A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

by Flannery O'Connor
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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

In 1955, with this short story collection, Flannery O'Connor firmly laid claim to her place as one of the most original and provocative writers of her generation. Steeped in a Southern Gothic tradition that would become synonymous with her name, these stories show O'Connor's unique, grotesque view of life—infused with religious symbolism, haunted by apocalyptic possibility, sustained by the tragic comedy of human behavior, confronted by the necessity of salvation.

With these classic stories—including "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," "Good Country People," "The Displaced Person," and seven other acclaimed tales—O'Connor earned a permanent place in the hearts of American readers.

"Much savagery, compassion, farce, art, and truth have gone into these stories. O'Connor's characters are wholeheartedly horrible, and almost better than life. I find it hard to think of a funnier or more frightening writer."—Robert Lowell

"In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer who orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary."—The New York Times Book Review

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post-World War II authors—a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Her work—novels, short stories, letters, and criticism—received a number of awards, including the National Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156364652
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/28/1977
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 57,073
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was born in Savannah, Georgia. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa, but lived most of her life in the South, where she became an anomaly among post–World War II authors—a Roman Catholic woman whose stated purpose was to reveal the mystery of God's grace in everyday life. Her work—novels, short stories, letters, and criticism—received a number of awards, including the National Book Award.

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this story for class ,I didn't expect to enjoy it it started off kind off slow , as the story went on i got this kind of anticipation for the end ,even though I didn't expect the ending wich was great . The story was very detailed and a lot of foreshdowing all through the story that I didn't realize till i read it for the second time .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a sample of this book (the title story) on my Nook before purchasing and it was very well written so I thought I would give it a try. I heard about this author on the New Yorker Fiction podcast and they compared her writing to Shirley Jackson's. If you have read Shirley Jackson, then you know exactly what to expect from this book. O'Connor is shockingly brutal in her stories. The moral implications are very plain to see, but sometimes hard to decipher without consulting some sort of critical analysis of the story. I was impressed by the skill of this author, but the stories were so brutal and depressing (without humor, I might add) that I didn't see the fun in reading any of these stories. It wasn't enjoyable for me, but maybe for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O'Connor is a masterful shortstory writer. The title story and "A Late Encounter with the Enemy" are the best of the group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flannery O'Connor was the master of mixing the absurd with the mundane in the murky underbelly of humanity at its own base level. Her characters are always left striving to meet God at least at near half-way point of reason. Read this one, and I dare you to turn the last page without immediately starting in on page one again to pick out the small unnoticed morsels you may have missed the first time! Exceptional!
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Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample of the book "A good man is hard to find " and really liked it a lot, so I bought it. After reading all the story I was disappointed in the turn of events. It was very depressing. At first when I read the sample, I was so pleased, and thought it was such a good realistic story of a family. Then reading the other stories in the book, I was even more disappointed, they were really sort of stupid. Now I wish I had not spent my money on the book and wish I had my money back. Really !
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