`Light in August' is worth the listen if you can stomach the ambient racism and the depressing existentialism. I read it many years ago and was excited to hear it on a CD-set. It was excellent companionship for my daily walks.
It was the story of a seemingly white migrant worker who had `a drop of Negro blood' in his veins, parallel with the story of a young, pregnant white woman who runs after her apparently useless husband-to-be to try to get married. The stories intertwine as the associated racial tones and attitudes play out in early 20th century South.
Faulkner, by the way, I believe was ahead of his time in attacking the racial prejudices, and his use of offensive racial epithets in the dialogue give the stories a raw, genuine flare.
I am stilled awed by the power and mastery that Faulkner has over the language, even with the fearless punctuation and spelling. He knows how to create a mood while telling a compelling story. His run-on sentences have a purpose!
I do have a definite problem with his hopelessly depressing existentialism. You just want to shake some of his central characters out of their malaise, but it does make for some great story-telling.
The CD reading was excellent. The recitation was well-acted and directed, and accessible, with different intonations for the different characters. The story is fairly complex, but the tracks are short and you can replay when necessary.
I highly recommend it.