The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 31/08/2000
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers' exquisite first novel is a remarkable study of intersecting lives in a Deep South mill town, staged just before the Second World War. Wit... READ MORE


In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together. Early every morning they would come out from the house where they lived and walk arm in arm down the street to work Carson McCullers' prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the Deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature. The owner of the cafe where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry socialist drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways the could never imagine. Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love. A powerful exploration of alienation and loneliness in 1930s America, published in Penguin Modern Classics. Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the critically acclaimed author of several popular novels in the 1940s and '50s, including The Member of the Wedding (1946), adapted for the stage in the 1950s and filmed in 1952 and 1997. Her novels frequently depicted life in small towns of the south-eastern United States and were marked by themes of loneliness and spiritual isolation. Other films based on her books are Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967, with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968, starring Alan Arkin) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991, starring Vanessa Redgrave). If you enjoyed The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, you might like Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'She has examined the heart of man with an understanding ...that no other writer can hope to surpass' Tennessee Williams 'A remarkable book ...[McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming' - The New York Times

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141185224
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 247g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
As a young person, I have full access to vast amounts of literature every day. After 17 years of reading, I can firmly say that this was one of the most be... READ MORE
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Loneliness in a town in the Deep South
Carson McCullers was only twenty-three when her first novel was published in 1940. “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” is a quite remarkable story of lonelines... READ MORE
Douglas Tallack
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
I can see why people love it, but I can also see why some people don’t.
It has been 77 years since its publication, and it is still read widely today. It is loved by many, and has been loved for a long time. It is difficult to ... READ MORE
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Not a modern classic
This was a book from which I expected much but gained little. The dreary opening, depressing narrative voice and stolid characterisation, meant that it qui... READ MORE
Ian C