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Read & Download Light in August 104 ↠ Light in August a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality which features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters guileless dauntless Lena Grove in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate gLight in August a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality which features some of Faulkne. I’m not going to attempt to write an erudite review of this book because then I would simply be revealing the glaring holes in my Faulkner education A scholarly write up of this brilliant man’s work is best left to students of college literature classes or perhaps a well taught AP English course or another reviewer adept than I Confession I was hesitant to read this but I was determined to make another attempt after a failed one several years ago when I picked up a copy of Absalom Absalom I vaguely recall reading Faulkner in high school and the fact that I can’t uite remember the details tells me it was probably neither a poor nor an exceedingly enjoyable experience I am happy to say that this time around I was sold Light in August is not only accessible in my opinion but is also a remarkable work of fiction This is what I would call Southern Gothic fiction at its finest Jefferson Mississippi in the 1920s was rife with racism misogyny and religious fanaticism The depiction of every single character is striking Their lives are tragic lonely and often violent I couldn’t help but feel that each and every one of us must be damned in one way or another after reading this A man of mixed race Joe Christmas is the epitome of a person consumed by an identity crisis He strives to find where he belongs and in the process becomes completely alienated He cannot find his place as either a black or a white man Society feeds and inflames his feelings of alienation Nothing can look uite as lonely as a big man going along an empty street Yet though he was not large not tall he contrived somehow to look lonely than a lone telephone pole in the middle of a desert In the wide empty shadowbrooded street he looked like a phantom a spirit strayed out of its own world and lostThe other characters that populate this novel are eually compelling and I won’t soon forget Lena Grove Byron Bunch Lucas Burch Reverend Hightower Joanna Burden and many Since what truly sells me with any book is the writing itself I’m not a plot only kind of gal it would be remiss if I failed to mention the pure artistry of Faulkner’s prose – often poetic deeply emotive and highly evocative of this time and place He can remember how when he was young after he first came to Jefferson from the seminary how that fading copper light would seem almost audible like a dying yellow fall of trumpets dying into an interval of silence and waiting out of which they would presently come Already even before the falling horns had ceased it would seem to him that he could hear the beginning thunder not yet louder than a whisper a rumor in the airI feel at a loss to say about this book except that we must continue to reflect on our humanity and our obligations towards others We must as a society strive to work harder on inclusiveness and acceptance of others Faulkner’s message rings all too clear right nowIt was with tremendous sadness that on the same evening that I finished reading this masterpiece on May 22 2019 I learned that a young classmate of my daughter’s a fifteen year old young man had taken his own life A teenager who seemed always cheerful and one whose goal was to make others laugh at his charming antics He wanted to embrace others What amount of misery and feelings of isolation must have resided in his hurting soul for him to take such a drastic and irrevocable step; I can’t begin to imagine the pain he felt and now that of his grieving family

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R’s most memorable characters guileless dauntless Lena Grove in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower a. Memory believes before knowing remembers Believes longer than recollects longer than knowing even wonders Are there many such novels that delve deep into our souls and that makes us suffer and weep I believe there are many but not many that imprison us in its tidings and with their beauty in such a way that escape is an impossibility Yes we cannot run away any less than its wretched characters could Indeed William Faulkner in Light in August wrote a tragedy set in the fictional Jefferson that compares with the classic tale of Oedipus And so as he sat in the shadows of the ruined garden on that August night three months later and heard the clock in the courthouse two miles away strike ten and then eleven he believed with calm paradox that he was the volitionless servant of the fatality in which he believed that he did not believe He was saying to himself I had to do it already in the past tense; I had to do it She said so herself And I cried with Joe Christmas as with the rest of Faulkner’s poor damned people Yes damned for that was their destiny since they came into the world Every page that I read I felt amazed by Faulkner's beautiful and sad words I felt like closing my book every other page but he caught me by my love of words and literature and did not let me give up on a life of pure hell The story of his damned hit hard on my poor souls and I felt used by him Used yes but in the good sense by the colors of his spiritual disuiet transmitted to us in no uncertain terms I walked right along with him in the desolation of Yoknapatawpha County And despite my reticence and my torment I submerged without conscious thought always led by my feelings I felt forced by Faulkner's artistry to face a time of real racial prejudices misogyny where the delusion of religion only deepened those terrible and fanatical hates of human over humans Christmas' destiny was set as he was born no as he was conceived And with the rumors of his black blood it was assured 'He thought that it was loneliness which he was trying to escape and not himself' He could not escape his ultimate end after being labeled a ‘white nigger’ or a ‘black with white skin' from his orphanage years Or from the first insult Your little nigger bastard Or from the man with cold eyes that took him ‘I’ve