Book Report: Sounder by William H. Armstrong Sounder is a short children's novel by William H. Armstrong which was first published in 1969 and quickly gained enough recognition to earn a Newberry Award in 1970. In the years since then, Sounder has gone on to become a very popular book across the nation and is still regularly read both inside and outside of the classroom environment, and is even popular among adults. Sounder deals with the life of a family of poor black sharecroppers somewhere in the South in the early 20th century, although the novel gives exact locations or dates. There are only a handful of major characters in the novel. The first one we meet is the father, described on page one as a “tall man” on the porch of his...The end:
..... stubbornness in refusing to die and finding his way back to the cabin. I enjoyed Sounder and would recommend it to older children and even adults who are interested in the subject matter or just a good story. It has a lot in common with other works of Southern fiction such as some of the shorter stories of William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy, but more simply told. Although the book is clear and easy to read, it sometimes moves along too slowly and there does not seem to be enough going on to really explain the events happening. In other ways, the book is so short that it leaves out a lot of context and it is hard to get a sense of place from its generic descriptions. Work Cited Armstrong, William H. Sounder. New York: Harper Collins, 1969.