25 November 2011: The Sound and the … language

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Esme Claire Keith posted this interesting little piece today, in which she describes the first time William Faulkner really spoke to her, in a manner of speaking:

“William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is divided into four sections, each with its own narrator, and the third section is narrated by Jason, a sour, embittered soul. He opens with the observation: “Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.” 

Shocking? Stunning? To Keith, it was. Not sure I agree, but I see her point which was Faulkner wrote with a bluntness uncommon for its time, but also made his characters instantly real and believable by doing so. What a redneck noir thing to do.

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