An allegorical story of World War I set in the trenches in France and dealing ostensibly with a mutiny in a French regiment.
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- William M Storm "An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus."
Difficult Novel Not Helped by Reader
A Fable, which might be for many an important novel --about soldier resistance to WWI fighting--- is to my mind one of Faulkner's most difficult novels. He spent ten years writing it and got the Pulitzer for it, but he sure doesn't give the reader much help. The pronoun "he" is used so often and so far from the anchoring name that we completely lose track of which "he" is being talked about. The reader doesn't help. Though pronouncing very clearly with a pleasant voice he has a strange arrhythmia: minor words are emphasized with inappropriate pauses, or stresses; a single speech stream is broken into two; vocal emphasis is given to non-emphasized syntax or meaning, Trying to process why this emphasis or that lack of it interferes with the ability to comprehend, much less appreciate. Too bad I can only recommend with warnings, as I'd like to give it much more.
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