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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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Oct 26, 2007

it was amazing

I guess my main problem is, every time I read a book I pretty much decide it's the best book I've ever read. Maybe I've just avoided reading any real stinkers, or maybe I just have horrible taste, but THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER was no exception. The characters were rich beyond belief, and given the setting I found them especially fascinating. The complexity of McCullers's prose does not get in the way of enjoyability or understandability in the least, but manages to portray vividly a wide array of cultural, social, racial, and personal themes specific to small-town southern (and other) life of the late 1930s. Like any themes worth reading about, though, they transcend that specificity as well to make for identifiable and emotional material.

This is the kind of book where, when I finished it, I made sure to sift through those obligatory yet confusing last few blank pages, just to make sure. A beautiful story, beautifully told, and whose poignancy can be found (among other places) in the simple but oft-true refrain of the title itself. Everyone's heart is a lonely hunter sometimes, and rarely have I experienced the weight of that notion as in McCullers's masterpiece....less...more
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