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The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor

  • Apr 8, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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First published in 1955, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature. It is a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Conner's work. In it, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousins, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle--that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues: Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more "reasonable" modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

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  • Jim H.

    Always tricky to see the authors through her work but it's possible see Flannery O'Connor attempting to come to terms with the pain and suffering and doubt of her own life in her writing. Passion and madness often ride in the same carriage. To live in faith is to live in fear. To go against your fate may be the bravest thing anyone does. Writing that burns like the surface of the sun. Thanks everyone for coming out.

    A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.
    Nikos Kazantzakis

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Leita C.

    Conversation very lively. Strong opinions shared

    April 9, 2014

  • Julia B.

    insights as always

    April 8, 2014

  • Christine S.

    Argh, have to work tonight! Have fun, everyone.

    April 8, 2014

  • Wendy S.

    I'll miss being there tonight.

    April 8, 2014

  • Christine S.

    Looking forward to tonight!

    April 8, 2014

  • Jim H.

    FYI. When I get the location for this I will pass it along.

    Third Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld Memorial Workshop at ORI Continuing Seinfeld’s Tradition of Examining Cultural Artifacts:.

    Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov: From the "Bad Object" to Ecumenical Spirituality

    Presenter: Robinson Lilienthal, PhD

    When: Sunday, May 4th, 2014, 12-4 pm.

    Where: TBA. This event is FREE, but your RSVP is required.

    April 7, 2014

  • Nerio O. B.

    I haven't had time to make for these since I always have a workday the following mornings. Finding the books is another story.

    April 3, 2014

  • Wendy S.

    Sorry that I have a prior commitment that can't be changed. I am eager to read comments on this novel.

    April 2, 2014

  • Maureen S.

    I have never read him, but am looking forward to it. I am currently taking a break from literary fiction and reading Ken Follett-- a lot of fun.

    January 28, 2014

  • Ion F.

    Oh, argh! I would have come for Flannery O'Connor. But, this overlaps the Savannah Music Festival!

    January 27, 2014

    • Ion F.

      Maybe telepresence?

      January 28, 2014

    • Jim H.

      if only in our dreams

      January 28, 2014

  • Ted C.

    This is a fantastic novel, a real treat. I look forward to the discussion.

    January 27, 2014

  • Ann G.

    Flannery O'Connor, yeah!! And I don't know this title...

    January 27, 2014

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