The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor Novel Vintage Paperback Book
Title: The Violent Bear It Away
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Year: 1990 (22nd Printing)
Publisher: The Noonday Press
Condition: Book is in good to fair shape with some wear and broken spine. Is ex library but all stickers removed. Only stamps remain. Some damage to first page where sticker was removed. Some fading / damage along bottom of spine where sticker removed. No markings. SHIPS IN A BOX! Packaged with care.
Genre: Southern Fiction; Allegorical Fiction Novels; Literary Fiction
A brilliant, innovative novel, acutely alert to where the sacred lives―and where it does not
First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is a landmark in American literature―a dark and absorbing example of the Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice that are united in Flannery O'Connor's work.
In this, O'Connor's second novel, the orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, the schoolteacher Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle that Tarwater will become a prophet and baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensues, as 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 relative and lay claim to Bishop's soul. All this is observed by O'Connor with an astonishing combination of irony and compassion, humor and pathos.