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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618526413 (0618526412)
ASIN: 618526412
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 359
Edition language: English
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Portable Monsters
Portable Monsters rated it
2.0 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ★★☆☆☆
I can see why some people love this book. It's a great book for people who like this sort of thing. But all the characters are sad and lonely and want to connect with others, but that connection mostly means a sort of selfish wallowing in their own needs with the one unselfish guy who they use as a ...
Moonlight Murder
Moonlight Murder rated it
5.0 Staking a claim for immortality
Title: The Heart Is A Lonely HunterAuthor: Carson McCullersDate Published: 1940Page: 359 Plot Summary: Carson McCullers’ prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lo...
Moonlight Murder
Moonlight Murder rated it
Full response to come, but for now, I'll just say that this book broke me.
Muriellerites
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4.0 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Set in the American south of the 1940’s, Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, deals with the spiritual and emotional aloneness of people who are misfits. Biff, the generous Café owner who wears his dead wife’s perfume and collects old newspapers; Mick, the young girl who lives in her inne...
wjmcomposer
wjmcomposer rated it
4.0 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Considered a Southern Gothic classic, McCullers addresses the struggles of poverty and race in a 1930's mill town, focusing on several characters and explored by way of short episodes.A great deal of ink has been spilt over various observations and theories related to this book, so I'll not try to a...
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