At B & N Reads Somers tagged five of the best morons in literary history, including:
Benjy Compson, The Sound and the Fury, by William FaulknerRead about the other entries on the list.
Benjy is easily one of the most complex, challenging characters in literature. His lyrical, time-jumping, emotionally inarticulate narration at the start of Faulkner’s novel has caused more than one reader to admit defeat and back away from the book slowly, as one would from a hungry bear that has crashed your campsite. Benjy is never a figure of fun—he is a tragic, almost a force of nature, a person who cannot speak or communicate with those around him, a character who clings to the few stable aspects of his life like a drowning man to a log. Seeing the world from Benjy’s point of view is incredibly challenging, but in the end, his tragic life is the one we get to know best, lending The Sound and the Fury an elegant sadness.
The Sound and the Fury is among James Runcie's top ten books about brothers and Mario Batali's five great American books.