The majority, if not all of these stories, are far more straightforward than the experimentation you’ll encounter in “The Sound and The Fury”, and if you are one who hasn’t gotten around to reading Faulkner yet, this would be a great place to start. He creates a whole world, often times with recurring characters and family histories that are written so well you feel you know them and you care about them and want to know more about them. Add to the fact that his writing is simply amazing, particularly his use of symbolism and stream of consciousness style. A contemporary of Hemingway, and often compared, I don’t really see too much of a comparison, being that their writing styles are so different from one another. Faulkner is more lyrical, more willing to “let go” and allow the sentences to flow - although you won’t find those extremely long sentences that he is sometimes known for here. There are similarities with Hemingway but the differences far outweigh the similarities.
This collection is also great for those who have a keen interest in American history, particularly southern American history, and Faulkner takes you places that most never dreamed of. After reading this collection, he has easily jumped up to the top of my list of favorite authors. Simply incredible.