William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is often named as one of the best novels of the 20th century. Faulkner tackles complex and universal human questions through mesmerising and unforgettable characters. The brilliance of this book emerges in the Salon study group, where you have the liberty to dive deeply into Faulkner’s work, question and discuss with others. Not many novels will stand up to 20 hours of discussion, but it felt we could have continued for another 20 hours. The Sound and the Fury was one of the most difficult books I have ever read, but through the Salon study it was also one of the most rewarding and impactful.
This is a remarkable book. Reading it is very demanding as it deals with painful human issues and asks much of our intelligence and capacity for sympathetic understanding. Because of this, it is a huge advantage to read it in a group guided by a gifted teacher. To share your perceptions of the book with others and to sense how these change and deepen as you listen and discuss is a truly inspiring experience.