Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Wise BloodIn the author’s note to the second edition of “Wise Blood,” O’Connor asserts that “this is a comic novel about a Christian malgre lui” and should be read with zest. Many reviewers agree, but I found the characters pained and painful, struggling with impulses that torture them. Haze Motes spurns everyone who tries to get close, yet Enoch, Sabbath, and even Mrs. Flood continue to cling to him. Without revealing too much about exactly what happens, I found the most touching part of the book takes place in the relationship between Mrs. Flood and Haze.

All this said, I think this novel means a great deal more to those who can grasp the Biblical and religious symbolism and language embedded in it – as in the names above. And O’Connor has a masterful grasp of description – who could forget Haze’s”rat-colored car.”

Reviewed by Sarav


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