A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hard-boiled detective fiction, Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake. She introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.More
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Loved the reader!
A memorable listening experience. I found myself rewinding and listening repeatedly to passages. The prose is so rich that with each re-listen, more details emerge.
I have also listened to and loved Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August. I preferred Sanctuary to Light in August, but do not consider Sanctuary as brilliant as Absalom or Sound.
I must disagree with fellow readers who did not like Hoye's interpretations of the book's many Southern dialects. Hoye's voice sounds very similar to Faulkner's own inflections as heard in his Nobel speech. I also thought Hoye brought realism and authenticity to the range of voices in the novel which span the social classes--from the Memphis Madam, Miss Reba, to Horace Benbow's gentrified drawl, to the hillbilly twang of the bootleggers
- Very Jones