The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

McCullers, Carson

Book - 1993
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1993
Edition: 1993 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679424741
Characteristics: ix, 430 p. ;,19 cm


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In a small Southern town, Mick Kelly, a strange young girl, observes the people around her - the damned, the voiceless and the rejected, while on her own intense personal search for beauty.

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Jan 14, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At first it started out good and when we got to the narration of Mick, I really enjoyed it because it felt like "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", but unfortunately it wasn't narrated by Mick the whole time and frankly I just didn't care much about the other characters, except for Singer. It wasn't a bad book by any means, it was just too slow and boring at times for me to really feel much about it. I still like the "Southern" genre though.

Jun 18, 2014

A sad start but it looks like there will be good character development. Only a few chapters into it so far.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

While unrelentingly somber and sad, this classic of literature is so full of ideas that it would take a longer essay just to list them. I'll just say that communication is so, so important for us to achieve even a minimum of understanding among all people. Ms. McCullers book is loaded with fully realized and vivid characters. That is not an easy thing create, in this reader's opinion. I am very happy that my recent book club assignment was this book.

Jun 03, 2012
  • bonjourhola85 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While there were some interesting themes and I was excited in the first chapter, the book was overall very slow moving, had no real climax. I enjoy reading and always finish books I start but it sure was a struggle this time.

Jan 26, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm finally finishing my reading assignment from 30 years ago. Glad I did. Carson McCullers was 23 when she wrote this book, unbelievable. I read somewhere that before she went to bed each night, she pointed her shoes in the direction of New York.

One of those stories where you'll never forget the characters - Mick Kelly, Mr. Singer are perfectly drawn. Lots of great themes.

Nov 08, 2007
  • Cabby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting but I was surprised that it was an Oprah book as well as on the Random House and Time Magazine top 100 books of all times.


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