We've already established that I suck at reading Faulkner, but that was after I added several of his books to my reading list for the Fifty Classics project. The Hamlet, at least, is a fairly straightforward narrative, except for a murky part in the middle where someone is in love with a cow and everybody is unhappy about that.
This is the first novel in Faulkner's famous trilogy about the Snopes family, who insinuate themselves into a position of power in a small town in Mississippi. One of the things that interested me about The Hamlet was the portrayal of rural American poverty--eating turnip greens out of a tin pail for lunch, women who wear the same shapeless dress day after day because it is all they have, a family of five who share three pairs of shoes. Also, I think I am starting to understand Faulkner's sense of humor, which is a dark combination of tragedy and comedy.
As for the Fifty Classics project, I've committed to reading fifty classics in five years, and eleven months into the project, I've finished seven of the books on my list.