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The Violent Bear It Away: A Novel (FSG Classics)

 
 
 
 
The Violent Bear It Away: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Author: Flannery O'Connor
ISBN 13: 9780374530877
ISBN 10: 374530874
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2007-06-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $15.00
 
 

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle—that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

O'Connor observes all this with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos. The result is a novel whose range and depth reveal a brilliant and innovative writers acutely alert to where the sacred lives and to where it does not.