Wise Blood: A Novel

Wise Blood: A Novel

by Flannery O'Connor

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ISBN-13: 9780374530631
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: FSG Classics
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 62,317
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)

About the Author

Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was one of America’s most gifted writers. She wrote two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge. 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 and her letters in The Habit of Being.

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Wise Blood 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for school and it was hard but it really is a great book. The way she writes is completley different from the structure you are use to seeing in a novel and she wants to make you uncomfortable to draw in your attention. For anyone who has the patience to really get a reward out of what they read, I recomend this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a brilliant piece written by an extremely gifted lady who passed through this life far too soon.i have seen a movie approx. 20 years ago on showtime about this book.it was truly a classic as well.she was able to capture the rural south in her work.
bongo11 More than 1 year ago
O'Connor puts up a dark view of life, and she did not even have the experience of dealing with a recalcitrant and fraudulent Barnes and Noble. It took less time to read this carefully honed novel than to get it delivered. The writing is tight and you want to believe every word counts. But don't bet on it, as the insights into the minds of the deranged are realistic: lots of what a crazy person says doesn't amount to anything, but hands over a compelling nutcracker for your own mind. A great book, not for entertainment but for cracking open new channels in your own mind. Wonderful use of language, simply crafted.
bluelu More than 1 year ago
if you are like me & always looking for interesting but great writers, do yourself a favor & get this one. i don't like regular stories where the end is going to work out fine & i enjoy the psychogical whirrings of people's mind a bit off the beaten path. if this sounds like what you like get this. she's a great writer and i couldn't put it down. i alread ordered another of O'Connor's books. i'd rather review it like this, as you can read from anywhere what it's about. enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has always been a favorite book of mine. Growing up in the South - this is a must-have for the shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flannery O'Connor's style of writing is very precise and purposeful. This is not a book for easy pleasure reading or uplifting encouragement. It is, however, beautiful with its hidden truths and extremely metaphorical. Her fictional world of gorilla suits, lying preachers, and a Church Without Christ accurately reflects the modern religious world. O'Connor's perception is grotesquely eerie and stimulating in its challenge: what constitutes faith. Religion in this novel is either associated with immorality or meeting "needs in Life" - which is so true today and also portrayed in Stephen Crane's beliefs of selling patterns of God to others. Highly recommended to those interested in a slightly different, perhaps even cynical, perspective of religion - does not matter whether you are Christian, Catholic, anything, as her convictions are universally applicable in its strangeness. Warning: may seem extremely strange and despairing, but in actuality ends with inward justification and satisfaction. Definitely a classic and a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read it for school and it took me a month to take each word in. The way she writes is grotesque and something that I would not want to read again. It was ok, but the language and spiritual context made me quite uneasy.
the_terrible_trivium on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I find that it goes a bit pear-shaped by the end, but the first half is as gripping and profoundly ODD as anything I've ever read. Really, bits and pieces of this novel are permanently ingrained in my consciousness, never matter its flaws.
shawjonathan on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Wise Blood. It reads to me as if it was written in a trance -- as if some twisted angel had dictated it and the young Ms O'Connor just wrote it down, trusting it would amount to something. Most of its characters are all 'a little bit off their heads' and a big bit off the rails. Hazel Motes, played by Brad Dourif in the John Huston movie which I plan to watch again on DVD soon, is in obsessive revolt against the punitive and repressive Christianity of his childhood, and burns with an evangelical imperative to preach a Church without Christ (I would have said cacangelical but the word doesn't seem to exist). I remember reading a review of the movie that compared Hazel to the Monty Python character who was trying to train ravens to fly underwater. That comparison captures the bleak comedy of the book, but leaves out the appalling sense of waste and, in the end, awe that Hazel inspires. Flannery O'Connor was a Catholic living in the southern US. The characters in this book are all Protestant. Maybe they she's observing them from the other side of a sectarian fence and seeing them as wildly deluded, but the pervasive sense of intractable mystery, of not-knowing, and the lack of overt authorial commentary, makes a sectarian reading seem very wide of the mark. I finished the last page with a sense that I'd ben taken somewhere dark, weird and scarily believable.
Humbert_Humbert on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Southern fiction at its finest. Tearing apart all the views of what it really means to be faithful O'Connor weaves a tale that makes you think twice about what you believe yourself.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing 30 days ago
This is engaging and quick, however unbelievable. If you're a fan of novellas or of Flannery O'Connor, I'd recommend it, but look more for meaning and entertainment than reality, which to some extent hindered the experience for me. It's engaging, but it left me wanting more and feeling very little.
NativeRoses on LibraryThing 30 days ago
From Wise Blood:Does one's integrity ever lie in what he is not able to do? I think that usually it does, for free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man, Freedom cannot be conceived simply. Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, the only child of a Catholic family. The region was part of what she called the 'Christ-haunted' Bible belt of the Southern States. (She described her the spiritual heritage of the region and how it shaped her writing profoundly in the essay "The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South" (1969).
chichyJakMysz on LibraryThing 30 days ago
An odd story, slowly paced, kind of hard to understand the motives of the characters. But I liked its eccentricity. Her first novel if I'm not mistaken!
camilledimaio More than 1 year ago
When I read a novel, I like to be entertained. If I learn something in the process, that's all the better. It's why historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I do not like to read to become depressed, nor to become confused. "Wise Blood" did both of these for me. I would have rated it one star, but the author's excellent command of setting and description bumped it up on star. However, the plot was choppy and all over the place, had almost no fluidity, and gave me absolutely no regard or care about the characters. There were additionally some bizarre and seemingly random moments - Shaking hands with a man in a gorilla suit. Stealing a shrunken man. A cop purposely kicking a man's car over a cliff. Characters just disappeared from the storyline with no resolution to their particular plot thread. Ugh. Perhaps it's just the genre, which was described as Southern Gothic, and maybe it's just my realization that it's not the genre for me. But, for those who gave it four or five stars, I submit that maybe you have a depth of understanding such prose that I don't have. If you loved it, I'm happy for you. I didn't.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this novel for class, because the idea of a Church Without Christ struck my fancy. O'Connor's grotesque style was quite humorous and sadly, truthful of the American South. A terrific novel about how the quest for freedom from religion/conscience becomes a study in the futility of self-will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It wasn't that great, but I really loved the characters because they were so different.
Jarpy More than 1 year ago
I keep reading that Flannery O'Connor is one of the best writers of her time. Must have been given that honor based on some other book. I never met such an unlikeable cast of characters. Yes, they were well portrayed, and created a definite image in my mind, but I still wanted to kick all their butts. I kept waiting for them to do something useful and interesting, but they just wandered around this low-life town annoying one another. But if you like Andy Warhol and the kind of paintings where most people scratch their heads and say "what's it supposed to be?", this book is for you.