Free download Complete Novels The Heart Is a Lonely HunterReflections in a Golden EyeThe Ballad of the Sad CafeThe Member of the WeddingClock Without Hands
When The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter was published in 1940 Carson McCullers was instantly recognized as one of the most promising writers of her generation The novels that followed established her as a master of Southern Gothic McCullers' gift writes Joyce Carol Oates was to evoke through an accumulation of images and musically repeated phrases the singularity of experience not to pass judgment on it McCullers effortlessly conveyed the raw anguish of her characters and the weird beauty of their perceptions Set in sma. Some 68 years have passed since the publication of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter At first I noticed the rather old style writing where for instance in introducing a character every physical detail about that character is set forth directly a style we seldom see in current fiction I soon stopped noticing that though and fell into the rhythm of this superb writer's attentive prose and her insightful and haunting depiction of the misfits and outcasts of the American South during the depression era These characters John Singer a deaf mute and the central figure in this story Mick Kelly a 14 year old free spirited girl enthralled with music and the songs in her head Jack Blount a drunken drifter who espouses an unpopular communistic philosophy Dr Copeland a well educated and outspoken black man living with the disappointment of his children's lesser ambitions and Biff Brannon who owns and tends the New York Cafe where all come to eat drink and mingle though seldom communicate could be any of us living and struggling with our modern demons here in the 21st century This is a story the encapsulates the conditions of the Depression Era in American history with all its despair upheaval and uncertainty Yet it transcends that period in its social commentary on civil rights politics religion family relations physical disabilities pending wars spousal abuse co dependency aging loneliness and the need to love and be loved These issues are timeless as are the character traits of self absorption and isolation which these individuals embody in ample uantitiesThis is not a sentimental story nor is it particularly uplifting in its realistic perspective It does not end on a happy note or even a conclusive one I found it a thoroughly satisfying read but I know many might not The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is an insightful revealing and unapologetic look at the innermost workings of disparate characters living as we all do day to day It is a reflection of life as it often is with little adornment and much complexity
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Lections in a Golden Eye 1941 and The Ballad of the Sad Café 1943 use melodramatic scenarios and freakish characters to explore the disfiguring violence of desire The Member of the Wedding 1946 on which the play and film were based tells of a young girl's fascination with her brother's wedding and is perhaps McCullers' most moving and accomplished novel In Clock Without Hands 1960 the story of a terminally ill druggist McCullers produces some of her most forceful and indignant social criticism Edited by Carlos De. He waited for the black terrible anger as though for some beast out of the night But it did not come to him His bowels seemed weighted with lead and he walked slowly and lingered against fences and the cold wet walls of buildings by the way Descent into the depths until at last there was no further chasm below He touched the solid bottom of despair and there took ease The Heart is a Lonely HunterRead The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and if you also fall in love with these characters the brilliant little imp tomboys and the enraged intelligent black men then sit longer with these lesser known works of McCullers Her stories may be despairing but the characters that she animates are complex and wonderful A joy to find an American book from the 40s with great instincts and ideas on gender race class without being a self consciously 'political work'
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Ll Georgia towns that are at once precisely observed and mythically resonant McCullers' novels explore the strange sometimes grotesue inner lives of characters who are often marginal and misunderstood Above all McCullers possessed an unmatched ability to capture the bewilderment and fragile wonder of adolescence In The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter an enigmatic deaf mute draws out the haunted confessions of an itinerant worker a young girl a black doctor and the widowed owner of a small town café Two shorter works Ref. Novel read in this collection The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Like The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and surely the other novels in this collection I have not read The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is unhurried tender spare and infinitely lonesome The Killing Of Katie Steelstock precisely observed and mythically resonant McCullers' novels explore the strange sometimes grotesue inner lives of characters who are often marginal and misunderstood Above all McCullers Birthday possessed an unmatched ability to capture the bewilderment and fragile wonder of adolescence In The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter an enigmatic deaf mute draws out the haunted confessions of an itinerant worker a young girl a black doctor and the widowed owner of a small town café Two shorter works Ref. Novel read in this collection The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Like The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and surely the other novels in this collection I have not read The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is unhurried tender spare and infinitely lonesome