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by Flannery O'Connor

  • ISBN: 0571116132
  • Category: British and Irish
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Flannery O'Connor
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New Ed edition (September 22, 1980)
  • Pages: 256
  • ePub book: 1704 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1627 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 283

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by Flannery O’Connor. First published in 1960. From the days of john the baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear IT away.

by Flannery O’Connor. For Edward Francis O’Connor 1896-1941. I. FRANCIS MARION TARWATER’S uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave and a Negro named Buford Munson, who had come to get a jug filled, had to finish it and drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sitting and bury it in a decent and Christian.

The Violent Bear It Away is a 1960 novel by American author Flannery O'Connor. It is the second and final novel that she published

The Violent Bear It Away is a 1960 novel by American author Flannery O'Connor. It is the second and final novel that she published. The first chapter was originally published as the story "You Can't Be Any Poorer Than Dead" in the journal New World Writing. The novel tells the story of Francis Marion Tarwater, a fourteen-year-old boy who is trying to escape the destiny his uncle has prescribed for him: the life of a prophet

For Edward Francis O’Connor.

For Edward Francis O’Connor. ONE. way, with the sign of its Saviour at the head of the grave and enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from.

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925 . The ribbon that allows the reader to mark progress in the book is a very nice touch, eliminating the need for a bookmark

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia, on March 25, 1925, and was raised as a devout Roman Catholic in Milledgeville, Georgia. Upon graduation from the Graduate Program of the Women’s College of Georgia, O’Connor attended the writing program at the State University of Iowa, receiving her MFA in 1947. O'Connor is a one-of-a-kind master storyteller. The ribbon that allows the reader to mark progress in the book is a very nice touch, eliminating the need for a bookmark. There is no Introduction to the volume.

Flannery O'Connor sure was an upbeat person when it came to religion, wasn't she? The Violent Bear It Away . O'Connor was ruthless in her vision.

Flannery O'Connor sure was an upbeat person when it came to religion, wasn't she? The Violent Bear It Away is a tale of how one man's obsession Francis Marion Tarwater buries his great uncle (figuratively) and heads to civilization to meet his uncle, the school teacher Rayber. Before his great uncle passed, he decreed that if he didn't baptize Rayber's son Bishop, Francis would. The struggle of Tarwater and his uncle Rayber against their joint destinies and the pull of fundamentalism and secularism is fully realized in this short novel.

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.

The Catholic Book Club seeks to right a wrong with this month’s selection. This month, we will read and discuss O'Connor’s novel, The Violent Bear It Away. Since its inception in 1928, CBC has never chosen a work by Flannery O’Connor. On April 15, 2013, I was walking home from a Red Sox game with a good friend when we heard a loud bang about a block and a half away. Less than a minute after the noise, we saw police and fire vehicles driving wildly, and then we saw people running.

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

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.

First published in 1960, The Violent Bear It Away is now a landmark in American literature.

Suffice it to say that The Violent Bear It Away is the best of her three books and that a comparison between this neo-Gothic tale and the novels written by William Faulkner at the height of his literary powers, could in no way harm Miss O’Connor. This surely will be remembered as one of the most important.

Comments

Minnai Minnai
If you were raised in the rural South or spent the summertime there with someone in your WASP family, you may still suffer the occasional nightmare, as I do, from the trauma left by hellfire and brimstone sermons or a fundamentalist Sunday "school" or two, having been left at an impressionable age (8 to 14) with the constant fear that you and all who have not yet been saved will be eternally damned if you do not save them from this blasphemous world, and spooked by the bountiful ignorance that surrounded you.

Flannery O'Connor, a devout Catholic, was super-critical of fundamentalist Protestants. Her short stories and two novels either explored dark religious themes or were tinged with often morbid religious undertones.

THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY's title is taken from a verse in the Douay-Rhiens Catholic Bible at Matthew 11:12: "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent bear it away."

I'll forego delving into possible meanings of the title, and any discussion of the novel gives away what happens at and near the end of the book. I'll just say that it's a BRUTAL book, dealing with a 14-year-old boy, fanatical, Southern fundamentalists and the related themes of destruction and redemption.

