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A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories

O'Connor, Flannery (Book - 1992)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Other Stories
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The collection that established O'Connor's reputation as one of the american masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as "The Displaced Person" and eight other stories.
Authors: O'Connor, Flannery
Title: A good man is hard to find, and other stories
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1992]
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 21 cm
Contents: A good man is hard to find
The river
The life you save may be your own
A stroke of good fortune
A temple of the Holy Ghost
The artificial nigger
A circle in the fire
A late encounter with the enemy
Good country people
The displaced person
Awards & Distinctions: Newsweeks' "What to Read Now" list
Classics-American Literature
ISBN: 0151365040
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Statement of Responsibility: Flannery O'Connor
Subject Headings: Southern States Social life and customs Fiction
LCCN: 91045385
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Mar 31, 2012
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was the kind of thing that was happening every day in Europe where they had not advanced as in this country, and watching from her vantage point, Mrs. Shortley had the sudden intuition that the Gobblehooks, like rats with typhoid fleas, could have carried all those murderous ways over the water with them directly to this place. If they had come from where that kind of thing was done to them, who was to say they were not the kind that would also do it to others? The width and breadth of this question nearly shook her. Her stomach trembled as if there had been a slight quake in the heart of the mountain and automatically she moved down from her elevation and went forward to be introduced to them, as if she meant to find out at once what they were capable of.

Mar 31, 2012
  • ndp21f rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

She would have to be a saint because that was the occupation that included everything you could know; and yet she knew she would never be a saint. She did not steal or murder but she was a born liar and slothful and she sassed her mother and was deliberately ugly to almost everybody. She was eaten up also with the sin of Pride, the worst one. She made fun of the Baptist preacher who came to the school at commencement to give the devotional. She would pull down her mouth and hold her forehead as if she were in agony and groan, "Fawther, we thank Thee," exactly the way he did and she had been told many times not to do it She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.

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