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The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
Author: Flannery O'Connor
A complete collection of Flannery O'Connor's stories. They explore the social and personal tensions of the American South - between youth and age, gentility and poverty, enlightment and bigotry. — Contents: — The Geranium -- The Barber -- Wildcat -- The Crop -- The Turkey -- The Train -- The Peeler -- The Heart of the Park -- A Stroke of Good Fort...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780571143801
ISBN-10: 0571143806
Publication Date: 10/16/2000
Pages: 576
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Publisher: Faber and Faber Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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After reading The Complete Stories, I am now thoroughly convinced that Flannery O'Connor is indeed one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. I loved every single story I read mostly for the hypocrisy, ridiculousness, and self-delusion of the characters. It gives me a sort of guilty pleasure to hear the characters say something that we know is completely untrue.

O'Connor uses the impressive technique of what I like to call "distant narration": the narrator holds the characters at a distance through syntax, resulting in a schism between what the character knows and what the reader knows, and the reader ends up knowing more about the characters and their situations than the characters do themselves. It's because of this technique that I believe we are able to so easily read about such blatant situations of racial and class prejudice: we know the characters are insipid and thus don't take them and their backwards beliefs too seriously.


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