The Violent Bear It Away

The Violent Bear It Away

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by Flannery O'Connor
     
 

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First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle—that Tarwater will become a

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First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle—that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writer acutely alert to where the sacred lives and where it does not.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Bishop
I am sure her books will live on and on in American Literature
New York Herald Tribune Alan Pryce-Jones
There is very little contemporary fiction which touches the level of Flannery O'Connor at her best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441756961
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
7
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.66(d)

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