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Flannery OConnorová se ve své první povídkové sbírce představila jako výrazný jižanský hlas a výstižně pojmenovala typická místní témata: uzavřenost vesnické komunity, silnou, až fanatickou náboženskou víru a z ní vyplývající paradoxy, kazatelství, xenofobii. Sbírka obsahuje její nejznámější povídku "Dobrého člověka těžko najdeš", v níž sériový vrah narazí na středostavovs ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published May 2010 by Argo (first published 1953)
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Fabian
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Exemplary short story collection & very likely at the zenith in most "all-time" lists. All ten vignettes are blissfully cinematographic, spewing out image after retched image, illuminating lives filled with woe, woe, & more woe. In a place of stasis & violence.

The setting is that of the inglorious Southern U.S.--minus its usual sheen of glittery magnificence.

It is without a doubt a strong dose of American Gothic. The elements of which practically overflow in each short story: the im
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Matt
This stuff is twisted, sparse, clipped, dark, doomy, funny, dramatic, Southern, angry, sexy, super Catholic, death-haunted, maniacial, bizarre, possibly racist, apparently desperate, fatalistic, existential, dreary, ugly, fetid, frenzied, morbid, lax, stern, prepossessing, unforgiving, unrelenting, anti-everything, aged, "retro", haunting, parabolic, anecdotal, moral, redemptive, sublime, reasoned, feverish, dreamlike, unsparing, sparse, I said that one already, seductive, craftsmanlike, worried ...more
Riku Sayuj

Exiled From Eden

I don’t always have the aptitude and the patience (paradoxically) for short fiction, but O’Connor has a way of connecting all her stories by setting them in a landscape that refuses to leave you. The stories and the unease stay with you as you finish each grotesque piece, building up layer upon layer of despair until you thirst for an almost religious release from it all.

Peopled with the religious, the good and the moral -- trying to come to terms with a god-less world, grappli
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Dan Schwent
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Man is Hard to Find: A family strikes out on a road trip to Florida, knowing that an escaped convict is on the loose...

What a kick ass tale to open the collection. Flannery O'Connor had to be an influence of sorts on Jim Thompson, as this reads a lot like a condensed version of one of his stories. "She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

The River: An odd little boy is taken to a river to be Baptised by a fire and brimstone pre
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
I have been stewing on this book all night...it was 1)terrific in every and 2)completely rotten in every way and 3)scary, scary, terrifying scary without trying too hard to be. O'Connor has said that she searches in the darkest, most hopeless little worlds for "god's grace" (or more specifically, "god's presence", be it dark or light). Seeing as I have no fear of the wrath of an angry god, why did this book affect me so deeply, leaving me with a stunned expression staring at a blank wall for sev ...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Horrible horrible horrible, particularly the first two. Trust me, I'm not saying this just for effect. They take 'dark' to a whole new level - like staring down into a bottomless pit. Yet absolutely brilliant, more of a review later (maybe) once I've recuperated.
Diane S ☔
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fantastic way she has in drawing her stories. So vivid, varied characters, in all these stories regardless of the social strata of the people they are all searching for the same thing, grace. Knowing this author's background leads to a better understanding of her stories. Her long illness, she suffered with lupus, her Catholicism in the bible banging South and her people watching are all present in Jr stories. Yes, they are dark, her title story A good man is hard to find, left me reeling ...more
Algernon
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2014

I am developing quite an addiction for the Southern flavor of American literature, and reading my first short story collection by Flannery O'Connor is more than just adding fuel to the flame of my interest. She is surpassing all my expectations and constantly going beyond the surface of things to touch on personal trauma that is often as unavoidable, tragic and soul reaving as a Greek tragedy. I am not sure if I should use the term 'gothic' for her stories. Yes, her subjects are usually deformed
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Jamie
First things first, O’Connor did exactly what she intended to do here. It’s not a failure by any stretch (if, at times, close-cropped and uneven). Whatever she’s doing, cruel and unusual, she’s good at it. But dear God, it just happens to be the exact kind of thing that revolts something deep down in my gut. I’m usually all on board with the creepy, crazy, what-have-you, but the difference here is that nobody is even alive before they’re dead.

