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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories | [Flannery O’Connor]

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.
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Publisher's Summary

This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy. Stories include:

  • “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
  • “The River”
  • “The Life You Save May Be Your Own”
  • “A Stroke of Good Fortune”
  • “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”
  • “The Artificial Nigger”
  • “A Circle in the Fire”
  • “A Late Encounter with the Enemy”
  • “Good Country People”
  • “The Displaced Person”
  • ©1955 Flannery O’Connor; 1954, 1953, 1948 by Flannery O’Connor; renewed 1983, 1981 by Regina O’Connor; renewed 1976 by Mrs. Edward F. O’Connor (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    What the Critics Say

    “O’Connor’s works, like Maupassant’s, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription… In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary.” (New York Times Book Review)

    “Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. O’Connor’s characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer.” (Robert Lowell, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet)

    “With a keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O’Connor exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.” (Holly Smith, 500 Great Books by Women)

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      Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-09-12
      Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2011

      A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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      "O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life"

      There is something magical and impossible about O'Conner's short stories. They pulse, plunge and roll like one giant allegorical ocean. At one level her writing is beautiful and charged with a cold and lonely realism, but she pounds again and again with the brutality of her words until she absolutly devours and transforms whole continents of readers. One cannot read these stories and not be pulled away by the current of her imagination transfixed, transformed and thinkin' kinda funny.

      20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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      Nathaniel United States 01-01-11
      Nathaniel United States 01-01-11

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      "Flannery O' Connor"

      I love Flannery O' Connor - I read all of her fiction years ago and was happy when I saw her work on audible. There is so much to learn from all of these stories and I love how, even though her times are now dated, the messages and themes in these stories never will be. On a sidenote, however, a lot of these stories are sad and extremely depressing especially to those who are sad or extremely prone to depression.

      10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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      Jason United States 02-26-13
      Jason United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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      ""The truth doesn't change based on our...""
      If you could sum up A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

      Unapologetic - Sobering - Beautiful


      Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      Haven't listened to many of them, but absolutely loved this one!


      Any additional comments?

      Was just recently turned on to Flannery O'Connor and love what I've read so far. Her approach and messages are hard-driving and beautiful at the same time. Excited to read more of her work!

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Andrew MERRICK, NY, United States 12-24-12
      Andrew MERRICK, NY, United States 12-24-12
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      "Great stories; less than great narration"
      What made the experience of listening to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

      These are classic American stories, touching upon all the hot bottoms of our culture: race, class, gender and religion. These stories are both funny and frightening, sad and instructive. However, the narrator does not do them justice. These stories are read in a uniform, uninspired,rushed monotone. Still, not a total loss. The material is that good.


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      E Grapevine, TX, United States 10-25-13
      E Grapevine, TX, United States 10-25-13
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      "Bleak. Who wants to listen to this?"
      What disappointed you about A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories?

      In all fairness I only made it though the first two stories. I found the stories so bleak that I could not wallow in another one.


      Would you be willing to try another book from Flannery O’Connor? Why or why not?

      No.


      Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      Never heard of her, but I thought her reading was very good.


      If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories?

      ICK! not interested in drenching my soul with these dismal tales.


      Any additional comments?

      No matter how well written or well read a story might be, there are some things that are just distasteful to readers looking for something a little more uplifting.

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      Karen Concord, NC, United States 07-14-13
      Karen Concord, NC, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2006
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      "Disappointed"

      I chose this book based on a Southern Living article. I really like books about the South, Pat Conroy being one of my favorite authors. I just didn't get this book. I couldn't tell where one short story ended and another began. Some of the language may offend you but I think it does represent the language of the day in the South.

      I was happy when the book ended

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      Gina Burnsville, NC, United States 11-04-13
      Gina Burnsville, NC, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013

      I love Jesus, family, animals, nature ~ I'm in school for Web Technologies and Information Systems Technology. I love web design and writing.

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      "Very bad stories"

      I listened to the book in it's entirety, but kind of wish I had not. The stories are very sad and unfeeling. I don't like any of them. I had never read anything from this author and had no idea that her stories would be this bad. If I had it to do over, I wouldn't waste any of my time on them. I kept thinking there would be a good one in there somewhere, but there was not. They are all pessimistic and depressing with a sad and bleak worldview. I definitely don't recommend anyone waste their time with this one.

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