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  •  William Styrons "Lie Down In Darkness" (3+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    It's a series of flashbacks with different narrative viewpoints.  Cliff Notes would have made it simple.

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    by bernardpliers on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 01:34:23 PM PST

    •  Haven't read that one by Styron, bernard (2+ / 0-)
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      The structure sounds like that famous Japanese work--you know the one, the same story told by four different narrators.  Rats, can't think of the name! Was it "Rashomon"?

      I read Sophie's Choice, of course.  Was irritated by the character narrating the story.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:16:53 PM PST

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    •  Oh yeah, how about The Sound & the Fury (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Brecht, llywrch

      without any explanation whatever.  Imagine what a relief it was when I finally learned that the kid was retarded.

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      by Dinclusin on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:49:22 PM PST

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      •  I read the Cliff Notes after reading S&tF (0+ / 0-)

        I still didn't understand what it was about, beyond something to do with an unhappy family in the early 20th century South. And there's a girl who runs away from home.

        One of these days I'll have to re-read it & see if it makes more sense these decades later.

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