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Deceptively Deep, Remarkably Beautiful

  • Dec 31, 2010
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This was my first experience with Flannery O'Connor, and I am irate that no one shoved it into my hands and forced me to read it sooner. I have a feeling that O'Connor would have been inescapable if I had grown up in the South, but I went through 20 years of schooling in the midwest with hardly a mention of her, and that just seems wrong. This collection, originally published in 1956, reveals O'Connor's obsessions with change (and the consequences of resisting it), faith, and morality (of the sort that would be considered pedantic if it were written today but is instead brilliant because 1) this is Flannery O'Connor and 2) hello, it was 1956). There is a matter-of-factness to O'Connor's writing that makes it tempting to take her words at face value, but there is such movement and depth---like something rippling just below the surface---that it is impossible to resist looking for more. Everything that Rises Must Converge is great reading on many levels, and it is *just* the kind of thing my inner English geek gets off on. O'Connor is a master of the short story, and it is evident that she thought and re-thought every last word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph. A must-read for pretty much everyone.

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According to most critical opinion, Flannery O'Connor was one of the greatest writers of fiction that America has ever produced. When it comes to Southern writers, they say, she's right up there with the Nobel prizewinner William Faulkner, and if she had lived there's no telling what brilliance might have come from her.    I don't necessarily doubt any of this. The thing that bugs me is that those same critical opinions spend all kinds of time reflecting on the fact that O'Connor's …
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Collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'connor, 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. The title story is a tragicomedy about social pride, racial bigotry, generational conflict, false liberalism, and filial dependence. The protagonist Julian Chestny is hypocritically disdainful of his mother's prejudices. His smug selfishness is replaced with childish fear when she suffers a fatal stroke after being struck by a black woman she has insulted out of oblivious ignorance rather than malice. Similarly, "The Comforts of Home" is about an intellectual son with an Oedipus complex. Driven by the voice of his dead father, the son accidentally kills his sentimental mother in an attempt to murder a harlot. The other stories are "A View of the Woods," "Parker's Back," "The Enduring Chill," "Greenleaf," "The Lame Shall Enter First," "Revelation," and "Judgment Day." --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature--This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.
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ISBN-10: 0451031776
ISBN-13: 978-0451031778
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Publisher: Signet

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