After being discharged from service in the Second World War, Hazel Motes takes up residence in Taulkinham, Tennessee. Directionless, Motes meets a number of strange locals, and his encounters with them, along with his growing mental instability, lead him to found the Church of God Without Christ in which he preaches his disjointed message about atheism.
Wise Blood was author Flannery O’Connor’s first novel and is an important example of Southern Gothic fiction. The Guardian named it one of the top 100 novels of all time in 2003.
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Bronson Pinchot turns in a virtuosic performance of O'Connor's darkly comic classic first novel. After serving a stint in the army, Hazel Motes finds himself adrift, alone, and rent by spiritual confusion. Pinchot's narration is superb: dynamic, well paced, and infused with a perfect Southern drawl. Instead of simply creating voices for the characters, Pinchot embodies them. His Hazel is nasty, nasally, and angry; his Enoch Emery boasts a congested twang; and the entire cast is likewise brought to life by Pinchot's precise and perceptive characterizations and his brilliant evocation of O'Conner's grotesqueries. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux paperback.