Light in August

by William Faulkner

4.4/5

A landmark in American fiction, Light in August explores Faulkner’s central theme: the nature of evil. Joe Christmas – a man doomed, deracinated and alone – wanders the Deep South in search of an identity, and a place in society. After killing his perverted God-fearing lover, it becomes inevitable that he is pursued by a lynch-hungry mob. 

“Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”

William Faulkner, Light in August