9780374530631

Wise Blood A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780374530631

  • ISBN10:

    0374530637

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/6/2007
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. Focused on the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate fate, this tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdoms gives us one of the most riveting characters in twentieth-century American fiction. Flannery O'Connorwas born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. When she died at the age of 39, America lost one of its most gifted writers at the height of her powers. 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 desperate yet personal faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Lily Sabbath. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel Motes founds the 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 Hazel's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most consuming characters in modern fiction. "No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation."Brad Leithauser,The New Yorker "No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation."Brad Leithauser,The New Yorker "I was more impressed byWise Bloodthan any novel I have read for a long time. Her picture of the world is literally terrifying. Kafka is almost the only one of our contemporaries who has achieved such effects. I have tremendous admiration for the work of this young writer."Caroline Gordon

Author Biography

Flannery O'Connor (1925–64) wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and essays, virtually all of which remain in print in book form.

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