A Good Man is Hard to Find

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A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor Summary

These ten classic stories are masterful depictions of the underside of life, deep in the American South. On receiving an early copy, Evelyn Waugh remarked 'If these stories are in fact the work of a young lady, they are indeed remarkable. 'She's horrifyingly funny . . . It's that cool, removed style combined with very black stories.' Donna Tartt 'No one has written better about the reality of evil. Few have written as well, with such sharp-edged compassion, about the weaknesses and follies of humanity, about the operation of grace in our lives and about the necessity of humility. Her stories - her intelligence and passion - can restore reason to minds unhinged by our fame-obsessed, technology-obsessed culture.' Dean Koontz, New York Times

Flannery O'Connor

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Flannery O'Connor by Harold Bloom Summary

Presents a brief biography of Flannery O'Connor, thematic and structural analysis of her works, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.

The Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon

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The Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon by Christine Flanagan Summary

"This girl is a real novelist," wrote Caroline Gordon about Flannery O'Connor upon being asked to review a manuscript of O'Connor's first novel, Wise Blood. "She is already a rare phenomenon: a Catholic novelist with a real dramatic sense, one who relies more on her technique than her piety." This collection of letters and other documents offers the most complete portrait of the relationship between two of the American South's most acclaimed twentieth-century writers: Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon. Gordon (1895-1981) had herself been a protégée of an important novelist, Ford Madox Ford, before publishing nine novels and three short story collections of her own, most notably, The Forest of the South and Old Red and Other Stories, and she would offer insights and friendship to O'Connor during almost all of O'Connor's career. As revealed in this collection of correspondence, Gordon's thirteen-year friendship with O'Connor (1925-64) and the critiques of O'Connor's fiction that she wrote during this time not only fostered each writer's career but occasioned a remarkable series of letters full of insights about the craft of writing. Gordon, a more established writer at the start of their correspondence, acted as a mentor to the younger O'Connor and their letters reveal Gordon's strong hand in shaping some of O'Connor's most acclaimed work, including Wise Blood, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," and "The Displaced Person."

Fugues

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Fugues by Lauren GROFF Summary

À travers ces neuf histoires résonne chaque fois l'écho d'un drame survenu dans la vie d'une femme du XX e siècle. Ces personnages féminins se répondent, se ressemblent ou s'opposent, et forment un chœur d'une rare puissance, emmené par une plume lumineuse qui porte les cœurs en écharpe et les âmes en étendards. Dans l'ombre de ses héroïnes, la conteuse veille à nous prendre aupiège, au hasard des époques et des lieux, de la petite ville pas sitranquille de Templeton au huis clos angoissant d'une ferme françaisesous l'Occupation. Et l'on traverse ce livre comme on explore unemaison inconnue, où chaque pièce recèle un nouveau mystère, chaquehistoire une autre demeure. Quelques pages déroulent parfois unevie entière, retraçant les occasions manquées, les regrets des vieuxjours que les flammes anciennes ne réchauffent plus ; des enfancespassent sous la plume, les rêves d'une fillette qui voulait devenirmajorette, les complexes d'une lycéenne trop ronde ; ou juste unépisode, une amitié vampirisante, un accident, l'être aimé qu'on n'apas pu sauver, une inconnue traversant d'autres vies sans qu'onsaisisse son mystère. Creuset d'inventions et de trouvailles, ces Fugues sont une symphonie, un chœur d'une rare puissance.

Collected Works

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Collected Works by Flannery O'Connor,Jonathan Swift,Library of America (Firm),Sally Fitzgerald Summary

This collection includes all the short stories, both novels, the essays, and sellected letters of one of the most unique and important writers in the southern tradition

The Critical Response to Flannery O'Connor

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The Critical Response to Flannery O'Connor by Douglas Robillard Summary

With an emphasis on examining Flannery O'Connor's literary reputation during her lifetime, and the growth of that reputation after her death, this collection brings together 50 years of critical reactions to her work.

Mary Flannery O'Connor "A Good Man Is Hard To Find"

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Mary Flannery O'Connor "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" by Silke-Katrin Kunze Summary

Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2- (B-), Dresden Technical University (Institute for Anglistics/American Studies), course: Proseminar: 20th Century American Short Stories, 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Mary Flannery O’Connor’s „A Good Man Is Hard To Find“ is a shocking 20th-century-American-short-story and put under close inspection. The inspection starts with the writer herself and is followed by general facts of the short story. What is the story about and what can be concluded from it are aspects considered here. What about the point-of-view shift and the ending? Two more questions treated and finally followed by the bibliography.

