Next Up: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
I’m excited about reading this book.
Only having read short previews of The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, the novel reminds me of To Kill A Mockingbird. That may or may not prove to be true, but I’m definitely intrigued.
The story is about a deaf, mute man named John Singer, a 13-year-old girl named Mick Kelly, and the people they encounter in a small Georgia town in the 1930s.
Some quick facts about The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter and Carson McCullers:
- Published in 1940, this is Carson McCullers debut novel.
- The novel set the thematic tone for McCullers’ later work, most of which also focused on the misfits and forgotten people of society.
- In addition to being on the Time list, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was ranked 17th of the top 100 on the Modern Library list and was also a 2004 selection in Oprah’s Book Club.
- The novel was adapted into a film in 1968, starring Alan Arkin and Cicely Tyson.
- Some of McCullers “writer friends” included Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
- McCullers suffered from health issues, depression, and alcoholism her entire life. She passed away from a stroke in 1967.
Again, I’m looking forward to this one. It’s nice to take a break from graphic prison violence and alcoholic priests and take a literary visit to small-town Georgia.
Any thoughts on this novel?