Summary: Light in August – Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven opens with Mr. McEachern trying to teach and help Joe learn his catechism. He is so intense that he becomes an almost callous fiend. Mr. McEachern loses his sense of Christian values in his desire to compel the Joe to match his view of Christianity. The contradiction is brought about by McEachern’s righteous… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Seven

The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Players That Won the War

“The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Player That Won the War” is the best book I have read on the Pacific War Theater of World War Two. The book presents the decision-making processes, strategies, and at times politics that guided the Allied Forces to victory. You are there decision by decision and campaign. This… Continue reading The Pacific War: The Strategy, Politics, and Players That Won the War

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Six

Chapter 6 establishes Joe Christmas’s attitude toward women. It is a flashback to the earliest period he can remember of his life. It narrates the episode which affected Joe’s entire outlook on life. It covers the event that became one of the most crucial episodes in Joe’s life. First, it was there that Joe first… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Six

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Five

Chapter Five is a small skip back in time and covers the events of the night and day preceding the death of Joanna Burden. The idea that returns persistently to Joe’s thinking is the impending act of murder. We find elaborate and highly complicated rituals preceding the real murder in the chapter. These provisions are… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Five

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Four

Chapter four is a classic example of Faulkner’s narrative method. Faulkner involves the use of indirection and circumlocution. He will often approach his subject from an oblique position. He then withholds important information. This creates an air of tension. If we carefully study the method where Faulkner progressively unfolds his story of the house burning… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Four

Five Ways God Wants You to Use the Problems in Your Life

Five Ways God Wants You to Use the Problems in Your Life Are you facing problems in your personal life, business life, family life, relationship life, creative life, spiritual life?  We need to realize – Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities.  The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you.  It all… Continue reading Five Ways God Wants You to Use the Problems in Your Life

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Three

I’m blogging my thoughts, reflections, and a simple chapter summary as I reread the book chapter by chapter. Chapter three gives the background to Hightower’s life. We hear these things not from Hightower but from the town’s people. We learn that Hightower has negative preconceived opinions based on some event associated with his grandfather’s being shot… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Three

Poem: The New Boy at School

The New Boy at School He was sitting on the front row center Of his health class, all those years ago, As he listened to the teacher’s lecture. He glanced at the clock hoping it was time to go, Beneath the clock was a blond girl wearing Doris Day’s style of hair She looked him… Continue reading Poem: The New Boy at School

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Two

I’m sharing my thoughts, reflections, and a simple chapter summary as I reread the book chapter by chapter. As we look at chapter two we should be aware of the time of chapter two. Chapter two introduces Joe Christmas, the major character in the book. Our first look at Joe Christmas is from Byron Bunch.… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Two

Summary: Light in August – Chapter One

“Light in August” by William Faulkner is the book for the first time Faulkner reader to start with. The book is very readable. Unlike some Faulkner stories, the story line is easy to follow. He is not as verbose in this work as in some of his others where monologues within the story derail the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter One