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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Jul 16, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: southern-literature
read count: 2

A well rounded view of the rural south. Plenty of bad things and bad people but also good ones and thoughtful ones. The initial style is rather abrupt as many potential stories are started but the loose ends not tied up so that all the characters can be heard. By the end you are so caught up in the story you do not notice the author's style.

Reread 7/15/2013
The would be labor agitator, revolutionary, knocks his head against the indifference and willful ignorance of lint-heads. The sophisticated, well-educated Negro (in his own words) doctor despairs of arousing his fellow to demand the respect due them based on their innate dignity as humans. The sexually ambiguous restaurateur gives away money and food to the damaged and is haunted by the idea of mothering children. Mick is beaten down by the poverty of her family and of the culture she lives in. The symbolism around the deaf mute Mr. Singer is very obvious but all the stories are interesting. The background violence of capitalism, race, and the looming war emphasize the smallness and ordinariness of even these vivid characters. Life rolls on.
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