Culture

Apr 17, 2018

Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

William Faulkner's The Sound and The Fury was originally published to little fanfare. There was a reason for that.

David Latham

Freelance writer

Sacred Cows is a series dedicated to overrated cultural artefacts and the more deserving ones we’ve lost sight of in their shadows. Each installment will pose an argument for one or the other, re-evaluating the worth of a text and the praise it has (or hasn’t) received.

This week, David Latham makes the case against William Faulkner's 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury.

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4 thoughts on “Sacred Cows: when your masterpiece is an unreadable mess

  1. Nudiefish

    I have tried so many times to read “Ulysses ” – because literature – and so many times have I failed. Sometimes authors delve too deeply into an experiment and can’t find their way out again.

    But, what do I know?

  2. Josephus

    Have not read this book but note that Virginia Woolf successfully used stream of consciousness techniques in To the Lighthouse and Mrs Dalloway. Not obscure rubbish at all.

  3. Charles Pickett

    The Quentin monologue is one of the best things I’ve every read. Love this book.

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