31 Shots of Shock: #10 – ‘A Good Man is Hard to Find’ by Flannery O’Connor

31 Shots of Shock *Title: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
Date Read: 10 October 2009
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: It’s the 1950s and a road trip to Florida looms. Grandma’s none too happy though because she’d rather visit connections in east Tennessee. So in an attempt to change minds Grandma points it out in the paper that an unsavoury character known as The Misfit has escaped from the state penitentiary and is headed towards Florida. Grandma’s revelation makes no difference. Florida it is, and I bet you can’t guess who they may bump into en route? 🙂
Afterthoughts: All in all a well constructed story as one may expect from the competent pen of Flannery O’Connor. As a story, in the context of being a shocker, I wasn’t so impressed. Sure, the ending is a little tense and a somewhat startling but this wasn’t the all-out chiller I hoped it was going to be. Still worth a read though!
Notable Quote: The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida. She wanted to visit some of her connections in east Tennes- see and she was seizing at every chance to change Bailey’s mind. Bailey was the son she lived with, her only boy. He was sitting on the edge of his chair at the table, bent over the orange sports section of the Journal. “Now look here, Bailey,” she said, “see here, read this,” and she stood with one hand on her thin hip and the other rattling the newspaper at his bald head. “Here this fellow that calls himself The Misfit is aloose from the Federal Pen and headed toward Florida and you read here what it says he did to these people. Just you read it. I wouldn’t take my children in any direction with a criminal like that aloose in it. I couldn’t answer to my conscience if I did.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.

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  1. A story that makes all mother-in-laws look good in comparison. In fact, maybe when my son gets married, someday far away, I’ll give my future daughter-in-law this book with the inscription, whenever I annoy you, think about how bad it could be.