THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

The 30s in a small town in the southern United States. A Carsonblack doctor, a teenage girl, a drunkard and the owner of the New York Cafe, gather around Mr. Singer, a deaf-mute man who has just lost his best friend, not because he passed away but because he lost his mind.

Each of these characters is looking for something different, they are fighting and hoping to get what gives meaning to their lives. All of them have in Mr. Singer the perfect companion. Mr. Singer seems to be the person who always understands them, and they have created a whole story around him.

They depend on him when they feel alone, when they want to take a decision or when an event is going to change their existence. He changes their lives until they don’t recognize themselves anymore, and all without knowing that he has all this power.

The first thing to consider about this novel is that the author wrote it when she was only twenty-three years old. It is astonishing that someone at her age was capable of drawing these characters. They are difficult, full of desires and frustrations, fears and regrets, but all of them seem to be real for the reader, and their lives are pretty real. McCullers establishes the personality of each of them without empty descriptions. She only shares with us the necessary information about the characters and we draw the gaps in our mind.

The title of the book matchs perfectly the feeling that the story impressed on me: loneliness, solitude, isolation, and the characters even when surrounded by family or friends feel as if they are completely alone in this world.

I won’t share any quotes this time because they are just as I said: a reminder of solitude.

It is an unhappy and moving book, not for crying but just to agree sadly with some of the situations.

Carson McCullers(February 19, 1917– September 29, 1967) was an American novelist
, short story writer, playwright, essayist, and poet. Her first novel,
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, explores the spiritual isolation of Carson Mcmisfits and outcasts in a small town of the U.S. South. Her other novels have similar themes and most are set in the deep south.

McCullers’ oeuvre is often described as Southern Gothic and indicative of her southern roots. However, McCullers penned all of her work after leaving the South, and critics also describe her writing and eccentric characters as universal in scope. Her stories have been adapted to stage and film. A stagework of her novel The Member of the Wedding (1946), which captures a young girl’s feelings at her brother’s wedding, made a successful Broadway run in 1950–51.

Novels

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940)

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941)

  • The Member of the Wedding (1946)

  • Clock Without Hands (1961)

Other works

  • The Ballad of the Sad Café (1951)

  • “Wunderkind” (Story, 1936)

  • “The Jockey” (The New Yorker, 1941)

  • “Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland” (The New Yorker, 1941)

  • “The Sojourner” (Mademoiselle, 1950)

  • “A Domestic Dilemma” (New York Post magazine section, September 16, 1951)

  • “A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud” (Harper’s Bazaar, 1942)

  • The Member of the Wedding (1949), a play version of the 1946 novel

  • The Square Root of Wonderful (1958), a play

  • Sweet as a Pickle and Clean as a Pig (1964), a collection of poems

  • The Mortgaged Heart (1972), a posthumous collection of writings, edited by her sister Rita

  • Illumination and Night Glare(1999), her unfinished autobiography, published more than 30 years after her death

    Sucker- A short story

    Collections

  • Complete Novels, Carlos L. Dews, ed. (New York: The Library of America, 2001)

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CHALLENGES 2016

As I previously anticipated these are the two Challenges in which I will participate this year: Keep Calm and Read 20 Books in English, organized by Dsdmona, and Tarro-Libro 2016, organized by Carmen y amig@s

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I do not rule out participating in other challenges, but for now, that is it.

This is my Tarro-Libro for this year. I am not happy with it, so I will improve it during the year.

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RECYCLED PAPER SKETCHBOOK

DSC_0012  It was a long time ago, the last time that I used my paper to prepare a bookbinding. I am still trying different possibilities for a sketchbook to use more than once with the possibility of changing the paper, and I decided to use my recycled onion paper to prepare this new one.

A rectangle surrounding a piece of recycled onion paper on the front and back cover of this bookbinding. All tones are between hazelnut truffle the darkest to muddy puddle the lightest. The onion recycled paper has small pieces of onion skin.

The spine is straight, two centimetres wide in Conker colour.

FDSC_0011or the endpaper, I usedDSC_0010 the same paper as for the
covers, and as the final result is really good, I used raffia ribbon to surround the whole end paper on both sides.

CHALLENGES 2015

keeepI participated only in two challenges for 2015, and both of them easy to follow for me. First one, Isi: “Keep calm and read 20 books in English.” I did it, and I know it was easy because I am reading only in English lately, but the same I am happy. I read more than 20 books in English and I reviewed more than 20, so this challenge is completed.

1505429_619006968226623_8769824532807058388_nThe second one was very satisfying as well. Carmen and her Tarro-Libros 2015. Thank her challenge, I have now 66 pounds for buying books. Of course, I will participate again in both of them, if they propose the challenges again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA