Novel by Flannery O'Connor, published in 1952.
A 22-year-old soldier, Hazel Motes, upon being released from the army because of a wound, makes his way to his home state of Tennessee. There he founds a Church Without Christ, not only in revolt against his grandfather, a preacher, but in opposition to Asa Hawkes, a religious charlatan who pretends to be blind. Hazel's follower, Hoover Shoates, who calls himself Onnie Jay Holy, comes to champion a rival prophet of the Church Without Christ. After killing the false prophet by running him down with an auto, Hazel blinds himself, stops preaching, tortures himself, sickens, and dies.
Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).
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Flannery O'Connor (1925—1964) American novelist and short-story writer