If you are looking for an enjoyable summer read, perhaps you should look elsewhere. If you'd like to get a sampling of the deeply dark, morbid and haunting world of Southern fundamentalist ol' time religion, purchase now.
Sennnel Sennnel
…accept the fact that O’Connor was a devout Catholic. This book is not anti-religion. If you can’t wrap your mind around the idea of a writer being both a devout Christian and a literary genius, don’t bother to read it – and avoid most of English lit written in the past several hundred years, too.

Do a little background reading about the Old Testament prophets: what their relationship with God was, what their mission was.
And pay more attention to the devil. Not just the one who talks to Tarwater in his head, but the one who shows up periodically in the guise of human beings (or humans who are doing the devil’s work). These are not the main characters in the book, but incidental ones, like the old drunk on the bench who encourages Tarwater in his rebellion.

These characters are one of the keys to the novel. When Tarwater hears the devil’s voice in his head, he considers him a friend. But when he sees the old man on the bench, he’s repulsed. Remember that old man when the man with the lavender and cream car shows up. (Tarwater is too sick from shock and thirst to be repulsed by the lavender man, but the reader is certainly meant to be.)

Tarwater does his own will – or what he thinks is his own will – when the innocent baby is drowned. But has God’s will not been done, then? What is the significance of Old Tarwater getting his proper buried after all, and of the baby being baptized after all? Note that Tarwater sees the grave at the end, when Buford points it out to him.

As for the scripture quote on the title page, “…the Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence,” remember that suffereth means “allows.” Tie this into the idea of God allowing the baby to be drowned, the lavender man to mess with Tarwater, etc. And consider the possibility that the “it” in “…the violent bear it away” is an understanding of (and ability to preach to others) what the Kingdom is.

Compare Tarwater’s message at the end (“the terrible swiftness of God’s mercy”) with the pop culture phrase, “What goes around, comes around.” And please, please remember that Christians believe in an afterlife – mercy is often the chance to see your mistakes and repent of them, not to live happily ever after here on Earth.

(And remember that, for O’Connor, babies like sweet little Bishop end up in the God’s lap. Note the contrast between the religious people’s view of little Bishop – the woman who gives him a green popsicle, for instance – and the atheist Raybur’s.)

Remember that, when the book was written, such a scene as the one with the lavender man was truly horrific. It was not thrown in to be edgy and controversial. It was meant to horrify and to sicken.

Finally, ask yourself, at the end, what (who) was it that God finally allowed Tarwater to fully see (and understand the horror of)? When Tarwater sets fire to the trees in the woods near his home, creating a wall of fire between him and the other, who is he separating himself from?
Hurus Hurus
This novel has perplexed fans and detractors since it was first published and I assume that it continues to this day. Detractors will read into it the own personal bigotries without understanding that Miss O'Connor was speaking to them and about them as well as her fans. Certainly this book cannot be compared to "Wise Blood" or much of her other work but it does show her unique talentand subtle sense of humor and the absurd.

It has taken me several readings over many years to appreciate this work (my problem) to realize that this is unique satire about religion and faith. No one believes that Swift's "reasonable proposal" actually espoused cannibalism and O'Connor certainly did not think that she was "reporting" about Southern Christian practices. What she was did was lampoon much of what occurs in a uniquely Southern American society. She painted a picture without showing the brush strokes.

So, take a stroll on the wild side and think Swift, "Animal Farm," Kingsley Amis, et al and enter a very personal world told in a very comedic and satirical manner. Remember, this "parochial" old fashioned writer was and still is ahead of the literary curve.
Dammy Dammy
It is almost impossible to review this book without giving too much away. The book seems to have been written in three stages. The first stage is a humorous back story which sets the scene. The middle part reveals that these are real characters, and their seemingly humorous actions now have serious and sometimes heartbreaking consequences. The end of the story totally turns everything proceeding it on its head. At the end of the book, the reader will come to a startling and somewhat shocking realization. This book is such a strong mix of humor, horror, hopelessness and hope, that I don't think there is anything else quite like it. This beautiful book is bizarre in that it mixes feelings of dread and despair with such hope. What a powerful read.
Malien Malien
It's the kind of book that's simple on the surface, but you actually end up chewing on it for a long time. I think the symbolism would go over some people's heads unless they have a religious background.
Dreladred Dreladred
not a fan of the author
Enone Enone
One of the most engaging books I have read in a long time. Great southern classic by a great southern writer with haunting, well-developed characters and a shocking ending.