In Her Own Voice: Flannery O’Connor Reads Aloud A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

This recording will add tremendously to the reader’s understanding of this classic story. Straight from the horse’s mouth, a great author in her own voice tells the story in the way she wanted it to be heard and interpreted.

This was the voice in her head as she wrote it, revised it and fine-tuned and tweaked it to perfection.

Warning: Her thick Georgia accent may be somewhat unintelligible and a problem initially for some listeners. If it is for you, listen to it a few more times, perhaps while following along with the print edition, and you will get it fully and acquire insights unavailable otherwise. The extra effort is eminently worth it. It will increase your appreciation and understanding of the story exponentially.

In a few days I will offer here several posts exploring and analyzing it, to see if we might by close reading discover what it is that makes it a masterpiece, why it “works” so well and what makes it so effective and unforgettable.



About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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3 Responses to In Her Own Voice: Flannery O’Connor Reads Aloud A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

  1. Joshua Long says:

    Thanks for this. Great story. Found this on the cliffs notes sit after listening , “The kind of vision the fiction writer needs to have, or to develop, in order to increase the meaning of his story is called anagogical vision, and that is the kind of vision that is able to see different levels of reality in one image or situation.”


  2. Thank you for following my blog. I liked the subtitle of yours: Reporting from the Busy Intersection of Literature and Life. Makes one want to visit frequently. Also I appreciate your “rules” on reviews. I have to believe it never occurs to some, giving and receiving should be equal parts of a relationship.


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