Wise Blood

Wise Blood

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Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom
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 inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds 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 Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.

Publisher: New York, NY : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: Reissue ed
ISBN: 9780374530631
0374530637
Branch Call Number: F O'Connor
Characteristics: 236 pages ;,21 cm

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CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 19, 2021

"Hazel Moates made some good points" is my new hottest take. Profoundly unnerving.


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CMLibrary_DJeffrey Apr 19, 2021

"Hazel Moates made some good points" is my new hottest take. Profoundly unnerving.

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bonster1026
Apr 06, 2019

I had forgotten how flavorful is the writing of Flannery O’connor, having first read her thirty years ago. Here, Hazel Motes is in search of his own brand of greatness in the existential struggle of the commoner, which leads to this, from Baudelaire:
“One should always be drunk.
That’s all that matters...
But with what?
With wine, with poetry, with virtue, as you choose.
But get drunk.”

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candlesticktroughs
Feb 24, 2019

" That morning Enoch Emery knew when he woke up that today the person he could show it to was going to come. He knew by his blood. He had wise blood like his daddy." " He got out of Mrs. Watts's bed early in the morning before any light came in the room. When he woke up, her arm was flung across him. He leaned up and lifted it off and eased it down by her side, but he didn't look at her. There was only one thought in his mind: he was going to buy a car. The thought was full grown in his head when he woke up, and he didn't think of anything else." " There was a black bear about four feet long and very thin, resting on the floor of the cage; his back was spotted with bird lime that had been shot down on him by a small chicken hawk that was sitting on a perch in the upper part of the same apartment. Most of the hawk's tail was gone; the bear had only one eye." " The blind man was sitting on the bottom step. Enoch Emory was on the other side, standing on the lion's head, trying to balance himself, and the child was standing near him, watching Haze. ' I don't need Jesus, ' Haze said. ' What do I need with Jesus? I got Leora Watts.' "

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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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