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Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Wise Blood,” writes Flannery O’Connor in an introduction to the novel,”was written by an author congenitally innocent of theory, but one with certain preoccupations.”  O'Connor continues, “That belief in Christ is to some a matter of life and death has been a stumbling block for some readers who would prefer to think it a matter of no great consequence.” Hazel Motes, proud, lonely, and fierce, preaches the good news of salvation without Christ. But despite Motes’ professed convictions, he remains haunted by Christ.

© Flannery O’Connor | Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First edition