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The Abbess of Andalusia - by Lorraine V Murray (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 233

Genre: Religion + Beliefs

Sub-Genre: Christian Life

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Saint Benedict Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: Inspirational

Author: Lorraine V Murray

Language: English

TCIN: 78692567
UPC: 9781935302162
Item Number (DPCI): 247-15-9552


"Flannery O'Connor's corpus of writing is now seen as one of the outstanding American literary achievements of the 20th century. Her novels and short stories, often misunderstood, are now viewed as profoundly religious in their inspiration. Beneath the grotesque, violent and shocking events, the deepest meaning of Christian life and experience emerge, themes of evil, suffering, grace and redemption. Lorraine Murray's objective in this book is to show how O'Connor's novels and stories are rooted in her deep Catholic faith. O' Connor herself was quite frank about this source of her inspiration. She said, "I write the way I do because I am a Catholic." It was not a simplistic exposition of the faith but a genuine artist's effort to convey the deepest meaning of the Christian life through the good and evil of everyday lives of all kinds of people. She understood the difficulty involved when she wrote," Making grace believable to the contemporary reader is almost an insurmountable problem of the novelist who writes from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy'. Murray covers well O'Connor's dogged efforts to develop her writing craft and the personal suffering that lay at the basis of her vision of life. At age 25 she was diagnosed with lupus and died from this fatal disease at 39 in 1964. Her journey through the suffering and her delight in the small things of her confined final years on the rural Georgia homestead named Andalusia - her pheasants, chickens and her garden - are all here. She wrote in her last year " Sickness before death is a very appropriate thing and people who don't have it miss one of God's mercies." Best of all, Murray presents Flannery O'Connor in her full humanity - bright, humorous and a profound believer. The anecdotes, witty remarks and thoughtful judgments abound. Admirers of Flannery O'Connor will find this book a wonderful visit with this gifted and saintly woman, the Abbess of Andalusia."--thecatholicworld.com
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