Sunday, March 10, 2013

Southern Fried Stories

Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, is filled with great story titles, memorable one-liners, macabre moments, and scenarios bordering on the absurd and outrageous.  Her work is very original, and her talent is evident.  O'Connor lived to be only 39 years old, and in that time she published a total of 32 short stories.  The stories in this collection are set in the rural South, and are considered to part of the Southern Gothic style.  My favorites were, "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," which focuses on a grandfather attending his granddaughter's graduation, "Good Country People,"which tells of the brief affair between a Bible salesman and a wooden-legged well educated woman, and of course the infamous title story in which a family outing quickly becomes a murderous tale, where even grandma isn't spared.  In "Good Country People," I really liked these two lines:

"Well, young man, I don't want to buy a Bible and I smell my dinner burning." 
"True genius can get an idea across even to an inferior mind."  

All in all, this is a rather zany collection of unique stories.

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