“Bleak,” “oppressive,” “macabre,” all of that applie
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Anthony Vacca
In his novel Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke taught me about a wonderful medieval festival called, you guessed it, the Feast of Fools. The idea is simple: during whichever day local churches decide to hold this holiday, all social roles and obligations are inverted. The peasant is essentially given carte blanche to openly mock his superiors, to blaspheme the church, to shamelessly imbibe spirits without restraint, to monger among the whores, to covet whatever thy neighbor’s got, and to other ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Modern Fiction)
So far, the best short story collection that I've read. Flannery O'Connor's prose can make you sing. However, the songs are predominantly dark, tragic and sad. The most appropriate image that I can think of is that scene in The Wizard of Oz when the tornado is ravaging the Kansas farm of Dorothy's parents and then picture her singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" while the bicycle-riding wicked witch is smiling at her.

Quite an appropriate picture because Flannery O'Connor was born in Georgia and
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Jenn(ifer)
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jason and naysayers like Jason
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: Flannery told me in a dream

A review in song form (thank you Sufjan): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlcrHE...

*****

The short story is quickly becoming my favorite fiction genre (unlike Jason here who “just [doesn’t] have time for [them] anymore"). Well, I hope everyone makes the time to read this collection, because every bit of it is outstanding. While her first shot at writing a novel was a bit sloppy, you’ll find that with short stories she is a master of her craft.

The title story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” is not a
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Catie
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catie by: Flannery's parents, indirectly.
I enjoy all kinds of writing. I like the simple, breezy writing that’s entertaining and takes very little effort to understand. I like the dense, loaded writing that takes weeks of thought and discussion to fully unpack. The remarkable thing about the writing of Flannery O’Connor is that it somehow seems to encompass that entire spectrum.

Her writing is without a doubt easy to digest, but I would never in a million years call it simple. Reading her prose feels less like reading and more like hav
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Tom Mathews
The New York Times, in a review of O'Connor's stories, referred to her as an American Guy de Maupassant. This is an apt description. O'Connor's stories paint a dark yet spot-on picture of the human condition. She takes the quaint out of southern living and shines a spotlight on the ignorance and prejudice with a razor-sharp and truly wicked sense of humor. Reading her stories left me amazed by her literary ability yet also a bit nauseated. What depresses me the most is that current events seem t ...more
Rochelle Torke
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh good lord. Someone said she made the south seem even creepier than it already was and i agree with a shudder. And my experience is that you can never really shake off these stories. She can create a character in five words that you will recognize instantly way, way down in your cerebellum--or maybe somewhere in your gut--and it will live there inside you forever. I think she is the unmatched master of the short story form. And don't get me wrong, you will laugh at times while reading. But the ...more
Clif Hostetler
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Flannery O'Connor died in 1964 at the young age of 39, but she managed in her short life to produce a collection of literature that has been the subject of enduring praise from literary critics. It was because of this reputation I decided it was time to checkout this collection of short stories. This is the first work of hers that I've read (or listened to on audio).

Most of the stories in this book take place in the rural part of the state of Georgia in the first half of the twentieth century (
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Willow
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This is an extremely well-written cache of disturbing short stories. Although I’m not quite sure I read them the same way O’Connor intended. I say that because I come from a different time and a different place. I’m not the devout Catholic that O’Connor obviously was. Consequently, I’m not sure I completely grasped the full light of God’s grace. I tended to read these stories with a skeptical eye. They unsettled me, the religious aspect never giving me peace.

O’Connor likes to zero in on people’
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Connie
This collection of ten short stories is very dark and gothic, often including grotesque characters with disabilities. Many of the stories show people looking for salvation and spirituality. Some characters have ideas about making changes in their lives, but fate or God provides a totally different outcome. O'Connor's strong religious background and years of dealing with illness (lupus) have influenced her writing. This talented author exhibits a dark sense of humor, and often ends her stories wi ...more
Lee
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vacillated between three and four stars -- almost rounded up for a few reasons but decided to go with my gut and rate it as I'd read it. It's clearly a canonical foundational model for the conventional, centrist, conservative short-story form. But still I heard echoes of Saunders and DFW, not to mention so much solid BASS-grade short fiction, but that's also the issue I think I had with it: for the most part I was over-aware these were stories, always aware of their form, their steadiness, sugge ...more
Jana
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One would say, Flannery is a nice Southern lady who wrote this little book with this cute name: 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'. She was probably a lonely spinster, spent her life reading romances, swinging on her porch, drinking lemonade and making up lovely stories. A-a.