Flannery O'Connor

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Flannery O'Connor by Sarah Gordon Summary

Disturbing, ironic, haunting, brutal. What inner struggles led Flannery O’Connor to create fiction that elicits such labels? Much of the tension that drives O’Connor’s writing, says Sarah Gordon, stems from the natural resistance of her imagination to the obedience expected by her male-centered church, society, and literary background. Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination shows us a writer whose world was steeped in male presumption regarding women and creativity. The book is filled with fresh perspectives on O’Connor’s Catholicism; her upbringing as a dutiful, upper-class southern daughter; her readings of Thurber, Poe, Eliot, and other arguably misogynistic authors; and her schooling in the New Criticism. As Gordon leads us through a world premised on expectations at odds with O’Connor’s strong and original imagination, she ranges across all of O’Connor’s fiction and many of her letters and essays. While acknowledging O’Connor’s singular situation, Gordon also gleans insights from the lives and works of other southern writers, Eudora Welty, Caroline Gordon, and Margaret Mitchell among them. Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination draws on Sarah Gordon’s thirty years of reading, teaching, and discussing one of our most complex and influential authors. It takes us closer than we have ever been to the creative struggles behind such literary masterpieces as Wise Blood and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

The Complete Stories

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Winner of the National Book Award The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only two story collections O'Connor put together in her short lifetime--Everything That Rises Must Converge and A Good Man Is Hard to Find. O'Connor published her first story, "The Geranium," in 1946, while she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa. Arranged chronologically, this collection shows that her last story, "Judgement Day"--sent to her publisher shortly before her death—is a brilliantly rewritten and transfigured version of "The Geranium." Taken together, these stories reveal a lively, penetrating talent that has given us some of the most powerful and disturbing fiction of the twentieth century. Also included is an introduction by O'Connor's longtime editor and friend, Robert Giroux.

Un poisson sur la lune

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Un poisson sur la lune by David Vann Summary

“Les gens seraient-ils en réalité tous au bord du suicide, toute leur vie, obligés de survivre à chaque journée en jouant aux cartes et en regardant la télé et en mangeant, tant de routines prévues pour éviter ces instants de face à face avec un soi-même qui n’existe pas ?” Tel est l’état d’esprit de James Vann lorsqu’il retrouve sa famille en Californie – ses parents, son frère cadet, son ex-femme et ses enfants. Tous s’inquiètent pour lui et veulent l’empêcher de commettre l’irréparable. Car James voyage avec son Magnum, bien décidé à passer à l’acte. Tour à tour, chacun essaie de le ramener à la raison, révélant en partie ses propres angoisses et faiblesses. Mais c’est James qui devra seul prendre la décision, guidé par des émotions terriblement humaines face au poids du passé, à la cruauté du présent et à l’incertitude de l’avenir.

The Habit of Being

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award "I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters . . . There she stands, a phoenix risen from her own words: calm, slow, funny, courteous, both modest and very sure of herself, intense, sharply penetrating, devout but never pietistic, downright, occasionally fierce, and honest in a way that restores honor to the word."—Sally Fitzgerald, from the Introduction

Everything That Rises Must Converge

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Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor Summary

Flannery O'Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.

The Terrible Speed of Mercy

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The Terrible Speed of Mercy by Jonathan Rogers Summary

Flannery O'Connor's fiction is a reminder that the rural South is as good a place as any for transcendence to break through and reveal itself to the human gaze. The story of Flannery O'Connor's life is the story of her inner life more than her outer life. In a letter to a friend she wrote, "My audience are the people who think God is dead. At least these are the people I am conscious of writing for." And writing for such a people required that she find a whole new language, a language she had to make up as she went along, drawing startling and large figures to get the attention of the almost blind, shouting in the ear of the almost deaf. Her famous short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find was once called "profane, blasphemous, and outrageous," but for O'Connor, the real horror was never violence or deformity, but damnation. Horror that awakens a soul to its own danger and prepares it to receive grace is no horror, but a mercy. "The devil," she wrote, "accomplishes a good deal of groundwork that seems to be necessary before grace is effective." InThe Terrible Speed of MercyJonathan Rogers chronicles how a conventional, devout middle-class lady from a dairy farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, came to write stories that were like literary thunderstorms, turning on sudden violence and flashes of revelation that crashed down from the heavens, destroying even as they illuminated.

