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Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories (1965)

by Flannery O'Connor

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Collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'connor, first published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

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Flannery O'Connor's final short story collection was compiled and published after her death. All except for one story, Parker's Back, were published previously and the final story in the collection, Judgement Day, is a reworked version of her first published story. It does help to know that O'Connor did not choose the stories or place them in the order they appear in the book.

The titular story starts things off and it's O'Connor at her biting best. A woman has her son accompany her on a bus trip in Atlanta, feeling she needs protection now that the buses are integrated. The son is resentful, both of this small task and of his mother, who raised him on her own and continues to support him. As he stews and sulks, she becomes increasingly outgoing and everything becomes more and more uncomfortable. And then it all ends very badly. It's both brilliant and immediately recognizable as being written by O'Connor.

The following stories continue in this vein, pitting hard-working yet silly mothers against idle sons who resent them. And then things always end very badly. In lesser hands, this would result in stories that feel too similar, but O'Connor's returning to the same ground results in a feeling of cohesion. And then there are the variations -- a man both resents his wife and longs to win her admiration in Parker's Back, a widower takes in a homeless young man with a club foot and soon prefers him over his own son, a lonely ten-year-old who misses his mother. But don't confuse heart-rending circumstances for authorial empathy; O'Connor eviscerates her characters, leaving them not a shred of dignity as she explores their darkest weaknesses.

My one quibble with this collection lays with the final story, Judgement Day. Even in descriptions of her given by admirers, her racism is evident. Yet her stories aren't racist -- she's equally willing to lay bare all the dirty hate and hypocrisy of a well-heeled racist in a new hat as she is to call out someone setting themselves in opposition to racism, but benefitting from it. But this final story, of an elderly man living in his daughter's New York apartment and longing for home, is the exception. Not only does the n-word appear numerous times in each paragraph, the Black characters all conform to a Southern racist's stereo-types. All the justifications, all the she-was-a-product-of-her-time excuses can't cover up what is going on in this story. Other than that, and it's a pretty big other-than-that, this collection is brilliant. Approach with caution. ( )
1 vote RidgewayGirl | Sep 15, 2021 |
Ugly little lives
content in their righteousness
karma, what a joke. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Holy crap!

Or really, I ought to say that these stories are all about crappy holier-than-thou jerkwads all coming to gloriously nasty ends. And/or despair. As desert.

I expected something of this before I read it, of course. I've heard that Flannery O'Connor is one of the masters of the short fiction and nothing I've read is telling me any else. But what can we really expect?

TONS of racism. A mountain of some of the very worst humanity has to offer handed to us in our very own PoVs. This is fifties and sixties stuff, so prepare yourself. The most grace I see in them usually comes from the really delightful ends. A death here or there. Despair is good. And often these nasty people don't even know why.

We do. Or I'd like to think we, as readers, do.

Hell, this is why I'm such a big fan of Stephen King. We get to know these jerks and then we start cheering when the bad happens to them. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

Well worth the read.
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Read 2015. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 15, 2020 |
I'd assume most Goodreads users are familiar with Flannery O'Connor's work but if you're not definitely check out this collection. O'Connor really takes no missteps, providing a host of characters who are blinded by their own delusions, typically pride, with disastrous consequences. "The Comforts of Home" is one story that brilliantly demonstrates the consequences of even small actions and the way that the violence quickly escalates doesn't feel melodramatic or forced, merely a swift judgment. This was a welcome return to one of America's best short story writers. ( )
1 vote b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
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Collection of nine short stories. Please do not combine with the eponymous short story. Contains:
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge
  • The Comforts of Home
  • A View of the Woods
  • Parker's Back
  • The Enduring Chill
  • Greenleaf
  • The Lame Shall Enter First
  • Revelation
  • Judgment Day
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