Deal Me In Reading Challenge: I drew the two of hearts.
Story: A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor. I didn’t just read it, I listened to the author herself reading it, via YouTube: But I needed the text as well, as the quality of the recording is not great (it’s from 1959!). It’s easy to find the text online; whether the one I read is legal or not, I’m not sure, so I won’t link to it!
Comments: I had never read this story, but I sure had heard about it. And it was every bit as good as I expected. I didn’t realise that there were some laugh-out-loud bits, until I heard O’Connor’s listeners actually laughing – that was fun! And I guess any story as grim as this one needs a bit of comedy thrown in if the reader is not going to be overwhelmed.
On one occasion, many years ago, I was amongst a group of people talking about a particularly vicious criminal who had been caught by the police and was awaiting charges and trial. One person in the group said that he should be hung, after the terrible things he had inflicted on others. An older woman said, quietly, “He’s some poor mother’s son, too.” That remark has stayed with me… I wonder if the speaker had this story in mind when she said it? Because it certainly reflects one of the key insights in this story, when the grandmother recognises the crazed killer as “one of her children” too.
A brilliant story, where reality is definitely not black and white, but very human, very messy.