This May Kill You

And you thought it couldn’t be done.

FrancoLooking over some of the offerings at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, I was surprised to see that they made a movie out of William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying.

I expect this will either be an epic twist to the art of film or a lamentable travesty. The movie is from James Franco so I’m not betting on its success (but you have to applause the audacity, I suppose).

I recall that HBO purchased the rights to all of Faulkner’s novels but even when I heard that, I was skeptical. Here’s an article from the Telegraph (Dec. 2011) on the HBO acquisition and plans for filming Faulner:

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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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