I'm paused in the middle of the longest paragraph I've noticed so far, looking back and ahead I see it's about 3 1/2 pages long, and wondering if I'm the only person in the world who finds William Faulkner very hard to read, and at the same time really good. While I was in high school, prompted I think by the fact there was a new movie out starring Steve McQueen, I tried to read The Reivers. I don't remember how far I got, but I do remember being unable to finish, and for a long time I avoided reading Faulkner again; I made it through high school and college without having to. After I became a high-school English teacher I read As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, since I'd seen them on other teachers' classroom lists, and that led me to read a couple others, Sartoris stories that I've forgotten the titles of. In the course of that I became aware of Faulkner's creation, Yoknapatawpha County, and also aware that his books were connected to each other by sharing that setting and many of the characters attached to it. AILD and TSATF seemed easier than his other books--I'm sure that's why they're the ones most often chosen for classes--and the Sartoris stories are kind of in between the poles of difficulty, but still I found Faulkner hard to follow. My current effort so far is two of his novels--I'm almost finished with the second one--contained in a volume from The Library of America, Go Down, Moses and Intruder in the Dust. Over the years I've become very fond of southern writers: Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Flannery O'Connor, Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg and others I can't think of right now. The language and its cadences. . .you can hear the southern drawl, the gentle sheathed-steel tone of voice. I love reading William Faulkner, too, he's like sippin' whiskey to me, but man, he kicks my butt. Have any of you read him? Which books? What do you have to say about him?