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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
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Think the bloodiest scenes of the Old Testament set fifty to eighty years after the end of Gone with the Wind. It ought to chill your blood even if you believe the horror ultimately leads to salvation. I think it is necessary for readers to understand that what O'Connor is always depicting is some one's salvation and that this does not reduce the horror. Salvation (in the Christian view) is supposed to be horrific, earth shattering, destroying not pleasant or nice. Remember that it is brought about by the public and painful execution of the one good human being in all of human history.

But even if you aren't particularly religious (or spiritual) O'Connor is a masterful writer. Her stories are funny, shocking and blood chilling. She treats the South as a real place, with a degree of irony and distaste but never as if there were some other place that it ought to be like. Racism and classism are common themes and though sexism doesn't come up women are just as likely to be strong and in charge as they are to be silly little girls... though strong or silly they are all destined to something which will take everything from them.
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