A group of soldiers travel by train across the United States in the aftermath of the First World War One of them is horribly scarred, blind and almost entirely mute Moved by his condition, a few civilian fellow travellers decided to see him home to Georgia, to a family who believed him dead, and a fianc e who grew tired of waiting Faulkner s first novel deals powerfully with lives blighted by war Exquisite and coarse at the same time, this book is a perfect combo of heart rending pathos and dark irony that Faulkner is so famous for The beauty if his style is surreal I am once again assured that he had a godly spark in him In my books, Faulkner stands high above all the fiction written before and after him The most interesting thing about this book for me is that I bought it at the house now bookstore where Faulkner lived while he was writing it mundane fact is eveninteresting to me than spotting some of the elements Faulkner would use later to much greater effect the ticking of clocks a section of dialogue set out as if the characters are in a play words inside parentheses to indicate thought, including that belonging to a collective society.While some of The most interesting thing about this book for me is that I bought it at the house now bookstore where Faulkner lived while he was writing it mundane fact is eveninteresting to me than spotting some of the elements Faulkner would use later to much greater effect the ticking of clocks a section of dialogue set out as if the characters are in a play words inside parentheses to indicate thought, including that belonging to a collective society.While some of its descriptive writing is beautiful, I m not sure of the book s point the question of who will marry the damaged Donald isn t compelling and all that jumped out at me is its misogyny Yes, there s a horrible male character whom I think is supposed to be comic, but that doesn t take away from the misogyny I was so frustrated by this book that I set it aside for a long while, and I m not sure why I finished it Oh, right, because it s Faulkner I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who adores powerful and poetic imagery The plot of the story is a little bland, it s almost soap operaish, but the characters who drive the narrative are anything but your typical soap stars They are real and engaging individuals and you find yourself amazed at how their plights tug at your heart The skillful way in which Faulkner uses language to tell this story will impress even the least literary individual If you are to read only one boo I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who adores powerful and poetic imagery The plot of the story is a little bland, it s almost soap operaish, but the characters who drive the narrative are anything but your typical soap stars They are real and engaging individuals and you find yourself amazed at how their plights tug at your heart The skillful way in which Faulkner uses language to tell this story will impress even the least literary individual If you are to read only one book this winter this should be it It d be easy to deride this, Falky s first novel, as mere prologue to later genius and dismiss it out of hand, as many seem to Fact is, this is so much better than most first efforts or, let s face it, 90% of fiction out there today, that it hardly seems to matter that it is Falky s most juvenile work It has all the hallmarks of his greatness the wit, the poetics and is actually refreshing since it doesn t feel weighted down with intense, Attican symbolism and southern woes, whether black or It d be easy to deride this, Falky s first novel, as mere prologue to later genius and dismiss it out of hand, as many seem to Fact is, this is so much better than most first efforts or, let s face it, 90% of fiction out there today, that it hardly seems to matter that it is Falky s most juvenile work It has all the hallmarks of his greatness the wit, the poetics and is actually refreshing since it doesn t feel weighted down with intense, Attican symbolism and southern woes, whether black or white It s a simple straightforward story about a WWI veteran, horribly disfigured who comes home to Georgia to die Oh, yes, and the people who gather about him as he dies It s about them, too