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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?

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  1. Let my love open the door.

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    April 3, 2012
  2. I wish I could get and read the book.

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    April 3, 2012
  3. I love this book. I listened to it on audiobook and really enjoyed it. I’m also a fan of Tennessee Williams and dark southern literature about the outcasts of society. This is the only book I’ve read of McCullers’. I am interested if you see any parallels to the modern occupy movement. Some things never change.

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    April 3, 2012
  4. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I can see the similarities at least surface wise to Harper Lee. I think McCullers is generally much darker. Bought it to re-read last summer, so I think you’ve just jolted me into action. Thanks.

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    April 3, 2012
    • Definitely a little darker than Lee, but not near as dark as many of the other novels I’ve read on this list. At least yet.

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      April 3, 2012
  5. Now that it has been brought to my attention, I think I remember the 1968 movie. oops, I might not be old enough to remember anything from 1968 😉
    I can’t wait to hear /read what you have to say about The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.

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    April 3, 2012
  6. She is much darker than Lee. I fell in love with the book for the first 100 pages, but further along, decided it was the most horrible book ever written. She’s a great writer and I appreciate what she did, but that one book was enough for me. I am still getting through certain nightmares about ice houses…

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    April 3, 2012
    • Ice houses? I’m not there yet. Around 100 pages in and it’s fairly pleasant so far, other than the obnoxious drunk guy.

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      April 3, 2012
  7. I found it to be very psychologically intriguing and a defined study into the writer as well and as usual.

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    April 3, 2012
  8. If I remember correctly, I really liked this book. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on it.

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    April 4, 2012
  9. esthermo #

    loved this book.
    McCullers is a master, in my opinion, of local color.
    And while her style is simple, it’s startingly clear and provacotive.

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    April 12, 2012

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