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Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor

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ETRMC book cover LOST Book Club - LBC

SPOILER NOTICE - YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID THIS BLOG UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK

"Everything That Rises Must Converge" is a collection of short stories written by Flannery O'Connor during her final illness.

The story after which the collection is named is about a man and his mother riding an integrated bus in the South, and their clashing views of the world around them.

LOST Reference

5x16 Jacob reads a book

This is the book Jacob was reading moments before John Locke falls out an 8-story window. "The Incident, Part 1"

The Author

Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short-story writer and essayist

Quote

"Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge"

-French philosopher Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, "Omega Point"

The Stories

  • "Everything That Rises Must Converge"
  • "Greenleaf"
  • "A View of the Woods"
  • "The Enduring Chill"
  • "The Comforts of Home"
  • "The Lame Shall Enter First"
  • "Revelation"
  • "Parker's Back"
  • "Judgment Day"

Discussion Points

  • What is unique about the setting of these story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.


For any LOST Book Club/LBC suggestions or ideas please post on my talk page.


Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 05:29, August 2, 2010 (UTC)

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