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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flannery O’Connor Narrator: Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O’Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment. The title story is a tragicomedy about social pride, racial bigotry, generational conflict, false liberalism, and filial dependence. The protagonist, Julian Chestny, is hypocritically disdainful of his mother’s prejudices, but his smug selfishness is replaced with childish fear when she suffers a fatal stroke after being struck by a black woman she has insulted out of oblivious ignorance rather than malice. Similarly, “The Comforts of Home” is about an intellectual son with an Oedipus complex. Driven by the voice of his dead father, the son accidentally kills his sentimental mother in an attempt to murder a harlot. The other stories are “A View of the Woods,” “Parker’s Back,” “The Enduring Chill,” “Greenleaf,” “The Lame Shall Enter First,” “Revelation,” and “Judgment Day.”

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When I read Flannery O’Connor, I do not think of Hemingway, or Katherine Anne Porter, or Sartre, but rather of someone like Sophocles. What more can you say for a writer? I write her name with honor, for all the truth and all the craft with which she shows man’s fall and his dishonor.”

    Thomas Merton

  • “The current volume of posthumous stories is the work of a master, a writer’s writer—but a reader’s too—an incomparable craftsman who wrote, let it be said, some of the finest stories in our language.”

    Newsweek

  • “Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and Lorna Raver flawlessly convey the characters’ ignorance as well as their gut-wrenching epiphanies…This production expertly communicates O’Connor’s literary complexity.”

    AudioFile

  • “All in all they comprise the best collection of shorter fiction to have been published in America during the past twenty years.”

    Book Week

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susie | 1/27/2014

    " Certainly an interesting group of short stories. I really enjoyed her writing style. By the end of the book, though, I felt like I had my fill of Ms. O'Connor for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robyn | 1/10/2014

    " What an incredible collection of stories. No happy endings here. A little grotesque and a whole lot thought provoking, and not necessarily in a nice way. Kind of puts you off ever going to Georgia. . . . . . Hmmm. Maybe a bit extreme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alex | 12/8/2013

    " I'd read two of these for classes before, so I decided to finish the collection. They're all incredibly brutal in that classic O'Connor style, and in some ways I find her assumption of characters in narrative a bit presumptuous. But as difficult a pill as they her stories are to swallow, there are also some genuinely good messages that come out of them. Nobody makes an epiphany in a short story as boldly perceptive, bitingly honest, or brilliantly designed as Flannery - and nobody epiphanies that contain such, well, epiphany in the original sense of the word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sydnee | 11/15/2013

    " What can I say about Miss O'Connor? She may be the most brilliant female American author. I spent years studying her writing in college and I'm always surprised that so many don't know who she is. "

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