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Joe Christmas does not know whether he is black or white. Faulkner makes of Joe's tragedy a powerful indictment of racism; at the same time, Joe's life is a study of the divided self and becomes a symbol of 20th century man.

©1932, 1959 William Faulkner (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"For all his concern with the South, Faulkner was actually seeking out the nature of man. Thus we must turn to him for that continuity of moral purpose which made for the greatness of our classics." (Ralph Ellison)

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  • Jamie
  • 18-08-2005

Simply great.

Scott Brick makes for a great narrator for this Faulkner classic. Well recorded reading. Like most of Faulkner's novels this is a gritty, and hard edged look into the human experience of the plight of the common southerner "after the fall". The plight of Joe Christmas and Lena Grove is unforgettable and well adapted for audible.

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  • R MORGAN
  • 19-08-2017

Faulkner on humanity

Faulkner is a writer who portrays the truths of human nature, with ease and grace. The story is a slow and plodding tale of humanity, rife with reality of the racism and sexism, machoism and religiosity of that era. An era not so very much different from the era in which we live, with the exception that people today don't strictly say out loud what they think of others. Faulkner doesn't neglect the charm of southern life, or does he neglect the bigotry, prejudices, and hardships. The clarity of his voice rings and he speaks against the worst aspects of society then and now.

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  • Yiana
  • 02-11-2016

Great book , loved it .

It had a great narrator , a strong story , and was an overall great read . Would recommend this book to all ,

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-2020

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The narration was pretty good but I didn't like the story (required for class) :/

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  • Thomas Purtzer
  • 27-06-2019

Excellent audio reading

I have read all of Faulkner’s books, many several times. I decided to use my Audible membership to listen to this amazing work and am glad that I did! The reading was superb and very dramatic. The novel may stun some readers by it’s raciness but in our day of pornography I doubt it will offend many. The writing can be very challenging at times to comprehend but like the reading of Shakespeare will richly reward the persistent and curios listener or reader. I highly recommend this Audible book!

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  • Scott
  • 17-02-2019

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It’s tough to go from Grover Gardner’s reading of Absalom, Absalom! to this. That was brilliant. This reading of Light in August is as though the person reading is not even a professional, but just some dude who hadn’t even picked up the book before they started recording.

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  • Dave
  • 31-08-2018

It was a good book

I like the voice that read it, as well as the story. It was good.

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  • ILM
  • 29-08-2018

Great narration of a good story

Narrator was great, it is surprising how easy it is to listen to Faulkner's stream of consciousness. The story is good in that Faulknerian sort of way, though it is not my favorite piece.

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  • Dubyatee
  • 10-08-2018

Not quite as tedious as Ayn Rand, perhaps

I think this is an important exposure to Southern thinking in the early 1900s, but it is not easy to get through. I think it might have been better with a different reader, as this one over -dramatized every sentence.

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  • John Wurst
  • 17-02-2017

Faulkner is excellent!

This is my first book by William Faulkner. I really enjoyed it. The adventure and intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat.

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