Clock Without Hands (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 24 Apr 1986
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About the Author
Carson McCullers was born in 1917. She is the critically acclaimed author of several popular novels in the 1940s and '50s, including The Member of the Wedding (1946). Her novels frequently depicted life in small towns of the southeastern United States and were marked by themes of loneliness and spiritual isolation. McCullers suffered from ill health most of her adult life, including a series of strokes that began when she was in her 20s; she died at the age of 50. The Member of the Wedding was dramatized for the stage in the 1950s and filmed in 1952 and 1997. Other films based on her books are Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967, with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968, starring Alan Arkin) and The Ballad of the Sad Café (1991).
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"He would examine a green-leaved elm tree with morbid attention as he picked a flake of sooty bark. The lamp post, the wall, the tree would exist when he was dead and the thought was loathsome to Malone...he was unable to acknowledge the reality of approaching death, and the conflict led to a sense of ubiquitous unreality."
His tale is punctuated by those of three other men: his friend, Judge Clane, an elderly conservative, struggling with the side-effects of a stroke and his son's suicide, and yearning to return to the days of slavery; Clane's teenage grandson, Jester, with very different ideas of equality. And Sherman, the blue-eyed Negro youth, whom Clane inexplicably takes into his house as a sort of secretary...
McCullers draws each of the characters so that they are completely believable - I loved the prickly relationship between the two youths; Sherman's efforts to look important and put down the privileged Jester:
"What other music do you like? Personally I adore music, passionately, I mean. Last winter I learned the 'Winter Wind' etude. "
"I bet you didn't", Sherman said, unwilling to share his musical laurels with another.
"Do you think I would sit here and tell you a lie about the 'Winter Wind' etude?" said Jester who never lied under any circumstances.
"How would I know?" answered Sherman, who was one of the world's worst liars.
Brilliant portrayal of teenagers talking, put me in mind of JD Salinger. But also of the bumptious, self-important Judge and of the meek pharmacist wondering if this life was all there was. Fantastic.
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Read all her books. To miss one is to deprive oneself of awe and wonder.
2015 and We are still facing violence and rage
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