The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together. Early every morning they would come out from the house where they lived and walk arm in arm down the street to work

Carson McCullers' prodigious first novel was published to instant acclaim when she was just twenty-three. Set in a small town in the middle of the Deep South, it is the story of John Singer, a lonely deaf-mute, and a disparate group of people who are drawn towards his kind, sympathetic nature.

The owner of the cafe where Singer eats every day, a young girl desperate to grow up, an angry socialist drunkard, a frustrated black doctor: each pours their heart out to Singer, their silent confidant, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways the could never imagine.

Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter explores loneliness, the human need for understanding and the search for love. A powerful exploration of alienation and loneliness in 1930s America, published in Penguin Modern Classics.

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the critically acclaimed author of several popular novels in the 1940s and '50s, including The Member of the Wedding (1946), adapted for the stage in the 1950s and filmed in 1952 and 1997. Her novels frequently depicted life in small towns of the south-eastern United States and were marked by themes of loneliness and spiritual isolation.

Other films based on her books are Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967, with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968, starring Alan Arkin) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991, starring Vanessa Redgrave).

If you enjoyed The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, you might like Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'She has examined the heart of man with an understanding ...that no other writer can hope to surpass' Tennessee Williams 'A remarkable book ...[McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming' - The New York Times

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141185224
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The greatest prose writer that the South produced ... She has examined the heart of man with an understanding that no other writer can hope to surpass -- Tennessee Williams
A remarkable book ... [McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming * The New York Times *
Of all the Southern writers, she is the most apt to endure -- Gore Vidal
Again [McCullers] shows a sort of subterranean and ageless instinct for probing the hidden in men's hearts and minds * New York Herald-Tribune *

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“Beautiful”

As a young person, I have full access to vast amounts of literature every day. After 17 years of reading, I can firmly say that this was one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read. The sudden ending... More

Paperback edition
7th May 2014
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“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”

Carson McCullers' exquisite first novel is a remarkable study of intersecting lives in a Deep South mill town, staged just before the Second World War. With its distinctive. hypnotic (and yet sharply realist)... More

Paperback edition
21st August 2012
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“Loneliness in a town in the Deep South”

Carson McCullers was only twenty-three when her first novel was published in 1940. “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” is a quite remarkable story of loneliness in an unnamed Southern town in the late 1930s. A small... More

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1st July 2017
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