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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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I officially have a new favorite writer. When I'm a millionaire I'm going to buy thousands of copies of this collection so that I can get it into every library in the UK; she's highly regarded but still highly underrated, less well known than she should be.
I listen to a lot of American literary professors on audio, several have used O'Connor's genius to illustrate a point. Consequently, I thought I'd give her a read. I think my head has exploded. I've laughed. I've been horrified. I've philosophized. I've been in awe of the prefiguring, the irony, the characters, the plots and the numerous subtle observations of people.
The characters are alive; they have everything that a real person has. I've read each story twice so far and I will read them again and again. On the second reading I appreciated O'Connor's genius much more than the first time around. The five stars are for the seller. The book arrived fast and in good condition. For the stories themselves perhaps one or two stars.
The stories are described as American gothic , and dark humour. I found them desperately sad and bleak with little light. I read the first two stories and person who recommended her, read one of the stories. There are religious themes to get you thinking but it is still overwhelmingly cold and hollow.
There is no warm and fuzzy here possibly best used like Lord of the Flies as part of the English curriculum reading list. An unusual but interesting book. Good value for money and reasonable postage costs. It's a tough call to write short fiction beautifully, despite the number of people who try, but Flannery O'Connor has mastered the short story. One person found this helpful. Good product and service. Another good real crime book story. Somehow, Flannery O'Connor has always eluded me, though this book has sat on my bookshelf for a couple of decades.
Finally, a fellow reviewer, Mike Peterson, who recently read it, pushed it off my bookshelf, and into my reading hands. I'm ambivalent about this book; she seems to be the "Diane Arbus" of southern writers, almost exclusively focusing on the "freaks.
But still Nonetheless, within the context of her focus, the stories are simply superb. There is not a weak one in the collection, and I felt that the latter ones were the strongest. Furthermore, it deals with one of the most difficult problems of the human condition: someone with a physical deformity, who yearns to be "normal," and is betrayed by the person in whom they have trusted in this regard.
The last story, and the longest one, is entitled: "The Displaced Person. The "displaced person" is a family of Poles, after the Second World War. It is all about immigrants, and how they might work harder perhaps, in part, because they are more desperate , and even about veterans of WW I , and how they believe that they might have been treated worse by their government than the "enemy" that they fought. In another story, a "lost" boy, unloved at home, seeks to find Jesus in the river.
Alas, the sorry and the pity. Ah, those southern idioms that I have not heard in a while, like Despite the "freakiness, it remain an excellent and perhaps for many of us, an overdue read. See all reviews from the United Kingdom. Top international reviews. Translate all reviews to English. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Translate review to English. This was for my daughter. Her feedback about the book is very good. Zis is very gut.
Beau livre. I didn't love most of the stories but they are all well written. Load more international reviews. The deragatory slurs used in the first few pages I find to be heartbreakingly offensive. Maybe if I read more of the book I would realize the relevance of such transgressions. I myself would rather not wade in to such deep dark waters.
And as each plot unfolds, I am torn between savoring every word and wanting to read the very last sentence. They're all revoltingly real, as recognizable as the most hideous sinners in a Bosch painting, unerringly portrayed specimens of human devolution in the racist impoverishment and isolation of the American South.
Whether equally loathsome characters could be matched in stories of other regions isn't in question; all of Flannery O'Connor's gargoyles are from the South. Here's her first-paragraph intoduction of one of her monsters: "Besides the neutral expression that she wore when she was alone, Mrs.
Freeman had two others, forward and reverse, that she used for all her human dealings. Her forward expression was steady and driving like the advance of a heavy truck. Her eyes never swerved to left or right but turned as the story turned as if they followed a yellow line down the center of it. She seldom used the others expression because it was not often necessary for her to retract a statement, but when she did, her face came to a complete stop, there was an almost imperceptible movement of her black eyes, during which they seemed to be receding, and then the observer would see that Mrs.
Freeman, though she might stand there as real as several grain sacks thrown on top of each other, was no longer there in spirit. That woman is REAL. But however realistic O'Connor's grotesque characters might be, the situations in which they are placed in these stories are flamboyantly bizarre, at the edge of plausibility.
That pattern is so marked that one has to ask why. It's probably pre-post-modernist of me to ask, but I will anyway: what on earth is the intention behind this so-well-written weirdness? Or simple sensationalism for the sake of sales?
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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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
The car continued to come on slowly, disappeared around a bend and appeared again, moving even slower, on the top of the hill they had gone over. It was a big black battered hearse-like automobile. His face was as familiar to her as if she had known him all her life but she could not recall who he was. I know you must come from nice people!