- member since December 7, 2007
Bonita M’s last login was Sunday, August 23, 2009.
Hey! Good for you on your Faulkner quest. You could certainly read Absalom next, but that would skipping quite a few novels. Actually he wrote "The Sound and the Fury" right after "Sartoris"; but ,since that one is considered the most challenging, you might want to read a couple of other first. I'd recommend "Soldier's Pay" next though. "The Reivers" can be read at any point as it is not so interconnected. I'm sure you'll do find no matter what you choose though. So you like him, yes??
I'm "jloucks" on pbs. Let's be buddies there!
Yeah, lots of characters in Faulkner's books, but the some of the same ones appear in the whole series, so it becomes easier and gets more intriguing as you follow their lives and stories. I think it took me two of his novels to figure out some of the relationships of the recurring characters.
I have not started "An Innocent Man". Do you know if that one was made into a movie? I know I saw one by that title with Tom Selleck in it a few years ago....
I have heard alot about "The Red Tent", all good. But no, I have never read it. Sometimes I find that if I read a book that states 'all the facts' I start to zone out. If a book is in story form, I really seem to absorb it much better. Maybe that sounds immature, but I know what works for me. That is why "Eve" looked so interesting, and also "The Red Tent". I also have "The Shack" on my short pile of books to read!
Bonita, are you a member of paperbackswap.com? If not, check them out. That is how others of my shelfari friends and I swap books from time to time. I'm a compulsive collector, so I hold on to the ones I like the most. I post the ones to trade on the pbs site though.
Hope you enjoy Faulkner; and, yes, I'm still looking for a copy of "The Things They Carried" at my bargain basement price.
Bonita, good to get a note from you. I always recommend "Sartoris" as the first novel for a new Faulkner reader. It is the first in his series about several particular families in an imaginary county in the deep south over many years. You could also start with a collection of his short stories, especially the famous, "The Bear", which is taken from one of his novels. I love everything he does, but "The Reivers" is about as enjoyable a read as some of Twain's stuff...another good one to start with.
I am looking over your bio and can't figure out how you have time to do all the things you do and still find time to read all the books that you do! And you have a limit of no more than seven books at one time!? How do you keep them all straight in your mind?! You know if I read before I go to sleep, I have to reread what I read the next day! Gosh, I envy you!
PS.....I agree with you...a book titled "Veronika Decides to Die" was not a good choice!
Yeah, I don't know if I'll ever get caught up! My idea of getting caught up is finishing the 5 books I'm reading before I start another one. However, I messed that up last week! At least I was able to finish the newest book in a few days. So now I'm back to the 5.
Good to hear from you, Bonita. I'll be interested how you like your current read!ing of Rebecca and Uncle Tom's Cabin. I've never read the latter, but I have a copy on my shelf. I just finished "The Historian" and started "Dracula" immediately afterward. I must say I'm surprised how fun it is to read Stoker's book after reading some pretty disparaging things about it by book critics! It's a real page turner!
I'll check out the group you mentioned. Thanks for thinking of me!