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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©1954 William Faulkner (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Admittedly, I am a huge Faulkner fan; though, Southern Literature is not my area of study, I have read most of Faulkner's novels. This was one of the gaps in his canon for me. What you have here is Faulkner at his best and his worst. You have moments when the plot and style come together to form a cohesive narrative. But you have plotting that takes turns where none are needed, becoming a book that is mainly potential. To bring the Great War into novel form was the life-long pursuit of Faulkner, which could be noted in his false claims to participation in the war. But the addition of a Chirst-like character onto the narrative leaves the novel moving in different and competing directions.
"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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