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The Violent Bear It Away | [Flannery O’ Connor]

The Violent Bear It Away

The orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.
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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writer acutely alert to where the sacred lives and where it does not.

©1960 Flannery O'Connor (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O’Connor at her best.” (New York Herald Tribune)

“I am sure her books will live on and on in American literature.” (Elizabeth Bishop, American poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner)

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    val 07-12-13
    val 07-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic Flannery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Violent Bear It Away the most enjoyable?

    the realism in the telling of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the almost expected outcome of this freight train coming at full throttle


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    excellent characterizations - outstanding performance


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Violent Bear It Away


    Any additional comments?

    A good reading adds great value to the story - it is truly a performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Br. Charles 01-28-13
    Br. Charles 01-28-13
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    What did you like best about The Violent Bear It Away? What did you like least?

    The story telling was quite good but the story itself was more complicated or more symbolic than my attention span allowed me to follow while listening.


    If you’ve listened to books by Flannery O’ Connor before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first book by Flannery O'Connor that I have listened to. I have not read any of Flannery O'Connor's work.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    None of the characters qualified as "favorites." The description and performance of each made them equally problematic to like.


    Was The Violent Bear It Away worth the listening time?

    Undecided.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-06-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Magnificently written misery"

    I downloadred this book on sale because O'Connor is an author I feel I should know better, even though I have struggled with her writings in the past. What convinced me to try again was that Mark Bramhall is the narrator, and I have admired his reading in previous downloads. Bramhall did not disappoint, but I think I'm going to give up on O'Connor.

    I get that Southern Gothic writing generally contains characters who are "grotesque" in the sense of being misfits with sympathetic characteristics. I just had a hard time with the unrelenting miserable natures of the main characters, finding it hard to detect the sympathetic parts. Ironically, because O'Connor writes so beautifully, the ugliness comes through with enhanced power. Perhaps that was her point, but it did not make the experience any more pleasant. Having the book read by Bramhall made it easier to consume - as in the past, I would have had a mighty struggle to read it in print.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David J. Nowaczewski Detroit, MI 08-02-12
    David J. Nowaczewski Detroit, MI 08-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Mark Bramhall is phenomenal"
    Where does The Violent Bear It Away rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration really helped to capture the grotesque nature of the characters.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    The manner in which he made the different characters come to life.


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    Johnny Myerstown, PA, United States 04-13-11
    Johnny Myerstown, PA, United States 04-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Writing, Good Story"

    Beautifully written book. Really makes you think. Has a lot of personality. The narrator is top-notch as well. I'll be reading/listening-to more Flannery O'Connor.

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    test.audible18 Newark, NJ, United States 09-02-10
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    "Geat Book To check"

    I found out this book excellent. Check out all the review and then go for it.

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