The heart is a lonely hunter
"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" was published in the spring of 1940, and was immediately a literary sensation. Carson McCullers was only twenty-three years old, had lived in a small southern town for most of her life, and this was her first novel. But she had read widely in Dostoevsky, Gogol, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Eugene O'Neill, and her knowledge and insight into her characters transcended her real experience.
Mick Kelly, the adolescent at the center of this strange and brooding novel, is very much the girl McCullers had been in Georgia -- passionately musical, and attracted to freaks and outcasts. Mick's spiritual kinship with John Singer, a deaf mute, and with other social misfits, provides a haunting look into the abyss encountered by human beings in their attempts at love.
Years later, McCullers's friend Tennessee Williams wrote that she "owned the heart and the deep understanding of it, but in addition she had that 'tongue of angels' that gave her power to sing of it, to make of it an anthem."
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Review: The Heart Is a Lonely HunterUser Review - Steve aka Sckenda - Goodreads
“Whoever has an ear to hear, let him hear.” John Singer is a deaf-mute who walks the streets of his city at night. Singer attracts “lonely hunters,” who like Narcissus, see their own image reflected ... Read full review
Review: The Heart is a Lonely HunterUser Review - Richard - Goodreads
Rating: 4.99* of five The Publisher Says: 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 ... Read full review
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