A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

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  • Hardcover
  • 252 pages
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • English
  • 02 April 2018
  • 0151365040

About the Author: Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925 When she died at the age of thirty nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers O Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood 1952 and The Violent Bear It Away 1960 , and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find 1955 and Everything That Rises Must Converge 1964 Her Complete Stories, published posth Flannery O Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925 When she died at the age of thirty nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers O Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood 1952 and The Violent Bear It Away 1960 , and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find 1955 and Everything That Rises Must Converge 1964 Her Complete Stories, published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest s 60 year history Her essays were published in Mystery and Manners 1969 and her letters in The Habit of Being 1979 In 1988 the Library of America published her Collected Works she was the first postwar writer to be so honored O Connor was educated at the Georgia State College for Women, studied writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and wrote much of Wise Blood at the Yaddo artists colony in upstate New York She lived most of her adult life on her family s ancestral farm, Andalusia, outside Milledgeville, Georgia


A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories This Now Classic Book Revealed Flannery O Connor As 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 Stories Include A Good Man Is Hard To Find The River The Life You Save May Be Your Own A Stroke Of Good Fortune A Temple Of The Holy Ghost The Artificial Nigger A Circle In The Fire A Late Encounter With The Enemy Good Country People The Displaced Person 1955 Flannery O Connor 1954, 1953, 1948 By Flannery O Connor Renewed 1983, 1981 By Regina O Connor Renewed 1976 By Mrs Edward F O Connor P 2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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10 thoughts on “A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

  1. Fabian says:

    Exemplary short story collection very likely at the zenith in most all time lists All ten vignettes are blissfully cinematographic, spewing out image after retched image, illuminating lives filled with woe, woe,woe In a place of stasis violence The setting is that of the inglorious Southern U.S minus its usual sheen of glittery magnificence.It is without a doubt a strong dose of American Gothic The elements of which practically overflow in each short story the im Exemplary short s...

  2. Matt says:

    This stuff is twisted, sparse, clipped, dark, doomy, funny, dramatic, Southern, angry, sexy, super Catholic, death haunted, maniacial, bizarre, possibly racist, apparently desperate, fatalistic, existential, dreary, ugly, fetid, frenzied, morbid, lax, stern, prepossessing, unforgiving, unrelenting, anti everything, aged, retro , haunting, parabolic, anecdotal, moral, redemptive, sublime, reasoned, feverish, dreamlike, unsparing, sparse, I said that one already, seductive, craftsmanlike, worried This stuff is twisted, sparse, clipped, dark, doomy, funny, dramatic, Southern, angry, sexy, super Catholic, death haunted, maniacial, bizarre, possibly racist, apparently desperate, fatalistic, existential, dreary, ugly, fetid, frenzied, morbid, lax, stern, prepossessing, unforgiving, unrelenting, anti everything, aged, retro , haunting, parabolic, anecdotal, moral, redemptive, sublime, reasoned, feverish, dreamlike, unsparing, sparse, I said that one already, seductive, ...

  3. Riku Sayuj says:

    Exiled From Eden I don t always have the aptitude and the patience paradoxically for short fiction, but O Connor has a way of connecting all her stories by setting them in a landscape that refuses to leave you The stories and the unease stay with you as you finish each grotesque piece, building up layer upon layer of despair until you thirst for an almost religious release from it all.Peopled with the religious, the good and the moral trying to come to terms with a god less world, grappli Exiled From Eden I don t always have the aptitude and the patience paradoxically for short fiction, but O Connor has a way of connecting all her stories by setting them in a landscape that ...

  4. Dan Schwent says:

    A Good Man is Hard to Find A family strikes out on a road trip to Florida, knowing that an escaped convict is on the looseWhat a kick ass tale to open the collection Flannery O Connor had to be an influence of sorts on Jim Thompson, as this reads a lot like a condensed version of one of his stories She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life The River An odd little boy is taken to a river to be Baptised by a fire and brimstone pre A Good Man is Hard to Find A family strikes out on a road trip to Florida, knowing that an escaped convict is on the looseWhat a kick ass tale to open the collection Flannery O Connor had to be an influence of sorts on Jim Thompson, as this reads a lot like a condensed version of one of his stories She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life The River An odd little boy is taken to a river to be Baptised by a fire and brimstone preacher Bleakness ensues He could hear broken piece of the sun knocking on the water The Life You Save May Be Your Own A one armed drifter takes up with an old woman and her deaf maiden daughter Flannery O Connor sure writes some grim tales.A Stroke of Good Fortune Ruby has some difficulty climbing the stairs to the apartment she shares with her husband, Bill Hill, and her brother Rufus, all the while thinking about what the fortune teller said Bill Hill takes care of that A Templ...