Point cardinal

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Point cardinal by Léonor de Récondo Summary

Sur le parking d’un supermarché, dans une petite ville de province, une femme se démaquille. Enlever sa perruque, sa robe de soie, rouler ses bas sur ses chevilles : ses gestes ressemblent à un arrachement. Bientôt, celle qui, à peine une heure auparavant, dansait à corps perdu sera devenue méconnaissable. Laurent, en tenue de sport, a remis de l’ordre dans sa voiture. Il s’apprête à rejoindre femme et enfants pour le dîner. Avec Solange, rencontrée au lycée, la complicité a été immédiate. Laurent s’est longtemps abandonné à leur bonheur calme. Sa vie bascule quand, à la faveur de trois jours solitaires, il se travestit pour la première fois dans le foyer qu’ils ont bâti ensemble. À son retour, Solange trouve un cheveu blond... Léonor de Récondo va alors suivre ses personnages sur le chemin d’une transformation radicale. Car la découverte de Solange conforte Laurent dans sa certitude : il est une femme. Reste à convaincre ceux qu’il aime de l’accepter. La détermination de Laurent, le désarroi de Solange, les réactions contrastées des enfants – Claire a treize ans, Thomas seize –, l’incrédulité des collègues de travail : l’écrivain accompagne au plus près de leurs émotions ceux dont la vie est bouleversée. Avec des phrases limpides et d’une poignante justesse, elle trace le difficile parcours d’un être dont toute l’énergie est tendue vers la lumière. Par-delà le sujet singulier du changement de sexe, Léonor de Récondo écrit un grand roman sur le courage d’être soi.

Le Loup des Mers

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Le Loup des Mers by Jack London Summary

À la suite d'un naufrage, l'auteur est repêché par une goélette armée pour la chasse aux phoques, où sévit un capitaine cynique, d'une brutalité sauvage. Il restera «indomptable et sceptique jusqu'au bout», semant la terreur dans son équipage et son entourage. Récit d'un combat, philosophique et psychologique, entre la vie et la mort.

Le Mouchard

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Le Mouchard by Liam O'FLAHERTY Summary

Couronné par le très prestigieux James Tait Black Memorial Prize, paru pour la première fois en 1925 et adapté au cinéma par John Ford dix ans plus tard, un roman noir incontournable par une figure de proue de la " renaissance littéraire irlandaise ". Il gravit les marches l'une après l'autre, d'un pas régulier, en faisant craquer bruyamment l'escalier. D'un coup de pied il ouvrit la porte, sans retirer les mains de ses poches. Dans le vestibule, il se trouva nez à nez avec un policier coiffé d'un casque de nuit noir, en forme de cône. L'homme retirait ses gants. Gypo s'arrêta et le regarda droit dans les yeux. " Je viens réclamer la prime de vingt livres offerte par le Syndicat des fermiers pour des renseignements concernant le nommé Francis-Joseph Mac Phillip ", dit-il d'une voix basse et profonde. Dans le Dublin des années 1920 toujours traumatisé par une succession de conflits, l'errance hystérique d'un homme dévoré par la culpabilité, l'alcool et le mensonge qui, en vingt-quatre heures, vit une terrible descente aux enfers.

Les Temps perdus

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Les Temps perdus by Juan Pablo Villalobos Summary

Après Dans le terrier du lapin blanc et Si nous vivions dans un endroit normal, voici le dernier volet d’une trilogie féroce sur le Mexique contemporain, analysé ici à travers un vieillard déjanté, alcoolique et salace qui résout ses problèmes domestiques à l'aide des Théories esthétiques d’Adorno.

Les langages de l'amour

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Critical Companion to Flannery O'Connor

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Critical Companion to Flannery O'Connor by Connie Ann Kirk Summary

Examines the life and writings of Flannery O'Connor, including detailed synopses of her works, explanations of literary terms, biographies of friends and family, and social and historical influences.