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Still just too much for me
on November 3, 2015
I just love the letters of Flannery O'Connor, collected into the volume called "Habit of Being." It was on the strength of that that I dove back into her stories, which I had read in college. But I'm apparently in the minority -- I just can't reconcile O'Connor's profound depth as a person with the utterly miserable "grotesques" she presents to us in her fiction. It's just impossible to feel anything but disgust and pity for the stunted and miserable human beings she holds up for our consideration. And then there is the problem of the rampant and sometimes revolting amount of racism depicted. I'm not addicted to political correctness, but I still found it difficult to read past some of the foul bigotry.
No doubt my little review will annoy her fans, but I beg their indulgence. I'm just trying to write the review I would say in person to a friend of mine who asked. Love Flannery O'Connor as a person, can't recommend "Habit of Being" highly enough ... but I would advise anyone who wants to pick up this anthology to proceed with caution.