THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers
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THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER

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Note from Kirkus' Vintage Review Editor:

As Wilton Barnhardt's sharp novel of Southern mores, Lookaway, Lookaway gets released this week, it's time to remember a classic Southern novel, Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, which we called "strange and powerful" (and perhaps incorrectly) "impossible to sell" when it was published in 1940.



KIRKUS REVIEW

A strange and powerful book, standing quite apart from anything I can recall. The scene is a small Southern mill town; the central figure is a mute, a quiet, tolerant man to whom four people turn to express their individual hopes and beliefs. His very silence endows him in their eyes with a godlike quality; his human fallibilities are shut within his silence. There is a Negro doctor, struggling for the elevation of his race; there is an agitator, trying to show the world the injustices of the capitalistic system; there is an appealing girl of twelve, whose gift for music is frustrated by poverty and ignorance. The close of the book is confessed defeat for all. Direct, uncompromising, a distinguished piece of writing whose very subject matter will make it almost impossible to sell.
Pub Date: June 4th, 1940
ISBN: 0618526412
Page count: 372pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1940




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