I like his eyes

This is a quote from the book Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor.

I just found out that Flannery O’Connor was quite blatantly racist. I don’t think it’s fair to simply say she’s a product of her times (she was alive and writing at the same time as James Baldwin!). I do think her environment, Southern USA, had a huge influence on her beliefs.

Here’s a good article on how racist Flannery O’Connor was from The New Yorker.

Quote by Flannery O’Connor, “I like his eyes. They don’t look like they see what he’s looking at but they keep on looking.”

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below!

If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt from the book here and here.

Wise Blood – Summary

Here is the book summary from Goodreads:

Flannery O’Connor’s haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom

Wise Blood, Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a blind street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with wise blood, who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes’s existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction.

Copyright © 1968 by Flannery O’Connor.

You can find more details here on Goodreads and on StoryGraph.

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