Everything that Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Conner

Flannery O’Connor was working on Everything that Rises Must Converge at the time of her death in 1964. It was published post-humously in 1965.

I must admit, I only read this collection of short stories because it featured in the TV series Lost, see:

Jacob reads it when he’s waiting for Locke to come crashing out of that window.

Basically these stories revolve around a few common themes: race, religion, false pride, intergenerational conflict and so on.

Most of her characters are bitter and to say there is always an element of the macabre in her work is an understatement. More like violence and gore of the most startling and unsuspecting designation. Which is, I suppose, why the writers of Lost chose to insert it so strategic a place in the series’ narrative.

It’s an interesting read for people who are interested in social justice and in US history. By no means though is it an easy going summer time-waster. It’s heavy going, but rewarding.

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One Response to “Everything that Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Conner”

  1. Trust you. Nuff said. ;)

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