Wise Blood: A Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Fiction - 236 pages
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Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom
Wise Blood
, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.

 

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This is Flannery O"Connor's debut novel. It is an offbeat story about the quest for a spiritual life. Set in Tennessee just after WWII, the cast if characters are entertaining. Somehow the story felt disjointed, not flowing smoothly. An ok read. Read full review

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

I can't say that I really enjoyed Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood", but I can confidently say that there isn't much like it out there. I imagine that Southerners who love their hometowns but wish that ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
25
Section 3
33
Section 4
63
Section 5
75
Section 6
99
Section 7
115
Section 8
129
Section 9
145
Section 10
165
Section 11
173
Section 12
193
Section 13
203
Section 14
217
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Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964) was one of America's most gifted writers. She wrote two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and two story collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge. Her Complete Stories, published posthumously in 1972, won the National Book Award that year, and in a 2009 online poll it was voted as the best book to have won the award in the contest's 60-year history. Her essays were published in Mystery and Manners and her letters in The Habit of Being.

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