The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Oprah's Book Club) by Carson McCullers Paperback Book

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Author: Carson McCullers

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Published: Apr 2004

Genre: Fiction - General

Retail Price: $15.99

Pages: 359

Synopsis

With the publication of her first novel, THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated -- and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability 'to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness.' She writes 'with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming,' said the NEW YORK TIMES. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

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Reviews

BookLender review by Amber on 2007-05-07 16:13:20

I typically like this type of fiction, but I have found this book very difficult to get through.

BookLender review by RAEGAN HEBERT on 2020-01-30 14:00:36

Disappointed. Especially after seeing it was part of Oprah's book club. I couldn't even finish it.

BookLender review by RENEE on 2008-10-26 14:10:30

Good Grief... BORING. This was awful, the dialogue was terrible,the hokey venacular, the weird fragmented thoughts... I couldn't even get half way thru it and I returned it.