L'urlo e il furore

Novel by William Faulkner


Il 1929, passato alla storia come l'anno del crollo di Wall Street che segnòl'inizio della Grande Depressione, è un anno fondamentale anche per laletteratura americana. Escono infatti "Addio alle armi" di Hemingway e "L'urloe il furore" di Faulkner, una coincidenza che avvicina i libri, diversissimitra loro, di due amici. Faulkner dà voce barocca a tutte le ossessioni e ifanatismi di quel Sud di cui pativa l'interminabile decadenza, incominciatacon la sconfitta nella guerra civile. La mitica contea di Oxford diventa ilteatro di un insanabile conflitto tra bianchi e neri, bene e male, passato epresente. Il romanzo è un complesso poema sinfonico in 4 tempi, chescandiscono le sventure di una famiglia del profondo Sud.

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I went into this book blind, having read everything of Cormac McCarthy's and moving onto Faulkner, first with As I Lay Dying and then this. I got about 5 pages in then went to Wikipedia, confirmed I wasn't insane with a quick skim through the overview so as not to spoil the story, and jumped back in. I won't pretend I found it an easy read; sentences needed re-reading, some pieces of the puzzle didn't click together until later, and often I found myself drawn into the text at an ever increasing pace until I hit a punctuation mark and realised I had no comprehension of what I had just read. I hope to read it again one day, armed now with a knowledge of the timeline; upon completing it I felt I'd just completed a puzzle as handfuls of the pieces were hurled at me, now I've seen the completed picture I can go back and enjoy each piece as it comes. Absorbing though confusing, well worth a read but perhaps arm yourself first with a summary.

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