9 comments on “Flannery O’Connor & Fiona Benson | Two Mini Reviews

  1. The only thing I don’t like about “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is the way college professor assign the story and ask students to explore a theme the Prof sees in the story that the student may not agree with at all. I saw that many times and was perplexed by why a teacher would limit a student’s thinking by deciding for her. I have a complete collection of O’Connor’s stories and plan to read it this year!

    • It’s arguable that that’s the case with many stories, sadly. Most studied texts have a somewhat ‘standard’ interpretation that guides the lessons/discussions. I’ve seen lots of memes and jokes about teachers seeing far more in a book than even the writer did, let alone the readers, lol.

      But yes, with something as open to interpretation as A Good Man is Hard to Find, independent analysis should be encouraged!

      I’d definitely like to try more of O’Connor’s work at some point as well, so I hope you enjoy the collection, and will keep an eye out for your thoughts 😊

      • I’ve read a few of her other stories, though I can’t remember the titles. She wrote a number of what could be considered very long short stories, or very short novellas. They’re always SO dark.

        • Ooh, sounds intriguing! I love a novella, and I love when an author explores the dark side of humanity (without glorifying it, of course). Definitely an author I need to explore more of 😊

          • But they’re always dark and religious, so if religious stories that are extremist (not a good look for religion) bother you, then stick with Shirley Jackson! If you love stories like that, also check out Brian Evenson’s collection Altmann’s Tongue. It got him fired as a professor at Brigham Young.

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