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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Author:Flannery O'Connor Flannery O'Connor was a true Southern original. The grotesque and the ordinary intrigued her; the absurd delighted her. She saw revelation and apocalypse everywhere. Time magazine described her work as "highly unladylike...[with] a brutal irony, a slam-bam humor, and a style of writing as balefully direct as a death sen... more »tence." All those qualities are on full display in these unforgettable tales of the rural South.
In the title story, a grandmother unwittingly leads her family to an encounter with the notorious, murderous Misfit; in "Good Country People," a young woman's wooden leg is stolen by the Bible salesman she is trying to seduce; and in "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," 104-year-old General Sash faces life's ultimate test at his granddaughter's graduation.
"A story really isn't any good," Flannery O'Connor wrote, "unless it successfully resists paraphrase, until it hangs on and expands in the mind." Each of the ten stories in A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories does just that. Together, they probe the sinew of the American soul and, at the same time, compile a horrific yet deeply comic anatomy of the human condition.« less
Flannery O'Connor at her best - the twisted short story. I had read a few of these in high school and they always stuck with me. Re-reading them some ten years later I'm struck at the timelessness desperation of the characters. O'Connor was a master at capturing the twists of human nature, and this is one of those collections that more people should read.