I have read The Hamlet, and it is a somewhat lesser work than his grand masterpieces (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, A Light in August, and Go Down Moses; I would also add, though they are lesser known than those five, If I Forget Thee Jerusalem and Pylon).
Twenty-three year old daughter Clara Varner he finds clever, but he feels she also wastes her time on more contemplative pursuits.
While most of her contemporaries are married, Clara has been dating Alan Stewart, a genteel mama's boy, for six years.
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.
All the other characters are basically completely changed from the novel.
Eula Varner is still a sexpot, but she is no longer Will Varner's youngest daughter, but his dauther-in-law (Flem Snopes originally married her).
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When I think of the hate that put me in there and locked the door and set fire to it, and when I think of the love that wouldn't let me go... Now, I just happen to be one of the world's biggest Faulkner fanatics, having read all but five of his novels.
To him, his children are a disappointment, they who he sees as not being able to carry on the Varner name in the style to which he has built around it.