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A Good Man Is Hard To Find 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Flannery O'Connor (1925 - 1964)

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bookbug February 6th, 2006 02:15 PM PST

I still remember the night thirty years ago when I first read "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." After finishing it, I lay still for what seemed like hours, flattened, staggered. The story expresses the human condition so fully that I almost felt there was nothing more left to write. I would certainly recommend starting O'Connor with this book. I also inhaled her letters, published as "The Habit of Being." They are as vivid a portrait of a life steeped in letters as one could hope to read. Like so much of her work, they are sharp, hilarious, fierce, and deeply courageous.

wijmlet September 1st, 2009 03:39 PM PST

I like her work, but cannot get the religious aspect of the stories. But it doesn't matter: one can still appreciate her.

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* Born: 25 March 1925
* Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
* Died: 3 August 1964 (complications from lupus)
* Best Known As: Southern author of "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

Name at birth: Mary Flannery O'Connor

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