Flannery O’Connor was a great novelist and short storyteller who was born in America in 1925 and died in 1964 due to lupus. Her book Everything that Rises Must Converge published posthumously. Believe me; I haven’t read stories that hooked me like this.
There are nine remarkable stories in the book. By the way, it is striking in the sense of a blow to your heart. At the end of each story, you begin to breathe deeper, become more disgusted than people, and if you see yourself in the mirror held by the author (which is sure to have no escape), you will look for holes to escape. Some characters will cause you great distress, while others will make your heart beat faster. They are so real that you can even see the glow in their eyes.
I was most impressed by her story entitled “A View of the Woods”. The characters in this story cannot be compared with any character I have read so far. I strongly recommend that you read the stories during the day, not just before bedtime. Flannery O’Connor has a powerful voice. She sheds such a light in man that you see what you do not want to see and cannot escape from it.
Flannery O’Connor is an author you must read at least once throughout your life. I highly recommend this story collection. Enjoy!
Everything That Rises Must Converge
Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything That Rises Must Converge at the time of her death. This collection is an exquisite legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers: race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else.
Mary Flannery O’Connor was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.
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