Carson McCullers was all of twenty-three when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." Available now for the first time on audio from Caedmon and HarperAudio, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.Richard Wright was astonished by McCullers's ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." Hers is a humanity that touches all who come to her work, whether for the first time or, as so many do, time and time again. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, most enduring best.Performed by Cherry Jones
I typically like this type of fiction, but I have found this book very difficult to get through.
Good Grief... BORING. This was awful, the dialogue was terrible,the hokey venacular, the weird fragmented thoughts... I couldn't even get half way thru it and I returned it.
I finished this book only because I have the sometimes unfortunate habit of finishing whatever I start. And probably to consume my suspicions that I was consuming a doughnut hole. A whole lot of pretty much nothing happens that might not have happened in any southern dysfunctional town of the day. And aren't most towns and families and people dysfunctional on some level? In my mind's eye of the artist I am not, I can sum this book up in about five mini-portraits of the most interesting things that happened. The rest was just filler that felt pretty unstructured - I guess, one could argue, like life. I could probably have written a great paper on this in college about the existential disconnect of everyday existence embodied in the main character, magnified by the personal take each satellite character imposes on him, based on their own beef with the world. However, it's not a book I'd recommend anyone pick up for sheer pleasure.