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The Complete Stories (original 1971; edition 1971)

by Flannery O'Connor

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Title:The Complete Stories
Authors:Flannery O'Connor
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1971), Edition: 33, Paperback, 576 pages
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National book award winner.
great stories ( )
  mahallett | Jan 5, 2017 |
Wow, the lady can sure write! Each story is full of picture-perfect imagery and some terrific metaphors. There's some very memorable characters in here as well, most of them think a little too highly of themselves and feel quite comfortable spreading their bigotry around, but they're fully fleshed-out and I'm sure I've met some of these folks a time or two. My favorite story was Everything That Rises Must Converge, but undoubtedly whoever takes the time to read this collection would find something that appeals to them. ( )
  5hrdrive | Sep 14, 2016 |
Flannery O’connor is an acquired taste. Her tales may not tell a linear story in the commonly accepted sense but her insightful portrayals of quirky characters are unforgettable. 4 1/5 stars. ( )
  Unkletom | May 14, 2016 |
One of the most harrowing reading experiences I've had in a long time. The stories themselves are beautifully crafted but the bleak view of human nature is potentially depressing. A great read but a grim vision of humanity, even the "good" characters are unsympathetic and come to grief. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
A fine collection of stories spanning Flannery O’Connor’s writing years, starting with her Master’s thesis. There are common themes throughout. Faith - “A Temple of the Holy Ghost,” “Parker’s Back.” Chilling cruelty and madness - the classic “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “A Circle in the Fire.” Small minds - the stunning “The Displaced Person.”

Racism is addressed in almost every story, as is evil. A twisted nihilist bible salesman in “Good Country People” is second only to The Misfit in “A Good Man..” in the evil department. “A View of the Woods” is another brutal one.

O’Connor seemed to admire infirmity as a subject, followed by death – particularly by stroke. Her characters often include useless and foolish young men and clueless older women. Family is often a source strife, and worse.

She eloquently describes nature in terms that often further the theme of a story: “Distant low-lying clouds that looked like rows and rows of white fish washed up on a great blue beach.” From “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”: “The sun was a huge red ball like an elevated Host drenched in blood and when it sank out of sight, it left a line in the sky like a red clay road hanging over the trees.” ( )
  Hagelstein | Jun 7, 2015 |
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Winner of the National Book Award

The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetime--Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find.

O'Connor published her first story, "The Geranium," in 1946, while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, "Judgement Day"--sent to her publisher shortly before her death—is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of "The Geranium." Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.

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The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetime--Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find. O'Connor published her first story, "The Geranium," in 1946, while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, "Judgement Day"--sent to her publisher shortly before her death--is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of "The Geranium." Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux. --Publisher.… (more)

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