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so many books, so little time

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Ice
Anna Kavan
Wittgenstein's Nephew
David McLintock, Thomas Bernhard

3 by Flannery O'Connor: The Violent Bear It Away / Everything That Rises Must Converge / Wise Blood

3 by Flannery O'Connor: The Violent Bear It Away / Everything That Rises Must Converge / Wise Blood - Flannery O'Connor, Sally Fitzgerald Faulkner and other Southern Gothic writers--yes. Brutal, sharp, sinister, even depressing writing--yes. Unlikeable characters--not a problem. O'Connor? Fraid not. I'm from well above the Mason-Dixon (and now far west of it) where it isn't so rare to find versions of her characters in poor, rural, conservative areas, so I can't buy that her heavy-handedness is simply some Southern thing that she's getting across.

While her writing technically is good and she's had a great influence on the American short story, she's just not my thing. I like less of a sneer and far more mercy with my fiction.

After getting through Wise Blood and Everything That Rises Must Converge, I decided I'd had enough.