"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" was Carson McCullers' first novel, written in 1940. Set in a small town in the American South, it is the story of a group of people who have little in common except that they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic deaf mute, whose presence ...
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" was Carson McCullers' first novel, written in 1940. Set in a small town in the American South, it is the story of a group of people who have little in common except that they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic deaf mute, whose presence changes their lives. This powerful exploration of alienation is both moving and perceptive.
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The most startling and wondrous novel I have encountered in quite some time. McCullers writes like some child prodigy who is inventing the form as she goes along, tossing off observations of human behavior and environment that would seem extraneous, or simply odd, in any one else's work and here seem as natural and harmonious as the elements of a great (sad) song.
Jun 10, 2010
This is a monumental achievement, which should be on any serious reader's list.
Jan 11, 2009
would only recommend to certain people
Definitely character driven. I'm just not a fan of Oprah's choices. SOOO depressing. I'm having a hard time rating this one. I did not particularly care for the story yet the author did a great job of portraying isolation and loneliness. Hence, a wishy washy three star review.
May 26, 2007
Great intelligent and moving novel. Highly recommended. The presence of music, the social problems within South communities, but above all the loneliness of the lovers, are extremely interesting if seen through McCullers' lens. Provocative novel.
Apr 1, 2007
Great book. Very easy to read and hard to put down. Highly recommended.
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