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ISBN13: 9780156364652
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Flannery O'Connor's first short story collection, written in 1955, will knock you off your feet. Ruthless, penetrating, and loaded with subtext, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories was brave for its time and feels just as consequential today. Writing in the Southern Gothic tradition in a style wholly her own, O'Connor creates characters that are misguided, stunted curiosities, but she manages to capture what's human in even the most despicable of people — which makes their doomed trajectories feel all the more tragic. And despite the disturbing events that unfold, the stories are a pleasure to read — they're infused with suspense, dark humor, and some of the most evocative imagery you'll encounter in literature. All this makes for a collection that never ceases to amaze — and begs to be reread.
Recommended by Renee P., Powells.com

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ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O'Connor's unique, grotesque view of life — infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

With these classic stories — including "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," "Good Country People," "The Displaced Person," and seven other acclaimed tales — O'Connor earned a permanent place in the hearts of American readers.

Review:

"O'Connor's works, like Maupassant's, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription....In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. O'Connor's characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer." Robert Lowell, author of Life Studies

Synopsis:

The collection that established O'Connor's reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive "The Misfit," as well as "The Displaced Person" and eight other stories.

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post-World War II authors — a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Her work — novels, short stories, letters, and criticism — received a number of awards, including the National Book Award.

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HisGrrlSaturday, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by HisGrrlSaturday)
Flannery O'Connor didn't mess around. She wasn't afraid to take you gently by the hand and lead you slowly into darkness, then leave you there on your own to work out the complexities of the human existence.
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mjensen38, August 8, 2014 (view all comments by mjensen38)
I wholeheartedly agree with the inclusion of this book in the list of 25 must-read books. Dark, dark humor and matter-of-fact horror on every page. Flannery O'Connor is my go-to author when nothing else sounds good to read. I highly recommend reading her collected letters for some real insight into her life.
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Marilyn Stachenfeld, July 29, 2008 (view all comments by Marilyn Stachenfeld)
Flannery O'Connor writes like no one else. Until I read a collection of her letters and got some understanding of her judgment of her characters--she judges them on a scale of spiritual honesty--I was puzzled by her writing. Now I am just thrilled by the mind that could create such unconventional (mostly Southern) people and put them through so many spins of the wheel. I can't put down any one of her stories in the middle.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156364652
Author:
O'Connor, Flannery
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
San Diego, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Southern States Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Southern States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
Edition Description:
Harvest/HBJ
Series:
Harvest/HBJ Book
Series Volume:
46
Publication Date:
September 1977
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.56 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 276 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156364652 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Flannery O'Connor's first short story collection, written in 1955, will knock you off your feet. Ruthless, penetrating, and loaded with subtext, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories was brave for its time and feels just as consequential today. Writing in the Southern Gothic tradition in a style wholly her own, O'Connor creates characters that are misguided, stunted curiosities, but she manages to capture what's human in even the most despicable of people — which makes their doomed trajectories feel all the more tragic. And despite the disturbing events that unfold, the stories are a pleasure to read — they're infused with suspense, dark humor, and some of the most evocative imagery you'll encounter in literature. All this makes for a collection that never ceases to amaze — and begs to be reread.

"Review" by , "O'Connor's works, like Maupassant's, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription....In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary."
"Review" by , "Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. O'Connor's characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer."
"Synopsis" by , The collection that established O'Connor's reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive "The Misfit," as well as "The Displaced Person" and eight other stories.
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