean, dry, wealthy, informed, multicultural -- and just as flawed a human being as anyone you turn your nose up about in this story. And when you look in the mirror you'll see that you really WOULD have been one of these people, if you had been in that place and time. Don't read more than one Faulkner book a year, but DO read Faulkner.
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