The story of the dissolution of the once aristocratic Compson family, told through the minds of three of its members, including the imbecilci Benjy - 'the tale told by an idiot'. In very different ways they prove inadequate to their own family history, unable to deal with either the responsibility of the past or the imperatives of the present.
The structure of the book - three monologues followed by an objective account of the family history - operates in the same way as a classical symphony, as each 'movement' reacts against, enlarges and qualifies the others. The title implies a tale 'signifying nothing', but this is a ruse - Faulkner's vision is tragic in the full sense of the word. His honesty and his craft separate us from the fate of his characters - by teaching us to understand them he gives us a chance to prevail.
About the Author
William Faulkner was born in Mississippi in 1897. A legend of American letters, he is the author of THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ABSALOM, ABSALOM!, AS I LAY DYING, and many other works. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950, and died in 1962.
Experimental in style (extensive use of the interior monologue), this study of the decaying aristocracy of Mississippi is possibly Faulkner's most successful book, before drink and Hollywood got him. (Kirkus UK)
Published: April 1995
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.21