The Violent Bear It Away Paperback – 12 Jun 2007
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"I am sure her books will live on and on in American Literature" --Elizabeth Bishop
"There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O'Connor at her best." --Alan Pryce-Jones, "New York Herald Tribune"
I am sure her books will live on and on in American Literature "Elizabeth Bishop"
There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O'Connor at her best. "Alan Pryce-Jones, New York Herald Tribune""
About the Author
Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. O'Connor wrote two novels, "Wise Blood" (1952) and "The Violent Bear It Away" (1960), and two story collections, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (1955) and "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (1964). Her "Complete Stories," published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest's 60-year history. Her essays were published in "Mystery and Manners" (1969) and her letters in "The Habit of Being" (1979). In 1988 the Library of America published her "Collected Works"; she was the first postwar writer to be so honored. O'Connor was educated at the Georgia State College for Women, studied writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and wrote much of "Wise Blood" at the Yaddo artists' colony in upstate New York. A devout Catholic, she lived most of her life on a farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she raised peacocks and wrote.
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This novel's title is taken from Matthew 11:12: "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away." The characters here certainly suffer violence, and whether they'll bear the kingdom of heaven away, at least in their own lives, provides this story's suspense. Rayber has a retarded son, ironically named Bishop, whom Mason tried to baptise when he was born. He failed, and since passed the duty on to Francis, who struggles against Mason's programming.
Though Mason is unstable, controlling and a bit stupid, there's no doubt that O'Connor prefers his way of life to Rayber's. Rayber is uptight and repressed. To him everything is or should be a matter of logic. He can't allow himself to truly love Bishop because that love would be mysterious, based on a connection between parent and child which transcends logic. Bishop is a retard, and so can't be trained to share his father's coldly logical view of life. Why should Rayber love him? In a way he views Francis as another shot at parenthood.Read more ›