Saturday, December 28, 2013

Beautiful and moving, but short

A Prayer JournalA Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I should not complain about how little there is here in terms of what this journal covers, especially since what is here in terms of content is so wonderful. But I cannot help feeling there is and should be more.

Written during O'Connor's time at Yaddo, her journal does cover an important time in her writing life (and thus in American literary history), but also her development as a spiritual person, the part many modern readers would like to do without. But we see raw emotion and desire for God as it is not seen in her other writings (including her brilliant letters). We also see a Keats-like passion to be a significant writer and for that writing to do something good in the world.

A Prayer Journal is beautifully written and moving.

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