Goodreads Synopsis: Light in August, a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.
Again, I decided to read this because I’ve been on a classic literature binge. This one is probably my favorite of my recent classic reads. Light in August is a haunting story. From Lena to Hightower to Christmas, each character has a past that makes their life difficult and each is struggling for something else in life. This book is a fast read, and I should warn you does not have a very happy ending. Lena finds the man who got her pregnant but he’s not what she thought. Christmas gets into trouble with the law. Only Hightower doesn’t have some catastrophe fall on him. But I would definitely recommenced reading this book. It’s a book that looks into the heart of man, it shows people for what they are and how circumstance forces them to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
After reading this book I’m excited to read more by William Faulkner. His writing was very impressive, and his characters deep. Does anyone have any recommendations for more books by him?
In the end I gave this book 3.5 stars on Goodreads.