A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor

By Flannery O'Connor

The gathering that validated O'Connor's acceptance as one of many american masters of the quick tale. the quantity includes the distinguished name tale, a story of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, in addition to “The Displaced Person" and 8 different tales.

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Except a prayer for all the dead. It wasn’t the same for the young British pilot, since the villagers had sung and prayed on their knees on the ground around his tomb and stayed there all night. Even so, it brought me back to that mass grave on the outskirts of Saigon where Paulo’s body lies. But now I think there’s THE DEATH OF THE YOUNG BRITISH PILOT / 52 more than that. I believe that one day, much later, and later still, I don’t know for sure, but I already know, yes, much later, I will find—I already know this—something material that I will recognize as a smile frozen in the sockets of his eyes.

It’s not the heap of bodies, not at all; it’s the disappearance of that body in the mass of other bodies. It’s his, his own body, thrown into the trench, without a word. Except a prayer for all the dead. It wasn’t the same for the young British pilot, since the villagers had sung and prayed on their knees on the ground around his tomb and stayed there all night. Even so, it brought me back to that mass grave on the outskirts of Saigon where Paulo’s body lies. But now I think there’s THE DEATH OF THE YOUNG BRITISH PILOT / 52 more than that.

They are afraid of writing. What matters in my case, perhaps, is that my fear was never that particular fear. I wrote incomprehensible books and they were read. There’s one I read recently that I hadn’t read in thirty years and that I find magnificent. Its title is Une vie tranquille [A Peaceful Life]. ” It’s a book that was written in one go, in the banal and very dark logic of a murder. In that book, one can go further than the book itself, than the murder in the book. One can go who knows where, no doubt toward adoration of the sister, the love story between the sister and brother, still, yes, for all eternity, a dazzling, inconsiderate, punished love.

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