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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.

    Critic Reviews

    “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

    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.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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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.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Andrew
    • MERRICK, NY, United States
    • 12-24-12

    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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    Amzing!

    Brilliant writer, brilliant narrator! Marguerite Gavin perfectly captures O'Connor's mordant wit. Different characters are voiced perfectly. Listen to this!

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    Dark but thoughful

    Would you listen to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories again? Why?

    Oh yes. I've already gone through it a time or two

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Misfit. Although he's a villian, his views of the world are so unique

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

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    Who was the most memorable character of A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories and why?

    The young boy in the river.

    Any additional comments?

    worth every second you spend with it

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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Not as good as Everything that Rises Must Converge

    I first listened to "Everything that Rises Must Converge". That is truly excellent (writing and narration). None of the stories in this book come close to that standard. I think this is Flannery O'Connor learning her craft. The stories are good, and contain the expected bitter comedy and bleak outlook of humanity. But they simply are not on the same level of what she went on to write. The narration isn't awful, but doesn't help bring the words to life. The narration in the other book is excellent.

    If you are considering buying this, be prepared for the unrelenting racism. One perspective is: that was the truth of life in Georgia in the 1950s. But it is just accepted as a part of life - the way we would talk about cattle. It's disgusting. Flannery herself was stained with considerable racism. Is it her fault? We all must bear the sins of our country and our time.

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    not as impressive as i had expected

    the title story, a short story about an awkward family setting out for a clumsy vacation, was mildly interesting but was almost immediately predictable. while i enjoyed the writing itself (sentences, word choices, structure, details), i just wasn't as impressed with each overall story. some ended rather obscurely, which one might argue that i just don't have an appreciation for literary fiction. maybe so, i won't attempt to argue that, but it's also possible my expectations were unfairly high because of how positive others seem to react to o'connor's work.

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    Deeper Conversion

    I will return again and again to be reminded of my need for grace and my function as an instrument of grace.