The Violent Bear it Away Author:Flannery O'Connor First published in 1955, "The Violent Bear it Away" is now a landmark piece of literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Connor's work. — In it, the orphaned Francis Tarwater and his cousin, the schoolteacher Rayner, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle tha... more »t Tarwater will become a prophet and baptize Rayner's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayner tries to draw Tartwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relative and lay claim to Bishop's soul.
O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writer acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.« less