no matter I’ve no doubt the tyke will do He’ll find no fancy food and no idleness’ Undoubtedly he could not fight his fate; it seemed too much so he appeared to have embraced it and incorporated his abhorrent mixed ancestry His life encompassed all the sufferings of poor whites and disfavored blacks He was sick after that He did not know until then that there were white women who would take a man with a black skin He stayed sick for two years Sometimes he would remember how he had once tricked or teased white men into calling him a negro in order to fight them to beat them or be beaten; now he fought the negro who called him white Had he ever had a chance Could he have escaped his birth as an innocent baby Was he ever innocent I don’t know how to answer my own uestions and simply have to keep reading Then he was home again Perhaps he expected to be punished upon his return for what what crime exactly he did not expect to know since he had already learned that though children can accept adults as adults adults can never accept children as anything but adults too But Christmas is not alone in his pain and his anguish Almost as damned is dauntless Lena Grove the pregnant woman that comes ‘all the way from Alabama a walking’ searching for the father of her unborn child All the time Faulkner’s prose catches by the gut and prevents us from abandoning his damned characters But of her we could at least imagine that she had some say in where she ended up for she opened the window herself She had lived there eight years before she opened the window for the first time She had not opened it a dozen times hardly before she discovered that she should not have opened it at all She said to herself ‘That’s just my luck’ But despite all her ignorance she went after what she wanted and persevered despite the hardship she found on her way looking for Lucas Burch Lucas Burch or Joe Brown as he is now known as here in Jefferson Besides the guileless Lena and the no good Brown there is Byron Bunch that was doomed to fall in love with the wrong woman 'He fell in love contrary to all the tradition of his austere and jealous country raising which demands in the object physical inviolability' There is also the disgraced Reverend Gail Hightower that after losing his Church survived by just watching as life passed him by outside his window; and his drama lies out there 'it too might have grown up out of the tragic and inescapable earth along with the low spreading maples and the shrubs' And at last the murdered lady Miss Burden; the mature lady that involved herself with the unfortunate Christmas 'I reckon there are folks in this town will call it a judgment on her even now She is a Yankee Her folks come down here in the Reconstruction to stir up the niggers' Even worst 'they say she is still mixed up with niggers'All together this most memorable group forms the picture Faulkner is painting us A picture of hate sin suffering fate desperation and injustice And what did drifter Christmas do that could not be pardoned in this very southern village in an era of persecution and no compassion He never acted like either a nigger or a white man That was it That was what made the folks so mad For him to be a murderer and all dressed up and walking the town like he dared them to touch him when he ought to have been skulking and hiding in the woods muddy and dirty and running It was like he never even knew he was a murderer let alone a nigger too Thus Faulkner translates to us the darkness of the human heart to warn about the dangers that expect around the corner if we unchecked unsuspected follow the dark that creeps deep in every man As Faulkner paints to us racism and misogyny often lead to the destruction of men and his home and together they can destroy what humanity should representAll these conjectures aside if you have not read Light in August yet I highly recommend it even as my heart is still settling down At the same time I have to advise you to prepare yourself for struggling with Faulkner’s group of characters in their doomed world You will be enthralled by his captivating prose but will not escape without shedding soulful tears

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Light in AugustLonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory; and Joe Christmas a desperate enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. William Faulker Light in AugustSitting beside the road watching the wagon mount the hill toward her Lena thinks 'I have come from Alabama a fur piece'Here Faulker presents Lena who has a passive role in Light in August as this phrase sitting watching thinking points out she is not actually doing an action here other than a purely mental one There is a lonely languid feeling imparted by watching the wagon mount the hill that is shared with the wonderful title of the book The southern drawl in fur and the reference to being far from Alabama mark this book as one of the deep South just as Faulkner himself The phrase is slow and takes its time to build up just as the structure of the book for which it is the opening phrase There are a multitude of verbs in the phrase but as I pointed out earlier they are passive in the book there is actually uite a lot of action and violence but it is described at a slow deliberate pace throughoutLight in August back in AP English was my first exposure to Faulkner and it was a mind blower His grandiose phrasing the palpable violence and life in the characters and the dark Southern gothic atmosphere mesmerized me Although it was years before I returned to Faulkner eventually reading nearly everything he wrote including the 2 volume biography by Joseph Blotner Light in August had always held for me a high and exalted place in 20th C American literature and remains one of my all time favourite books Cover to cover it is exuisitely wrought out of the mud of Yoknapatawpha County Mississippi painfully depicting the entwined destinies of Lena Grove Byron Burch and Joe Christmas what an extraordinary name for a character Eually impossible to forget is Faulkner's depiction of the preacher Gail Hightower only rarely Flannery O'Connor comes to mind has anyone so vividly given a face as compelling and iconic to southern fundamentalism as thisAn absolute must read especially if you are wishing to discover Faulkner