Day 4 What’s the Last Book you Flung Across the Room?

I don’t think it’s professional to publicly trash other people’s books. And generally, if I don’t like a book, I don’t fling it across the room. I simply put it down. I will say that the most frustrating experience I had reading a book was reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. It is now one of my favorite books, but at the time it was required reading for one of my graduate classes. The first paragraph of that book is extremely frustrating, especially if you don’t know what the book deals with. I couldn’t get past the first paragraph. I had no idea what it meant. It made no sense! I ended up throwing the book across the room AFTER I took a knife and stabbed the cover. True story. I thought how the hell am I supposed to read this entire book when I don’t understand the first paragraph! I had my step-mom read it to explain it, my dad, my siblings. “Read this and tell me what it means!!!” I got a series of shrugs. No one understood it. I was like, how is this a famous American novel? Was he drunk when he wrote this?
The Sound and the Fury
At the time I read this, it was pre-internet, so no Googling “What the hell was Faulkner smoking when he wrote The Sound and the Fury?” However, there were research papers and critiques on it in the library. I hit a stack of those to learn that the first section of the book is written from the perspective of Benjamin “Benjy” Compson, a 33-year-old man with severe mental handicaps. “Oooooooohhhhh, okay. That’s cool.” Once I learned that, I could read the words and not struggle too much over what he is saying but rather how he was saying it. Anyway, needless to say I thought that was pretty neat and ended up loving the book.

After stabbing it and throwing it across the room and calling it every obscenity known to humanity.

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