Excruciatingly Good

Give the author the tragic sense of Classic drama, roll him in the modern expansion of the craft of fiction, create a world which can contain all the great themes of literature, give the author a strong sense of language and you might approximate the strength of William Faulkner:  Aeschylus, Woolf, Hardy, Joyce in one author. But when you add the intense sense of history and the deep understanding of the South, you have a truly excellent writer and a truly excellent, albeit demanding, read.

Most of Faulkner’s work is well worth reading and many works are enhanced by repeated reading both to absorb the great complexity of the writing and also to discover the unique strength and vividness of the writing. My one complaint about Faulkner:  he makes most other authors seem silly and frivolous.

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