The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | August 1, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is rated 2.125 out of 5 by 8.
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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Published: August 1, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0547346654

ISBN - 13: 9780547346656

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Don't listen to the other reviews - this is an excellent, heartbreaking, profound and intelligent book, written with a strong sense of both loneliness and compassion. The novel centers around a young girl, a small-town diner owner, a black doctor and a socialist, who all have their own interactions with a lonely mute man. This is a powerful novel about isolation, friendship, and the ways in which we are all lonely, despite our efforts to interact with others. Yes, it is depressing, but it is never boring. McCullers writes with startling depth and humanity. Read it!
Date published: 2006-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok The book is very depressing, but has its good points.
Date published: 2006-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get into it I'm an avid reader and I have probably read hundreds and hundreds of books in my life but I could not get into this one. I tried. I failed. I fell asleep on it. My mind wandered. I got bored. I'd try again. I made it through the first few chapters by force and then gave up. I can't recommened it from my own perspective. Maybe others will like it. I found it very dull and tiresome.
Date published: 2006-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I snoozed but didn't lose! My goodness did this book put me to sleep! I like to read before going to be but this just put me to bed. I agree with everyone else the story is all over the place - i forget or can't figure out what is happening on one page! Pass this one over - actually if you have trouble sleeping this is a good aid!
Date published: 2005-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dreadful ! Poorly written, comparable to a grade nine essay. No checking back on facts, one minute the mute is drinking a beer, in the same scene he is now drinking a coffee slowly. I gave up during the third chapter.
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I could barely get through the first quarter of the book. I had to force myself to read on to see if it would get better. It didn't. I'm surprised that this book is on Oprah's list. I usually love the books on Oprah's list, but this one was so uninteresting. Disappointed.
Date published: 2005-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh?!?! Never finished it tho.... I could put this book down! I was hard for me to even keep awake while reading this book. The story line goes from one character to another character then back to the first character and so on....It was really hard to understand what was happening. You can buy this book and then tell me cuz I am not finishing it.
Date published: 2005-04-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Heart is a Lonely Hunter I just cannot finish this book. I found it too descriptive and not very interesting.
Date published: 2005-01-16

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

by Carson McCullers

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 1, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547346654

ISBN - 13: 9780547346656

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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.