This is an audio recording of a scene from Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood. Hazel Motes, a tormented and blinded preacher of the fledgling “Church Without Christ” is persistently haunted by that “ragged figure who moves from tree to tree in the back of his mind” — a figure he tries to escape, yet can’t. In this scene Hazel Motes is living in a rooming house and the landlady is increasingly drawn in by her peculiar tenant. She’s mesmerised by the odd, sickly, distracted figure — eventually, she’s transfixed by him to the neglect of all other things.
Read by: Christopher Adam
The recording was produced by sound engineer Jeremy Storey of Storey Book Studios in Ottawa, Canada. For my full book review of Wise Blood, see here.
The feature illustration is cover art from the 1979 movie Wise Blood directed by John Huston.