The Violent Bear It Away

O'Connor, Flannery

Published by Farrar Straus & Cudahy, 1960
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New York. 1960. Farrar Straus & Cudahy. 1st American Edition. Honolulu Book Shops Sticker in the Back, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Few Small Pieces Missing. 360. 243 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Milton Glaser. keywords: March 25. inventory # 20948. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this novel Flannery O’Connor is at the top of her powers. THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY displays her astonishing gifts for satire with compassion and for pathos with humor. It tells the story of Francis Marion Tarwater, an orphan who lives backcountry with his great-uncle in Powderhead, Tennessee. Before the old man dies, he prophesies Tarwater’s fate: the Lord will call him to be a prophet. Another crucial prophecy he makes is to Rayber, his nephew, a schoolteacher, about Rayber’s son, Bishop: ‘Either Tarwater or me is going to baptize that child. If not me in my day, him in his.’ At the old man’s death, little Bishop, thanks to Rayber’s alert opposition, remains unbaptized, and on Tarwater falls the burden of baptizing him. A struggle over Bishop begins between Tarwater and Rayber. The clash between these two temperaments provides some of the funniest episodes in the book, as Rayber exerts himself to the straining point in his sincere desire to rescue Tarwater’s mind from darkness. Yet Tarwater, interiorly, is undergoing a struggle of his own. He does not want to be either prophet or baptist; he shows extraordinary strengths within himself in resisting his fate. The story moves inexorably to its climax and an outcome which neither Rayber nor Tarwater could foresee. In its special number devoted to ‘The American Imagination,’ the Times Literary Supplement praised Flannery O’Connor’s ‘merciless humour, extraordinary composure, and a compassion so universal that it raises all her local characters to a universal scale.’ These qualities of her special genius are so vividly present in this novel, and are set forth in prose of such clarity and vigor as to make THE VIOLENT BEAR IT AWAY clearly her most important work. Honolulu Book Shops Sticker in the Back, Otherwise Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket W/A Few Small Pieces Missing. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Violent Bear It Away
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Cudahy
Publication Date: 1960
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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