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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (A Harvest/Hbj Book) Kindle Edition
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This collection of stories, or commentaries, is also interesting because one isn't able to figure out the significance of the story until the very end. The ending of many of the stories is unexpected and even shocking. These are not "happily-ever-after" endings. The endings are very blunt and startling, yet they still leave the reader with a sense of closure. After I read the first couple of stories I realized how much my view of the story could change after reading the final paragraph or two. It made me very excited to get to the ending of each of the subsequent stories. The surprising endings usually helped to further eluminate O'Connor's view on the subject she was addressing. They were her final thoughts on the subject. They weren't words merely put down to effectively end a paragraph or story. They were words meant to cement an idea and leave a lasting impact in the reader's mind.
Additionally, the stories are very interesting when viewed in the context of the author's own life.Read more ›
Some may be put off with O'Connor's themes - man's inability to save himself from damnation with intellect or pride (the proselytizing got worse in her last collection, EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE) - but she crafts her stories with such humor and insight, the Catholicism is easy medicine to take. The best story in the collection? What a choice! My initial pick would have been "The Artificial Nigger," a Dantesque tale in which an old man learns the true meaning of grace and humility from his young grandson. Now I lean somewhat toward the book's longest story, "The Displaced Person." I've rarely come across a work in which theme and technique were integrated with such inevitability and power. In it a woman eschews anything that's not practical, including spirituality, and makes the great mistake of placing her faith in technology and her fellow man. And of course there's the title story, one of the funniest and scariest things you'll likely ever encounter.
Mix all this up with O'Connor's matchless ear for dialogue, and you have an American - no, a world - classic.
Once when one of O'Connor's mother's friends read one of Flannery's stories and was asked her opinion, the good woman replied tersely, "It just goes to show what some people will do." Indeed. And thank goodness she did it.
This compilation of short stories has many recurring themes. Some of them include the family, marraige, loyalty, religion, and grace. Marraige is portrayed very interestingly. In "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", Mr. Shiftlet simply marries the poor, deaf girl and then leaves her. Flannery O'Connor seems to have some sort of bitterness towards the male gender. Almost all of the men that she has in her stories have underlying and even misleading motives. The young man in "Good Country People" is a Bible salesman but uses his persona to dupe unsuspecting females and then take trophies of his conquests. The father in "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" is shown to be an impatient, grumpy father with little intimate interaction with anyone. The only males in the stories that do not have some major character flaw are the grandfather and grandson in "The Artificial Nigger."
I did enjoy some parts of these stories. All too often, they were depressing and morose. The murder of the D.P. is so evily undertaken. I do see her overall purpose for these stories. The religious themes always have something to do with the story. It was an interesting book to read.
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I didn't love most of the stories but they are all well written.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The ten short stories in this 1955 collection by Flannery O'Connor expose a grotesque underbelly of the Southern mystique that go far beyond their seemingly simple surface plots. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2002 by Linda Linguvic
Flannery O'Connor's classic short-story collection, featuring dark, pessimistic stories about Southern life, often with ironic twists at the end, really needs no introduction. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by S. Turlington
In A Good Man is Hard, to Find, Flannery O'Connor proves herself as the master of the short story. Through ten provocative, delightful, and at the same time disturbing stories,... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2001 by Drew
O'Conner writes these short stories in a time of her life where she is faced with lupus, and her stories often contain themes of judgments of society and salvation. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Amazon Customer
This collection of short stories by Flannery O'Connor reveal some reality in Southern life. Each of the short stories details an event or portion of a persons life, and how... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2001 by bonnie
This is not a story to read before trying to sleep, the images that O'Connor creates engage the mind hours after you have finished the last story. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2001
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