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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flannery O’Connor Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.

 Stories include:
“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”

This is the collection that established Flannery O’Connor’s reputation as a one of the American masters of the short story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Connor’s works, like Maupassant’s, are characterized by precision, density, and an almost alarming circumscription…In these stories the rural South is, for the first time, viewed by a writer whose orthodoxy matches her talent. The results are revolutionary.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “I am sure her books will live on and on in American literature.”

    Elizabeth Bishop, Pulitzer Prize winner and poet laureate of the United States, 1949–1950

  • “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, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet

  • “With a keen eye for the dark side of human nature, an amazing ear for dialogue, and a necessary sense of irony, Flannery O’Connor exposes the underside of life in the rural south of the United States.”

    Holly Smith, 500 Great Books by Women

  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find features some of Flannery O’Connor’s best short stories. Often associated with the term Southern gothic, O’Connor, a consummate master of the short story form, condenses character and meaning into gems of distinctive language. Narrator Marguerite Gavin flawlessly reproduces the dialogue of O’Connor’s American grotesques…Gavin gives each of these characters an authentic voice, not only by reproducing their speech accurately but also by conveying the complexity of seemingly straightforward characters caught in the tangled web of their own motivations.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cayleigh | 1/30/2014

    " I had to read this for a Literary Criticism and Theory course, and skimming it a few times, it didn't seem like there was anything too great about the short story. Only after I took a New Criticism view on it did the text fully come alive. I wrote primarily on the roles of Pitty-Sing (the cat) and The Misfit (murderer), two characters that when looked at in context with each other become a circle that explains the story quite well. The grandmother is also mentioned, but she is only a pawn in the "circle of life" as I called it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Geoff | 1/30/2014

    " Be careful which edition you buy, I wasn't and bought the wrong one. Expected it to be the collection of short stories bearing the same title. It wasn't, so only got the one tale surrounded by literary criticism. The story itself is very good, but definitely short and not enough to give me a full flavour. Will still have to check the collection though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teresa | 1/30/2014

    " A stunning collection of short stories about people receiving grace in spite of---or more often because of---their terrible flaws. Some are darkly comic, others are imbued with a gorgeous spirituality, and others are deeply ambiguous in their depictions of God, race, and life in U.S. South.[return][return]See my complete review at Shelf Love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonathan | 1/17/2014

    " O'Connor's collection of stories offers many depictions of the cruelty of children and the childishness of adults, with disastrous consequences resulting. Fear, shame, moral blindness, prejudice and the inability to escape random acts of violence are all key elements of these stories, and O'Connor paints these all too vividly. I especially enjoyed the story of the Displaced Person, with its poignant combination of humorous and tragic effects resulting from conflicting prejudices. "

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