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The Art and Life of William Faulkner is told in an interesting, at times captivating, manner without a lot of academician double-speak. It explores Faulkner's drive and defects, masterpieces and failures in art and in life.
It was of tremendous help in reading and interpreting The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, As I Lay Dying and Sanctuary.
Ballerini does an excellent job with the narration.
I thoroughly enjoyed and thus highly recommend this.
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Others have complained of redundancy, but how can you write like Hemingway & evoke Faulkner? Especially when you're teasing out support for your thesis by quoting from the man's work. This sheds light both on the man and on the work; it doesn't revere him or sully him, but the writer is clearly a fan, and so he does get flowery at times. I found it satisfying.
I enjoyed this book immensely and it more than met my expectations. As a writer, studying writers, I somehow missed 99.5% of Faulkner. "Becoming Faulkner" filled in those gaps masterfully. The Faulkner work read/quoted herein opened new avenues to read and study further. As someone who's never been much of a biography fan, this work has made a convert of me. It was a wonderful experience, narrated stunningly and appropriately.