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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 PersonFlannery O Connor by Flannery O Connor renewed ,by Regina O Connor renewedby Mrs Edward F O Connor PBlackstone Audio, Inc 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, yeah, and the world is a rough rough place, but it has real human people and whatever it is we call a soul, it s there And it s worth fighting for It may have a good enough dose of evil but it s not shrunk down with hate There was this other review that said O Connor believes in God but not so much in people, and all things considered that s exactly it The thing is, I need the opposite I need it the other way around An exemplary short story collection very likely at the zenith in most all time lists All 10 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 one very strong dose of American Gothic The elements of which practically overflow in each short story the immor An exemplary short story collection very likely at the zenith in most all time lists All 10 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 one very strong dose of American Gothic The elements of which practically overflow in each short story the immortal clashes between races, between sexes, between ages reluctance to the advances of technology, the always impressionable war between rural urban spaces plus the fabulous and macabre for which we ve come to know and love the artist, such as bizarrely wise children and inane adults monkeys of course trains, cars, transportation self fulfilling prophecy the titular story is the main example of this death, missteps, punishment exchanged for ingrained ignorance as one character boldly puts it, an infatuation with secret infections, hidden deformities, assaults upon children 173 Sentences are overstuffed with a hidden meaning, there is absolutely no real key to unlock each mysterious element or eerie undertone.After the first story, the stories linger on insignificance much to long, but this is quickly forgiven as the last four stories A Circle of Fire, A Late Encounter with the Enemy, Good Country People my personal winner , and The Displaced Person in the book match, if not surpass, the first one, the very very good A Good Man the immigrant polemic of this country in the modern day is a prophetic way to end her collection, in tale 10.With these horrific and morbid morsels, it begins to dawn on us that no one else but the devil is in the details It is no wonder that O Connor is conversing with Faulkner in the Afterlife at this very moment Imagine, for a second, a fantasy collaboration between the two A screenplay WOW 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, craftsmanlike, worried, extremely well concieved, taut, brooding, polarizing, scary, and powerful.I literally didn t know one could write like this until I heard her do it I didn t know that the human mind would concieve of this until she did Not that it s simply freaky o no, that would be too easy it s just so carefully done and well proportioned in its flatness and its odd grace Masterpieces, pretty much to a story 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, grapp 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, grappling with a cruel word and crueler selves the continuous tensions between religiousness, morality and reality is played out in small, inconsequential dramas that affect nobody and nothing, but continues to fray the fabric of the world And in the end, each mini drama also raises many mega questions Was it the loneliness of spirit that caused this particular drama to play out as it did Can religion be blamed for the mistakes of humanity Was God only ever invented so that humanity could bask in a continuous god less loneliness, blaming abandonment over depravity for their ills Are we self exiled These are essentially comic tales mixing violence, religion and morality without any restraints where her characters face the ultimate questions of life and make the best choices they can, which are almost always tragically absurd in the eyes of the observer With the best intentions, they are allowed to knock at and break open the gates to Hell.My favorite is The River view spoiler of a neglected four year old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast flowing waters of the river hide spoiler This story is characteristic of O Connor s fiction it is simple and straight forward at first glance, though strangely, unaccountably powerful But this apparent simplicity is misleading, for it operates on many levels showcasing the power, absurdity, and danger of religion and also its hypnotic beauty and irresistible splendor.While the stories are deeply religious and derive their grotesqueness and tension from religion, a religious sensibility is in no way required for the reader to stand in awe of and grapple with the cold, godless and essentially lonely reality as presented to the protagonists The readers will instantly find themselves at home in this cruel, fantastically real world of O Connor It is only the world outside your window, and inside yourself