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The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
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Jul 26, 10

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Read from July 17 to 21, 2010

Strange, beautiful, difficult book. The overwhelming religiosity or the book's message is hard to take, but it couldn't exist without it. I appreciated its darkness and subtle brutality, the bleakness of its existential outlook, but I just found myself agreeing with the angry atheist character. It's too O'Connor's credit that she lets each character speak as he needs to, rather than as she wants him to, and they all say what they should in keeping with who they are, rather than what would be most convenient for them. That, to me, is the mark of great literature. O'Connor's characters are well-drawn and intensely real, her writing fine, and the situations she creates provide no easy answers. It's a bit of a shame that the ultimate thrust of the book is to try to provide a single answer, however difficult, to make sense of it all.
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Angela I really wish I had not initially misread this as "The Violent Bear Is Away" because now I can't stop giggling.


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