I found this in The NY Times Book Review section. It’s in a review of Jeffrey Lent’s new book After You’ve Gone:
“There’s a difference between a Faulknerian sentence and an awkward run -on: ‘Nor was it the grace of faith for while he silently ran through the usual passages of condolence and strength they were vacant words more cloudy and vague than he already felt but neither was it a crisis of faith but simply God along with much else had left the house.’ ”
Huh? Maybe you had to be there.
The funny thing is, this is an overall positive review. Jeffrey Lent’s written a number of books, and has a great reputation that precedes him. So I guess it’s okay for him to write sentences that wouldn’t get the rest of us published, eh?
Funny how that works. Imagine sending a manuscript to a publisher with writing like that. Do you think you’d ever hear from them if your name had never been on a bestseller list?