Big mistake from the beginning: I still have not read a book where USA South hasn't been portrayed as the devil's pit in a human form. She is sensational. I’ve never read a book like this. Her stories are completely dark and cree
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Tânia F
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando comecei a ler o livro apercebi-me de que se tratava de um livro de contos. Dez no total. O primeiro conto é o que dá título ao livro – um bom homem é difícil de encontrar – e que à medida que ia dizendo a algumas pessoas o que estava a ler, inevitavelmente as pessoas achavam o título muito sugestivo, talvez antevendo a história de um desgosto amoroso ou de encontros amorosos com trastes de 3ª categoria e o conto não é sobre nada disso, é muito mais original, à semelhança dos outros nove c ...more
Darwin8u
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
There is something magical and impossible about O'Conner's short stories. They pulse, plunge and roll like one giant allegorical ocean. At one level her writing is beautiful and charged with a cold and lonely realism, but she pounds again and again with the brutality of her words until she absolutly devours and transforms whole continents of readers. One cannot read these stories and not be pulled away by the current of her imagination transfixed, transformed and thinkin' kinda funny.
Orient

What a sad, entertaining and gripping book. The title emphasizes the main theme of the book: A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The stories are chilling, they build slowly and clearly show that the easy misstep can turn to a disaster beyond all imagining. The strange thing is that the cruel life lessons are presented with a slight touch of black humor. Humor and tragedy mix to provide a sad but also entertaining (in some way) pack of stories. If you want and look for happy endings - this book is not th
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Joan
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book haunts me. Her images and characters are so vivid, that I can recall them six years later as if I read this book yesterday says something of the power of masterfully crafted language.

Flannery O'Connor was devout Catholic, which made her a bit of an ousider in the Evangelical Protestant South. If I had to summarize her worldview is that she believes in God, but not so much in people.

Denise E.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything Flannery O'Conner casts her withering gaze on turns to gold.

(Spoilers below).

The scene is set. It is a hot summer in some unnamed Southern county... a vagrant comes a-rap-tap-tapping at the door. The owner, a landlady and respectable woman, has a daughter inside. The daughter is young and blond and of marriageable age. Should the woman let the vagrant in?

Yes? No?

Either way - and this is not a spoiler alert - it will not end well. The book isn't called A Good Man is Hard to Find for
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Jason
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Darkly beautiful Southern Gothic.

O'Connor writes stories that address humanity and all of it's weaknesses. While her stores can seem grotesquely disappointing and miserable, they really show what is so special about the human condition - the inherent flaws for which we are all prone to and for which we often love one another all the more. She has a way of making you pity the characters, loving them, and hating them all at the same time. I can not rave about her enough.

These short stories largel
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Florencia
FINALLY.
Hello, O'Connor.
Joseph
Nov 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the written word
The last book I read was also a collection of short stories, but that is where the comparison stops. Each and every one of the stories in A Good Man is Hard to Find is a gem, masterfully polished and displayed by Ms. O'Connor.

This is, I think, the third or fourth time I've read through this book, and I still can't decide what she thinks of the human experiment. On the one hand, she paints her characters with such exquisite detail, putting forth their quirks and foibles in such a way that you can
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Quentin Wallace
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first full book by Flannery O'Connor, even though I'm a Savannah native. Overall I was surprised by the darkness of the stories. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. I enjoyed the stories although at points the racism was a little hard to handle. I still don't know if any of the racism was from O'Connor herself or she was just pointing it out in her characters as a sign of the times.

The writing itself was tremendous. O'Connor has a purpose for every word, and most
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I don't aspire to write fiction. Knowing one's limitations is a gift. But oh, if I could only write short stories like Flannery. She shows you scenes so real it feels like voyeurism, and some so unsettling that you'll be glad it's fiction. These characters do not work and play well with others!

The longest story, "The Displaced Person," is a masterpiece about hypocrisy and prejudice. The imagery is perfect. In fact, the imagery in all of her stories is amazing.
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Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of thirty-nine, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. O’Connor wrote two novels, Wise Blood (1952) and The Violent Bear It Away (1960), and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (1955) and Everything That Rises Must Converge (1964). Her Complete Stories, published posth ...more
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“She would've been a good woman," said The Misfit, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.” 288 likes
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