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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; Reissue edition (Jan. 1 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374515360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374515362
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "emynarnon" on May 18 2004
Format: Paperback
Flannery O'Connor's The Complete Stories puts the reader in possession of a superb collection of all her short stories, including those published posthumously. Each story looks at humanity in grit and detail. With a passion for the absurd, O'Connor explores the condition of the South, sparing no character's flaw and yet making the reader sympathize and care for the people she creates. Like Faulkner, O'Connor seems to feel a sadness and passion for the South and its often crazy citizens. While many read "Good Country People" or "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" in high school, there are other stories less well-known that reward attention. "The River" and "Revelation" are two personal favorites. In "The River" looks at child neglect, baptism and death simultaneously. "Revelation," which was her last finished published work before she died ends on a hopeful note-the protagonist actually seems to have learned and changed at the end of the story- a rare thing in her work.
O'Connor has been a particularly influential writer among American authors, and her theories about short stories are regularly taught in the classroom. She was a great advocate for allowing the story to be the meaning, and not candy-coating for a moral. However, her concerns are woven into the fabric of each story, and the flaws in ourselves are revealed through her characters. While O'Connor is known the best for her short stories, she also wrote two novels and some literary criticism, which are not included in this volume, but are also well worth reading.
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Flannery O'Connor wrote great - not good, but great - short stories that couldn't have been written anywhere but in the U.S. This volume advertised itself as "a library edition." The true test will be whether, a few years from now, the pages are falling out. Most paperbacks fail that test. One could go digital, of course, but how does one lend a digital "volume" to a friend? However that may bee... this isn't a "fine volume," morocco leather stamped with gold or anything like that. It appears to be a serviceable book that will stand up to being read more than once, which is what I was after. So it gets the Gadfly stamp of approval. Though, as I say, the true test will be taken over time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2 2004
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You'd think that with the short story really being and "American" form, like Jazz and baseball, that more writers would come by it naturally---not so. And of these, the truly great ones are Southern. Welty comes to mind, as does McCrae and Faulkner. Capote and then, of course, O'Connor. Of all of these though, O'Connor is the reigning queen, for her stories are like no others in the canon. True, they're Gothic to the 'inth degree, and if you know anything about the poor woman's life, you'll understand why. She ended up raising peacocks on her mother's farm due to a long illness and even before that she wasn't the model of "normal." But all of that and more is what makes her a true Southerner---one of those wonderful characters that themselves could be IN their own short story collection. So many owe a debt to this woman--McCuller, McCrae, Capote. And yet so few have come up to her level. I just can't recommend these well-written stories enough.
Would also recommend the short stories of Eudora Welty, McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood--A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens" and the short stories of William Faulkner.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Wallace on Nov. 19 2004
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This is probably the most amazing collection of short stories I have ever read. O'Connor presents Southern people at their best and worst. Adding a hint of religion, O'Connor conveys the idea of salvation and how life affects those who do and do not have this. Each tale is crafted for maximum shock and emotional impact, but the effect is not cheap. O'Connor obviously dug deep to get some of this material and it shows. The only other collection of short stories I've read that had this much impact on me was Jackson McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER, which is not a book for or about children, but rather a group of stories dealing with great insight into the human condition. Excellent and highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duck on April 20 2011
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I bought this edition of Flannery O'Connor's "Complete" Stories because it is large and in decent-size type. But after reading it recently and being inspired to find out more about her, I realized that she wrote 31 stories, and only 10 of them are in this book. I don't know how the people who published this got away with it, but it seems to be almost a pirated edition. The publisher is only identified as Z. Elbey, with no address but a Gmail e-mail address! There are no page numbers (making things impossible to find), no table of contents, and there are so many typos in the book that some words are unintelligible.
Included here are only the following stories:
1. A Good Man Is Hard To Find
2. The River
3. The Life You Save May Be Your Own
4. A Stroke Of Good Fortune
5. A Temple of the Holy Ghost
6. The Artificial Nigger
7. A Circle In the Fire
8. A Late Encounter With the Emeny
9. Good Country People
10. The Displaced Person

Also included are her two short novels, Wise Blood, and The Violent Bear It Away. But BEWARE----this is NOT the "Complete Stories" and in my opinion is a ripoff.
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