The 2005 Summer Selection is available in an exclusive three volume boxed edition that includes a special reader's guide with an introduction by Oprah Winfrey.Titles include: As I Lay DyingThis novel is the harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members-including Addie herself-the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Originally published in 1930.The Sound and the FuryFirst published in 1929, Faulkner created his “heart's darling,” the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers-the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin and the monstrous Jason. Light in AugustLight in August, a novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner's most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, mysterious drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry. Originally published in 1932.Take a seat in Oprah's Classroom and sign up for Faulkner 101 on www.oprah.com/bookclub.
Oprah Winfrey's demanding but rewarding reading selection for summer, 2005, is actually three novels, all by William Faulkner. Included are AS I LAY DYING, a stream-of-consciousness novel narrated from 15 different points of view, about the efforts of a family of poor whites to transport the dead body of Addie, the matriarch, for burial back to her home town in Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi; THE SOUND AND THE FURY, considered by many to be Faulkner's finest work, about the decline of the once aristocratic Compson family, as told in four often challenging stream-of-consciousness narratives; and LIGHT IN AUGUST, a dark novel about race relations in the South, in which Joe Christmas, an orphaned man with a mysterious past, shunned because he is part black, meets a tragic and gruesome end at the hands of a driven and obsessive bigot who embodies the worst of his society.
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