The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2000
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"To me the most impressive aspect of THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice of those of her own race. This cannot be accounted for stylistically or politically; it seems to stem from an attitude toward life." -- Richard Wright "When one puts [this book] down, it is with . . . a feeling of having been nourished by the truth." --May Sarton "A remarkable book . . . [McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming." The New York Times "Quite remarkable . . . McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory." The Nation "To me the most impressive aspect of 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter' is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice as those of her own race." -- Richard Wright New Republic "One cannot help remarking that this is an extraordinary novel to have been written by a young woman of twenty-two; but the more important fact is that it is an extraordinary novel in its own right, considerations of authorship apart." -- Saturday Review of Literature Saturday Review "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty . . . Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures." The New York Times Book Review "Sensitively conceived and expertly told . . . Its quality as writing and the intensity of its theme combine to make it one of the outstanding novels of recent years." --Times-Picayune "Besides telling a good story, the author has peopled it with a small group of characters so powerfully drawn as to linger long in memory." Philadelphia Inquirer "[McCullers] writes with a calm and factual realism, and with a deep and abiding insight into human psychology. She does so without anr
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'She has examined the heart of man with an understanding... that no other writer can hope to surpass' -TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Carson McCullers's prodigious first novel was published to instart 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 lonely deafmute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature. The owner of the cafe where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out of Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lived in ways they could never imagine...
Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness the human need for understanding and our search for love.
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BUT, as with many Amazon e-books, the quality of the printing is unacceptably poor.
Errors are numerous and, less than half way through the book, I've started to log them:
"car" instead of ear
"fed" instead of feel
"die" instead of the
"The" instead of . The
"I" instead of !
And I expect to be faced with more irritating mistakes that have to be unravelled in context.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH AND MUST DO BETTER!
"Naive?" The characters are naive, either because they don't know exactly what it is they want, or how to achieve it. I would say that this naivety is an achievement; I find it remarkable, for example, how the author puts me inside the mind of a 12 year-old tomboy.
The novel is obviously about longing, and while the characters may perceive their own lives as "tediously slow", I find that I share their various kinds of longing, and that I become every bit as much a "hunter" as the characters (restless, hungry). I have read it breathlessly; the fact that I have been able to do so is due to the fact that it is so well-written that I sometimes almost forget that I'm reading at all.
McCullers was 23 when she wrote this. A gob-smacking achievement.
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