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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Oprah's Book Club) (original 1940; edition 2004)

by Carson McCullers

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Title:The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Oprah's Book Club)
Authors:Carson McCullers
Info:Mariner (2004), Edition: 1, Paperback, 368 pages
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940)

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An unforgettable table of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930's
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
Wow. I think I'm in love. ( )
  Hank_Kirton | Apr 25, 2019 |
I really wish I could rate this book higher, but the honest truth is that is just sort of meandered around for over 300 pages and nobody lived happily ever after, or learned anything, or achieved anything.

What people remember most about it, of course, is the deaf-mute character John Singer, who is befriended by each of the other four main characters -- an African-American doctor who exhorts his friends and family to seek out education and self-improvement, an itinerant white labor organizer, a young girl struggling to grow up in a family teetering on the brink of poverty, and the owner of an all-night restaurant. Each of these characters tells Singer their deepest secrets and desires, and each sees reflected back from him the validation of those desires.

There is an uncanny prescience in the book, written in 1940, with the doctor proposing a march of black people on Washington D.C., for the purpose of drawing attention to the injustices laid on them by their society. But overall, it's a depressing tale without much else to recommend it. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Apr 22, 2019 |
Du hoster litt av støvet og blir litt svett av varmen. Du senser kanskje noe av den innestengte kraften hos noen og hører litt fra drømmene deres. En kafé, et losjihus, noen losjerende og deres liv og død. Den døvstumme, kommunisten, den sorte kjemperen og mange andre omgir hovedpersonen som drar fra jente til ung voksen. Det er som om den døv-stumme på sitt vis har båret alles drømmer, ambisjoner og lengsler idet de mange oppsøker hans lytting. Vi er i de amerikanske sør-statene før 2.verdenskrig, et Amerika med store sosiale forskjeller, noen ti-år før Rosa Parks. Nyttige briller for 2000-tallets USA.
  lestrond | Apr 21, 2019 |
Can't believe I didn't read this for any of my lit classes in college, but somehow it slipped by me. We did read Member of the Wedding, maybe
because it was shorter. Anyway, I picked this up at Costco and look forward to reading it soon.
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
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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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