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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Jan 29, 2010

really liked it

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is really a series of interweaving character studies, more or less. The pieces are laid out almost as four or five separate novellas that work into each other from time to time. But, rather than scattered or post-modern, the characters and their intricate personalities drive the novel.
Each protagonist comes away as murky, deep and tragic as they'd seemed to begin with, despite the thousands of little moments that McCuller's gives the reader a look in on. That's not to say that the prose doesn't connect to the characters; quite the contrary, the characters are rich, fleshed out, yet, like any real person, they still can't ever be completely consumed, completely understood.
More importantly, the lines between personal affection and romantic love, of frustration and rage, of hope and desperation are examined quite expertly.
The fact that Singer sits at the center of the novel, a deaf-mute who the other characters feels is the only person that can hear them, is quite telling. This is a novel of loners who feel intense pain and grasp at straws of happiness.

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