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Complete Stories Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor brings together the short stories of one of the unrivalled masters of the form, one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth century.
This is the complete collection of stories from one of the most original and powerful American writers of the twentieth-century. Including "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Everything That Rises Must Converge", this collection also contains several stories only available in this volume.See all Product description
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As I struggled through this extraordinary book, I must admit I was torn. On the one hand, you can't help but gasp in admiration at the wonderful style: straight to the point, uncluttered, unsentimental prose; observations of places and people so detailed, and rendered in such original but unpretentious ways that puts "beautiful" writers like Updike and Bellow to shame; sparse but immensely powerful characterizations. On the other hand, the overall feeling the stories induce is one of unrelenting gloom and misery, and after a while you can't take it anymore - you put the book away, and dread coming back to it because it will only bring more literary punishment.
Flannery, that young talented woman, picked, it seems, the worst of humankind as her subject. Sadism, including child-on-child cruelty; horrific murder, just for the sake of it; the killer effects of stupidity and cruelty combined; abuse and prejudice of all sorts; violence; racism so pervasive, you feel that not even the Apocalypse will dislodge it from people's hearts and minds; and, generally, all-around peril and the meaninglessness of life - this is the sad, sad vision this wonderful writer created. It's pure horror, albeit beautifully understated. Life really is like Hobbes described it ('solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short'), and the genius of Flannery perhaps was to show that life is made so not by living outside society, but by the very society we live in. She certainly did not let us avert our eyes!
The saddest thing is that everything rings true. The worst thing is that, seeing what's happening in our world today, we have no choice but to conclude that human beings are, now, as inhumane and stupid as they were in the time and place of Flannery O'Connor, in the Deep South of the 1930s and 1940s. People's capacity to do evil unto others has no sell-by date. So, it's an aesthetically pleasing but unhappy, deeply uncomfortable read.