Faulkner masterpiece: brave experiment in modernist narrative
Many first-time readers find Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury maddeningly hard to follow. Some passages traditionally appear in italics, to give readers a handle on the back-and-forth through time. "It's notoriously hard," says Miles Orvell, professor of English at Temple. "To start a novel like that — it's an incredibly daring opening move."