Wise Blood

Wise Blood

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Wise Blood , Flannery O'Connor's astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher names Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Lily Sabbath. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel Motes founds the The Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child, and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Hazel's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most consuming characters in modern fiction.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990, c1949.
ISBN: 9780374505844
0374505845
Branch Call Number: FICTION OConnor Flannery
Characteristics: 231 p.,21 cm.

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horthhill
Sep 13, 2016

"Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor is great. Surreal. Funny. Strange. I still don't know what to make of Enoch Emery...18 years-old and with wise blood. Or the desiccated dwarf new Jesus. And Hazel Motes the anti-preacher and ascetic ...and murderer...and self-mutilator...

One aside. I was inadvertently amused by a slip of O'Connor's Chapter two. When Haze has arrived at the Taulkinham train station ..."he pushed open a door at one end of the station where a plain black and white sign said, MEN'S TOILET. WHITE. He went into a narrow room lined one one side with washbasins and on the other with a row of wooden stalls." Now, that is not a men's room that Haze has entered. O'Connor has not described the furnishings of a men's room of the time. That is a women's restroom. There is always a bit of a danger in making a lead character of the opposite sex. Little details that escape an author not of that gender. And this was one of them. Certainly amused me. But hardly a flaw to the story.

beebee40 Aug 07, 2014

Gothic, foreboding...creepy.

Could not finish this book

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artsyred
Jul 28, 2010

loved this book 0 mind you - i love anything that picks apart religioun

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