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A Good Man Is Hard To Find By Flannery O'connor

Reviewing: Harvest/Hbj Book A Good Man Is Hard To Find And Other Stories By Flannery O'connor  |  Rating:
May Monten By May Monten on
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Flannery O'Connor is one of my favorite short story writers, and this book, one of two story collections that she published, contains many great stories.

Typically her stories start off seeming rather straightforward, and then something strange happens in the end.

In the title story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find, " an old woman is shot by a fugitive called The Misfit. I've read this story many times and been in classes where it was discussed, and the dialogue at the end is still puzzling -- in an interesting way.

The Misfit says, in the most famous line in the story, "She would of been a good woman, if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

His accomplice, Bobby Lee, answers "Some fun!" And the Misfit replies, "Shut up, Bobby Lee. It's no real pleasure in life."

What does all this mean? There's a lot there to think about or to discuss.

O'Connor is sometimes described as a Southern writer and/or a Catholic writer, and while both are clearly important aspects of her work, I think the stories get at things which are universal.