Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

wiseblood

This is a strange but beautiful novel. It is said to be “totally original” and it is hard to disagree. This story of a preacher – Hazel Motes – in the American South after the Second World War is certainly a strange one. However, it is the high-jinx and thought-processes of his young acquaintance, Enoch Emery, which stand out as utterly amazing. The thinking of Hazel is a little off the wall and abstract, making it hard to care how he arrives at his odd conclusions, but the way Enoch Emery’s mind works is fascinating and compelling, and in the way he is described and his existence narrated, O’Connor manages to create something totally original. But the novel’s structure is also imaginative, the way the story is caused to rise and fall and peter-out is impressive. After only one hundred-and-sixty pages, the reader is left a little dizzy. What just happened in this novel?

Mr A

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s