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Faulkner is one of those writers I could never get into, but always felt I 'should' like because of wide acclaim. Felt this way about Hemingway for many years until I was at an age where I could appreciate the weight of the work. I am age 31 and, though I can't grapple with Faulner's novels yet, found the short stories quite amazing and much different than what I expected (having read portions of some of his novels). This book costs two credits, but I think it's worth it because the narration by three different readers is perfect. The stories, "Black Music," and "The Tall Men," and a "Rose for Emily" are alone worth the price of this audio. Without exaggerating, I can tell you I've listened to "The Tall Men," at least six times. One day I hope to be able to read an entire Faulkner novel, but for now the short stories are great and very readable (listenable)
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What disappointed you about Collected Stories of William Faulkner?
Nothing disappoints me about Faulkner's stories.
The production of this collection, however, is unfortunate. There's no index, no distinction between the 6 sections you download (that is, you can't choose one section over another) and the stories run back to back with no gaps so you have to be paying very close attention to the timer to find '0' between stories.
I found it frustrating. With a hard copy of a collection, the reader can choose which story they start with, etc. Not so with this collection for the listener.If all you need/want is background on while you do other things, I suppose 35 hours of Faulkner is as good as it can get.
But, if you want a collection you can relish and return to favourites from, and discover new narrators from, you'll have to listen to the whole 35 hours, bookmark each story, and write your own notes on Titles, Narrators, length, etc. That's a lot of work...that shouldn't be required.
Any additional comments?
I really wish Audible would do Signature Performance of Faulkner's most familiar short stories (Barn Burning, A Rose for Emily, etc.) narrated by the same (Southern) celebrity.
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The story's are of their time very enjoyable. They would not suit the PC brigade.
What did you like most about Collected Stories of William Faulkner?
Its variety across Faulkner's many styles and genres.
What did you like best about this story?
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
There were a number of narrators and they each caught the variety in Faulkner's writing.
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Any additional comments?
An apparently casual observation (because it is hardly a sentence) from “Elly” (1934) catches something of how Faulkner writes. Elly, in bed with one of her many lovers, without any relationships apparently being “consummated”, describes herself as “already fled without moving” (“Elly”, 1934). Or at least this is probably typical of how Faulkner has his characters inhabit a present which is never only the present, though the past is more likely to figure in a character’s present than the future. Yet, Faulkner writes in many styles and even genres in this collection of forty or so stories. "A Rose for Emily" (1930) is both Southern gothic and sociology of a Southern town, albeit at the very edges of everyday life. "Centaur" (1932) shows Faulkner conveying a very un-aristocratic South in this episode in the rise of a member of the Snopes family. And then there is the truly shocking story of race in the South, "Dry September" (1931), which is told in a resigned, un-melodramatic way, at the other end of the spectrum from the gothic, in spite of its core of terror. Faulkner moves easily from the high rhetoric of "Centaur" to Hemingway-like hard-boiled in "Death Drag (1932).
While I prefer Faulkner’s greatest novels to his greatest short stories – and this collection includes all of those – his stories read like parts of something on-going, while a novel like “Go Down Moses” gains from the discontinuities that occur when something seems to end.