Books: Nigger in a Woodpile

LIGHT IN AUGUST—William Faulkner— Smith & Haas ($2.50).

Those who from experience expect each Faulkner tale to be more gruesomely Gothic than the last will be disappointed in Light in August. Not nearly so horrible as Sanctuary (TIME, Feb. 16, 1931).

It would still make hair-raising cinema of the Dr. Calgari model. Like the late great Joseph Conrad's method of spinning a yarn. Faulkner's is roundabout, circular: sometimes the suspense is awful, sometimes merely interminable. Like Conrad, Faulkner makes his people coherent to an unlikely and omnireminiscent degree. Unlike Conrad, Faulkner depends on madmen...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!