kamip72, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by kamip72)
Carson McCullers is brilliant! The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter fills you with a sense of humanity, love and compassion like no other, we should all be so fortunate to have a John Singer in our lives. A truly remarkable tale.
nikkikaram, January 25, 2012 (view all comments by nikkikaram)
"The people dreamed and fought and slept as much as ever. And by habit they shortened their thoughts so that they would not wander out into the darkness beyond tomorrow."
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is as beautiful as the title suggests. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring, and both of those waters run so deep in this book. I have never read a novel that so perfectly captures what it feels like to have an urgent, burning, singular dream of a thing you want to do in your life, and if things were different you could do it, but they aren't different, and so you can't.
That's the heartbreaking part. The inspiring part is having the dream to begin with; the central characters each have the rare capacity to experience that kind of love, and not only that, but they each make the decision to keep experiencing that love, despite the "darkness beyond tomorrow" that they sense is probably inescapable.
Look for the description of Mick's violin. If you haven't surrendered to this book by then, Mick's violin will.
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Grandmamaher, October 30, 2008 (view all comments by Grandmamaher)
I have not read this book; I don't even own it yet. But, from the title, and the synopsis, it sounds like a very encouraging book. One that would be a positive influence on anybody who has a handicap, whether it be hearing, sight, or anything else.
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by Richard Wright, The New Republic,
"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."
by The Nation,
"McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory."
by The Boston Globe,
"[McCullers] writes with a calm and factual realism, and with a deep and abiding insight into human psychology. She does so without an iota of vulgarity and bawdiness, in a manner which many a present day novelist would do well to study."
by May Sarton,
"When one puts [this book] down, it is with...a feeling of having been nourished by the truth."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty....Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures."
by Chicago Tribune,
"There is not only the delicately sensed need that one might expect youth to know but an even more delicately sensed ironic knowledge."
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