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Flannery O'Connor Paperback – May, 1985

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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company (May 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804464642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804464642
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,821,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McFarland discusses Flannery O'Connor's artistic concern with "how the realm of the Holy interpenetrates this world and affects it." Comments that her use of the grotesque serves as "an offshoot of the fictional form that Hawthorne designated as 'romance' to distinguish it from the traditional novel." Remarks that O'Connor's use evokes "a world empty of meaning" and expresses "the incommensurability between the divine and the human."

Discusses the style, techniques, themes, characters, and mystery found in O'Connor's stories in A Good Man Is Hard to Find. Offers an explication of the title story which focuses on how she reveals "the hollowness of the protagonist's conventional understanding of order, of destroying the conventional order," and how she suggests "the existence of a profound but appallingly demanding order beneath it." Offers less detailed analyses of the other stories in the collection.

Sees the stories in O'Connor's second collection, Everything That Rises Must Converge, as reflecting her interest in Teilhard de Chardin's hypothesis that "evolution, far from stopping with the emergence of homo sapiens, continues to progress toward higher levels of consciousness." Notes that her characters in these stories "typically resist this kind of rising and the spiritual convergence with others that accompanies it."

Finds that while her novel, Wise Blood, is "strong and strikingly original," it is also a bizarre novel with a "starkness of style and flatness of characterization" that prevent it from being easily accessible. Outlines the novel's plot and discusses how "despite his protestations of disbelief in Jesus, Haze is nevertheless obsessed with him.
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