Thursday, April 19, 2012

Good Story 032: A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories

A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Episode #32 - Julie and Scott finally talk Flannery O'Connor. Misfits, baptisms, and wooden legs. Oh my! We discuss Flannery O'Connor in general and three stories in particular: A Good Man is Hard to Find, The River, and Good Country People.

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  1. Flannery always deals us a good one. I've read them all, several times. I never tire. They always speak. She was a gem. Her none fiction isn't too shabby either.

  2. Interesting discussion as usual.

    Flannery is an acquired tasted, but a taste that should be required. I remember reading her after my conversion and being rather dumbfounded by the stories. Years later doing the same I was less dumbfounded and much more intrigued. When I came across this quote, " the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures." it provided a key for me. The interesting thing about her works is even when you realize you didn't entirely get the point, you still want to reread it knowing there is one. Will have to look up the book Julie referenced on understanding her.

    I think she would have a good laugh at the tags you used " baptisms, Flannery O'Connor, grandmothers, gunshots, misfits, rivers, wooden legs"

    Speaking of Catholic southern writers, I don't know if either of you have an interest in Walker Percy. Would love to hear you discussing one of his books as they are so rich in my opinion. He has more Catholic characters than Flannery does, but they certainly aren't idealized ones.

  3. I tried reading The Movie Goer (that's not right, I know) once but couldn't get too far. What would you recommend Jeff?

  4. Well to start "Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World", which is just a great comic novel and surely the best subtitle in history.

    "The Thanatos Syndrome" is more on the serious side, but very also very good and an early critique of the culture of death in some ways

    "Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book." is also very funny and deadly accurate.

    The Moviegoer is not the easiest way to start Walker Percy

  5. It figures that I began at the worst place! :-)

    Thanks for the recommendations ... Love in the Ruins grabs me just because of the great subtitle (as you mention).