Which Faulkner titles?

The mayor of Oxford, Mississippi expresses doubts that Oprah viewers will make it through all three Faulkner novels the daytime talk show host selected for her book club’s summer reading:

“With a good reading-group leader, they’ll make it through ‘As I Lay Dying,'” Mr. Howarth said. “And they’ll make it through ‘Light in August.’ But they’re going to start ‘The Sound and the Fury’ and say, ‘What is this?’ ” He feigned throwing a book over his shoulder.

(Thanks to Jesse Kornbluth, who characterizes all three choices as “brainbusters,” and suggests three alternative Faulkner titles.)

Difficult as it is, I’ve always admired The Sound and the Fury, even though it once gave me nightmares.


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