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by Carson McCullers

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I've heard so much about this book and had no idea what to expect. There were some places where the repetition got to me, but overall I enjoyed the characters. I was so sad about what happened to Singer. Actually a lot of the book was sad. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Jan 27, 2019 |
Touching book with amazing characters. ( )
  melosomelo | Jan 25, 2019 |
Read in the seventies for English class to accompany the movie. I will confess that I meant to read it again, because I really don't remember a thing, other than it was kind of depressing.
  librisissimo | Jan 8, 2019 |
After ready many glowing reviews of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, I finally set out to read it. I nearly called it quits after the first chapter or so, because the pace seemed to drag. I stuck it out, though, and am so glad I did. The book is as good as everyone says it is, and the pace works itself out. This is a complex story written with characters and situations that on the surface might seem simplistic. Of course, they are not, and a point-counterpoint of dualities weaves its way back and forth and throughout the story. Everything ties together so nicely -- not just the story, but the themes, the struggles, the rhythm, the music -- and so imprecisely that somehow it all manages to balance itself. ( )
  dldbizacct | Sep 30, 2018 |
It is, of course, a great book, and a terrific example of Southern Gothic. Put it on the shelf next to Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. But it is so sad, so hopeless. I kept looking for a ray of light at the end, but never found one. McCullers was only 23 when it was published, and the sense of adolescent despair is palpable. No one can despair like a nineteen year old. ( )
  JanetNoRules | Sep 17, 2018 |
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No matter what the age of its author, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" would be a remarkable book. When one reads that Carson McCullers is a girl of 22 it becomes more than that. Maturity does not cover the quality of her work. It is something beyond that, somthing more akin to the vocation of pain to which a great poet is born. Reading her, one feels this girl is wrapped in knowledge which has roots beyond the span of her life and her experience. How else can she so surely plumb the hearts of characters as strange and, under the force of her creative shaping, as real as she presents—two deaf mutes, a ranting, rebellious drunkard, a Negro torn from his faith and lost in his frustrated dream of equality, a restaurant owner bewildered by his emotions, a girl of 13 caught between the world of people and the world of shadows.

Carson McCullers is a full-fledged novelist whatever her age. She writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming. "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is a first novel. One anticipates the second with something like fear. So high is the standard she has set. It doesn't seem possible that she can reach it again.
 

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I'm Singer, you're blue.
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With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.
Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the NEW YORK TIMES. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

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With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the New York Times. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.… (more)

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