  5. Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    I have been stewing on this book all nightit was 1 terrific in every and 2 completely rotten in every way and 3 scary, scary, terrifying scary without trying too hard to be O Connor has said that she searches in the darkest, most hopeless little worlds for god s grace orspecifically, god s presence , be it dark or light Seeing as I have no fear of the wrath of an angry god, why did this book affect me so deeply, leaving me with a stunned expression staring at a blank wall for sev I have been stewing on this book all nightit was 1 terrific in every and 2 completely ro...

  6. Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh says:

    Horrible horrible horrible, particularly the first two Trust me, I m not saying this just for effect They take dark to a whole new level like staring down into a bottomless pit Yet absolutely brilliant,of a review later maybe once I ve recuperated.

  7. Diane S ☔ says:

    Such a fantastic way she has in drawing her stories So vivid, varied characters, in all these stories regardless of the social strata of the people they are all searching for the same thing, grace Knowing this author s background leads to a better understanding of her stories Her long illness, she suffered with lupus, her Catholicism in the bible banging South and her people watching are all present in Jr stories Yes, they are dark, her title story A good man is hard to find, left me reeling Such a fantastic way she has in drawing her stories So vivid, varied characters, in all these stories regardless of the social strata of the people they are all searching for the same thing, grace Knowing this author s background leads to a better understanding of her stories Her long illness, she suffere...

  8. Algernon says:

    I am developing quite an addiction for the Southern flavor of American literature, and reading my first short story collection by Flannery O Connor isthan just adding fuel to the flame of my interest She is surpassing all my expectations and constantly going beyond the surface of things to touch on personal trauma that is often as unavoidable, tragic and soul reaving as a Greek tragedy I am not sure if I should use the term gothic for her stories Yes, her subjects are usually deformed I am developing quite an addiction for the Southern flavor of American literature, and reading my first short story collection by Flannery O Connor isthan just adding fuel to the flame of my interest She is surpassing all my expectations and constantly going beyond the surface of things to touch on personal trauma that is often as unavoidable, tragic and soul reaving as a Greek tragedy I am not sure if I should use the term gothic for her stories Yes, her subjects are usually deformed people, people with dissabilities or with communications problems, people with anger in their hearts or living in denial of the outside world A world that keeps intruding on their fictional reality, mercilessly knocking them down and teaching them some harsh lessons or not, to those still unwilling to see or hear I am associating Gothic with romantic heroes or heroines and grotesque settings O Connor s characters are ordinary peop...

  9. Paul Bryant says:

    Joyce Carol Oates says in a review in the New York Times no postwar and posthumous literary reputation of the twentieth century, with the notable exception of Sylvia Plath, has grownrapidly and dramatically than that of Flannery O Connor, whose work has acquired a canonical status since her death in 1964.And she compares Flannery s rep with that of Carson McCullers and Truman Capote who, sez Joyce, have gone down.Which surprised me I mean, no one could dispute The Heart is a Lonely Hunte Joyce Carol Oates says in a review in the New York Times no postwar and posthumous literary reputation of the twentieth century, with the notable exception of Sylvia Plath, has grownrapidly and dramatically than that of Flannery O Connor, whose work has acquired a canonical status since her death in 1964.And she compares Flannery s rep with that of Carson McCullers and Truman Capote who, sez Joyce, have gone down.Which surprised me I mean, no o...

  10. Jamie says:

    First things first, O Connor did exactly what she intended to do here It s not a failure by any stretch if, at times, close cropped and uneven Whatever she s doing, cruel and unusual, she s good at it But dear God, it just happens to be the exact kind of thing that revolts something deep down in my gut I m usually all on board with the creepy, crazy, what have you, but the difference here is that nobody is even alive before they re dead Bleak, oppressive, macabre, all of that applie First things first, O Connor did exactly what she intended to do here It s not a failure by any stretch if, at times, close cropped and uneven Whatever she s doing, cruel and unusual, she s good at it But dear God, it just happens to be the exact kind of thing that revolts something deep down in my gut I m usually all on board with the creepy, crazy, what have you, but the difference here is that nobody is even alive before they re dead Bleak, oppressive, macabre, all of that applies, but I ve seen it applied to Cormac McCarthy too and there I have the opposite visceral reaction So what gives For me, it s not about death and the close tangle with it or the darkly funny nihilism That s not bleak to me It s refreshing, invigorating, valuable The difference is, McCarthy likes his people They re alive Shit happens, ...