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:
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“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)
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
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.
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.
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.
Unapologetic - Sobering - Beautiful
Haven't listened to many of them, but absolutely loved this one!
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!
The stories are bleak but interesting. The narration here is not great: the speaker pauses at odd points in the sentence, breaking apart elements that should be connected to understand the flow.
Interesting stories, surprisingly funny, and with a fine sense of place and an appealing oddness. It's narrated competently. Well worth a listen if you're in the mood for challenging short stories and have a tolerance for darkness.
I came across a list of books with one title per decade of a woman's life that she should read. A Good Man is Hard To Find was recommended for a woman in her 60's and the only thing I can think to say is:
At this age, who needs more waste matter in their life. I could only get through 2 or 3 stories in the book. They are sad, cynical and morbid. I need to find that list again and check out the author.
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I've heard nothing but raves concerning Flannery O'Connor, and I was not disappointed. O'Connor exposes the ugly underside of a specific point in time. It's not pretty, but it is authentic.
The racial language is ugly, but clearly adds to the ugly human characters exposed in O'Connor's work.
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