Book Reviews by Flannery O'Connor
Reviewed by Flannery O’Connor, March 31, 1956
In a critical essay called “Nature and Grace in Caroline Gordon,” Louise Cowan has written that “though the surface of her novels… moves toward destruction and despair, the current in their depths moves in a strangely different direction.” In her latest novel, “The Malefactors,” this current comes openly to the surface and is seen as the sudden emergence of the underground . . .
Reviewed by Flannery O’Connor, May 3, 1958
Spokesman for the deliver-us-from-gloom school of Catholicism criticism have found that this novel commits the unpardonable sin: it is depressing. It presents the situation of a young girl, innocent and lacking all spiritual resources, who conceives a passion for a man who not only cannot love her but gradual realization of evil until the point when, penetrated by what . . .
Reviewed by Flannery O’Connor, November 27, 1963
Mr. Powers’ novel, long awaited, has arrived and it is a fine novel, altogether better than the chapters published separately in the New Yorker, the Critic, and Esquire had led to expect. These chapters were marked by a certain sameness that brooded no good for the future book, but the whole proves to be greater than the sum of its parts and . . .
Reviewed by Flannery O’Connor, December 12, 1959
The Devil’s Advocate is a swiftly moving novel concerned with a priest’s return to spiritual reality in the last few months of his life. Msgr. Meridith, dying of cancer, is sent to a small Italian mountain village to investigate for beatification a man murdered fourteen years before by Communist partisans. In the course of his investigation, he learns to care . . .