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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955)

by Flannery O'Connor

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Flannery O'Connor was definitely a 5 star writer. I read her stories in college and was quickly a fan. Some of my favorites from this collection: The River, Good Country People and the title story. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
A darkly-humoured collection of Southern Gothic short stories, this brilliant book is filled with awful, selfish - in short, morally flawed -, characters and macabre and savage farces. The misleading title of the book, also that of the starter-story, so perfectly sets the tone for the entire collection - you know exactly the type of book and how great it's going to be when three pages in, you read about a grandmother dressing up for a car trip so that In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.

My favourite was The Artificial N-word, whose depiction of the evolution of almost savage loathing built-up over a day (after many years of self-righteous personalities) is palpitating and the sudden explosion of hatred was exhilarating and frightening. Characterisation, relationships, scenery, in all just a few lines, O'Connor immerses us in the unpleasant environment, with the reader strangely unreluctant but eager and enthusiastic, relishing the opportunity of being amongst such grotesqueness. ( )
  kitzyl | Jul 28, 2016 |
With authentic southern dialect, O’Connor manages to shock the reader in a way so matter of fact that the effect is stunning. Good and evil, religious themes, and the dark side of humanity are explored and exposed, but not without a healthy dose of dry humor. Readers will appreciate her excellent use of imagery, metaphor, and personification, all of which magically convey character, tone, and theme in a few short pages. I believe O’Connor is the foremost example of a short fiction writer, particularly of southern writers. She’s a master of the form. Highly recommended! ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | Jun 9, 2016 |
I just didn't enjoy this collection as much as I expected to. There were a couple gems in here, to be certain. But not enough to get me excited about picking it up each time. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
The New York Times, in a review of O'Connor's stories, referred to her as an American Guy de Maupassant. This is an apt description. O'Connor's stories paint a dark yet spot-on picture of the human condition. She takes the quaint out of southern living and shines a spotlight on the ignorance and prejudice with a razor-sharp and truly wicked sense of humor. Reading her stories left me amazed by her literary ability yet also a bit nauseated. What depresses me the most is that current events seem to bear out O'Connor's less than flattering assessment of human nature. Nothing else can explain Donald Trump's success in the polls. ( )
  Unkletom | Feb 28, 2016 |
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The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida.
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She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.
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This is the book that established Flannery O'Connor as a master of the short story and 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.
"The Displaced Person," the story of an outsider who destroys the balance of life between blacks and whites on a small Southern farm, has been adapted into a powerful drama for television.
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ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O'Connor's unique, grotesque view of life-- infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

With these classic stories-- including "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," "Good Country People," "The Displaced Person," and seven other acclaimed tales-- O'Connor earned a permanent place in the hearts of American readers.

"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

"In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer who orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary." -- The New York Times Book Review

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post-World War II authors-- a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Her work-- novels, short stories, letters, and criticism-- received a number of awards, including the National Book Award.

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The collection that established OConnors reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as zThe Displaced Persony and eight other stories.… (more)

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