Shiloh

This is a short (225 pages) historical fiction novel written in 1952 by Shelby Foote. The book is greatness. Foote uses a unique approach to tell the story of the American Civil War battle of Shiloh. He employs the use of first-person perspectives of one protagonists per chapter, Union and Confederate, except chapter six where… Continue reading Shiloh

Writer’s Life: Be Encouraged

One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can serve the function of mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a particular neighborhood for… Continue reading Writer’s Life: Be Encouraged

Review: The Sound and The Fury

William Faulkner’s birthday was this past Sunday, September 25. In honor of his birthday I reread The Sound and The Fury. I read it 40 years ago while in college. I wondered if it was as great as I remembered. I must admit I struggled through the first 100 plus pages. I discovered the look… Continue reading Review: The Sound and The Fury

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

As with the second part of the novel, Hightower’s narration stands between the central story involving Joe Christmas and the outer frame story about Lena Grove. By aiding with the birth of Lena’s child and then by attempting to save Joe Christmas, Hightower has re-entered the stream of life. And even though Hightower failed Christmas,… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Chapter nineteen’s narration from the viewpoint of the town. After the last chapter, in which Joe found a certain peace within himself, he then returns to the community and apparently allows himself to be captured. Since none of the action is from Joe’s point of view, the reader must speculate about what caused him to… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

This is a “two-for” as I have included two chapters, seventeen and eighteen. Earlier in his life, Hightower thought that he had won for himself the freedom of remaining uninvolved in life. But gradually, since the appearance of Lena, he has slowly been drifting back into the stream of life. His re-entry into life is… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Sixteen presents Joe’s birth and the death of his mother. But whether he actually has Negro blood is left undecided. It was thought that his father had Mexican blood, but old Doc Hines and the circus owner both assert that the father actually had Negro blood. We also find out that it was the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fifteen

Chapter fifteen gives us an excellent presentation of a religious fanatic. By presenting him as the town sees him, Faulkner gives “Uncle Doc” HinesĀ  character qualities of a freak, a fanatic, a vile type of segregationist, and a pathetic weakling. Even though old Doc Hines is not identified in this chapter as Joe’s grandfather, the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fifteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fourteen

Since Joe Christmas felt the need to kill Joanna out of a need to keep his individuality and since he could no longer run from his own self, it is now significant that after the murder, he makes no attempt to escape. He never leaves the surrounding countryside through which he wanders trying to come… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fourteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Thirteen

Chapter thirteen handles the town’s reaction to the crime before we see, in the next chapter, Joe’s own actions following his crime. Hightower’s reactions in this chapter are central to understanding his character. Notice that when Byron Bunch discusses Lena’s fate with him, Hightower refuses to offer his house as a refuge for her. He… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Thirteen