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Light in August

Light in August

by William Faulkner

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(6) Tree Line

Light in August is actually an easier read than other Faulkner novels, so don't come into this one expecting the garbled tale of an "idiot" (Sound in the Fury) or too many dense paragraphs like the ones we tackle in Absalom, Absalom (although you will still see a few). The greatest challenge to the narrative is that it isn't written in chronological order, and the story alternates between flashbacks and conversations/events taking place in the present-day.

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