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The Sound and the Fury is a southern gothic novel by William Faulkner, published in 1929. It was the work that Faulkner brought international recognition.

The story is part of a series of novels which tells the story of three families-the Sutpens, the Compton's and the Coldfields-in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in the South region of the United States of America describe. Faulkner wrote the novels SartorisThe Sound and the FuryAs I Lay DyingSanctuaryLight in AugustPylon and Absalom, Absalom! in a relatively short period: 1929-1936. They are among the masterpieces of American literature. The Sound and the Fury is the best known from the series. Fame among a large group of readers got the book in 1995, when it was touted by Oprah Winfrey.

The story is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County Countyarea. Faulkner uses a tell technique stream of consciousness is called. The story consists of long sentences and in addition, it is told from a differentperspective, by some readers as tricky experience.

The book is divided into four parts: the first, (april 7, 1928), is told from the retarded Benjy Compson; the second, (2 June 1910), from the depressed student Quentin Compson, the third, (6 april 1928), from their sardonic brother Jason Compson, and the fourth, (8 april 1928), work from the Black Star of the family, Dilsey. The four parts together tell the demise of a once-prominent family in the South of the United States of America.

The book's title is taken from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, scene 5 of the 5th company:

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing...

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