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Light In August
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Light In August (Paperback)

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A landmark in American fiction, Light in August explores Faulkner's central theme: the nature of evil. Joe Christmas - a man doomed, deracinated and alone - wanders the Deep South in search of an identity, and a place in society. After killing his perverted God-fearing lover, it becomes inevitable that he is pursued by a lynch-hungry mob. Yet after the sacrifice, there is new life, a determined ray of light in Faulkner's complex and tragic world.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 05/10/2000 ISBN-13: 9780099283157  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, William Faulkner was the son of a family proud of their prominent role in the history of the south. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, and left high school at fifteen to work in his grandfather's bank. Rejected by the US military in 1915, he joined the Canadian flyers with the RAF, but was still in training when the war ended. Returning home, he studied at the University of Mississippi and visited Europe briefly in 1925. His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919. His first book of verse and early novels followed, but his major work began with the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929. As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936) and The Wild Palms (1939) are the key works of his great creative period leading up to Intruder in the Dust (1948). During the 1930s, he worked in Hollywood on film scripts, notably The Blue Lamp, co-written with Raymond Chandler. William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize for The Reivers just before his death in July 1962.

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Faulkner is one of my favourite American authors after reading the Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying I was intrigued by this story which is superficially more conventional; the writing style is certainly is. It is set in the South of the USA and Faulkner's prose brings to life the characters, the brutality and the harsh life of the time. Essentially a murder story it tells us so much more about the human will and the compulsion to commit evil. This is an absorbing and evocative novel and even if you haven't visited the southern USA you will instantly recognise the characters who are brought to life so vividly by Faulkner's brilliantly coruscating writing.

- 26/02/2019
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