Friday, November 6, 2015

I Finished the Flannery O'Connor Biography, and It Is Definitely Worth Your Time



This is going to be short, but I'm not too proud to post it. ;)

*Siiiiiiigh* I love Flannery O'Connor.

Over the past couple of weeks, I read this biography Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor. Now that I have read it, I am convinced that everyone should read it before they die. You should especially read it if you are Southern, (because the freaks are still recognizable to you~this taken from a Flannery O'Connor quote) and especially if you are Catholic (because you know it's more than just a symbol;). But if you are Catholic and Southern, well, you just do not have a choice but to read this one! ;)  You'll have to trust me on this. If you don't, then consider the following seven items in argument for reading it.

Why should you read A Life of Flannery O'Connor?

1. For her sense of humor.

The author Brad Gooch artifully includes many, many of her one-liners from letters, journals, and commentary/memory from those who knew her during her lifetime. She was a very, very witty woman. Her wit was one of her hallmarks, and this book won't let you down with a lack of thoroughness.

2. For an understanding of her education// writing process.

This book follows her journey of education from elementary to graduate work. We see her style develop, and she is so different as a college student than when she turns up back in Milledgeville after graduate work, ready to write professionally.

3. For a look at her relationship with her mother.

This book claims that her mother was quite the tyrant, and very difficult for Flannery to get along with at times.  If you're interested in these dynamics, this book does not disappoint.

4. For a look at her family history.

This book shows that she is much like her Dad, she comes from good, Catholic stock in Savannah, GA, and many of her gifts and flaws come from the O'Connor side.

5. For a look at her interpersonal relationships.

Flannery had some deep friendships and even some love interests. I was on the edge of my seat near the end of the book, because she had such an interesting, rich, full life! It took me by surprise to hear what a great friend she was, and how important these relationships were to her throughout her short life.

6. For a vivid picture of her life at Andalusia.

The details do not disappoint.  How many chickens did she have? How many peacocks? What was her life rhythm and routine as a writer? Who came to visit her? All of these questions will be answered, and more, in this good little book. ;)

7. For contemplating death and finding peace in it.

Again, I was on the edge of my seat reading about the end of her life. It really was quite dramatic, but also a very peaceful death. She made peace with it and found redemptive suffering in her illness, and learning about it will be quite inspiring!

 P.S. I once wrote a post about Flannery, entitled, "Which O'Connor Story Is For You?" Read it! :-) (No, really~ Do It!)

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4 comments:

Kathleen Basi said...

Putting it on my Goodreads now! Thanks!

October Rose said...

I wept when I reached the end of her collected letters because I felt a very dear friend had died. I more recently read her prayer journal and felt like I could have written some of those entries myself! (Although she is of course a much better writer than I could ever hope to be!)

I will put this on my to-read list. :) I like the idea of curling up with blankets and tea and reading a huge stack of Flannery things this winter.

Tacy said...

@ Kathleen~ Yes! So good!

@OctoberRose I'm so glad I have a fellow Flannery fanatic in my midst! Sigh!

Christie @ Everything to someone said...

Well it look like I HAVE to read this!