The Sound and the Fury

25 Painfully Unrequited Love Stories From Literature

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Great unrequited and unconsummated love affairs in literature act so powerfully on readers that we think we can change the story’s ending. Some of us will devour a book over and over again, knowing that two characters with great romantic chemistry won’t — and maybe shouldn’t — end up together but wishing against all reason that they will. Each time, we hope that the page might turn, and this time instead of a missed moment or a gaze or a goodbye, we will happen upon a kiss, or a reconciliation.
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Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’ Is the New ‘The Sound and the Fury’

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Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Lila, like her last two, is set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, sometime in the mid-20th century. And, like her last two novels, it is a debilitatingly beautiful study of faith and existential resilience. But unlike the last two novels, Lila’s title character is an idiot. (I’ll explain.) She also happens to be one of the most stunning creations in recent American fiction.
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10 Disappointing Film Adaptations of Classic American Novels

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Not all great American novels make great American movies, and after three previous Gatsby movies, it’s surprising that Baz Luhrmann decided to try his hand at Fitzgerald’s novel. With the exception of John Steinbeck (and, depending on your taste, John Grisham), few American authors have produced a handful of novels fit for the cinema. This is not necessarily a bad thing — as far as artistic mediums go, film and novels are strikingly different. But while the literary world is a go-to for Hollywood executives hoping that popular novels will seamlessly transition to the screen (and achieve the same positive response), it isn’t exactly a reliable source of artistic or commercial hits. Among these ten adaptations are valiant efforts as well as unmitigated disasters, none of which successfully captured the charm of their source material.
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