Monday, June 15, 2009
A Good Man is Hard to Find
Harvest Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
I was first attracted to this book by the title and by the cover.
There are ten short stories here – twisted, sparse, dark, gloomy, funny, dramatic, Southern, angry, sexy, possibly racist, unforgiving, brooding and scary.
Flannery O'Connor was a devout Catholic, which made her a bit of an outsider in the Evangelical Protestant South. She believed in God, but not so much in people. She wrote about ugly, ugly things in such a way that they are completely beautiful. And usually heartbreaking. She painted her characters with exquisite detail,
Someone said she made the south seem even creepier than it already was