Robert Bruce has a wonderful blog named 101 Books. Bruce is reading his way through Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Novels. Book #27 is William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury. While I am partial to The Sound and the Fury, I completely understand Bruce’s critique. It is a wonderful book, but Faulkner’s stream of consciousness can wear a person down. It is book that almost requires professional assistance. Enjoy Bruce’s review.
Reading The Sound and The Fury helped me realize something important: This 101 book project is a lot like marathon training.
Over the course of the 16 weeks I trained, I made somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 to 70 runs. Every now and then, maybe once every 10 runs, I would step outside, walk down my driveway, and seriously consider skipping that training run.
I just didn’t want to put in the effort that day. I felt unmotivated and thought, What’s it going to hurt to skip one 5 mile run anyway? But I willed myself to put one foot in front of the other. And after about 45 minutes of running, I completed my mileage goal for the day.
Even if I was simply going through the motions–getting the “mileage in”–I still felt a sense of accomplishment, satisfied that I had fought through that desire to quit.
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