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Il cuore è un cacciatore solitario

di Carson McCullers

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When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. "From the Paperback edition."… (altro)
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It's a bit hard to write about this book. The story takes place in a small town in the U.S. South in which a motley group of people interacted and affected each other's lives. The characters had difficult lives. Two were mutes, one was a heavy drunk, one was a storekeeper who kept his cafe open all night long, one was a teenager who was one of many children, and so forth. The characters were both white and black, but they mostly interacted with each other in supportive ways. The action in the book was as slow as molasses, but it was very moving. This was the debut novel and thoughts of the 23-year-old white female author who in 1940 made some rather prescient statements through characters' thoughts and dialogue.

The story had some deeply sad parts. It made me want to be able to reach into the pages of this book and do what Biff Brannon, the cafe owner in this story, did which was to support individuals with needs more difficult than his own no matter who they were.

I've heard of this book for a long time, but only recently decided that it was a story I wanted to tackle. It was one which took me a long time to finish, but it was never a story I wanted to abandon. I made the right choice to keep on reading right through the novel's end. I hope others choose to read this book as well. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Nov 21, 2022 |
Carson McCullers has a gift for writing about people’s inner monologs and desires, and how life very seldom, if ever, matches those things. The novel, and its language, are cemented in a 1930s rural mill town. The central character, John Singer, is a deaf mute, who is widely respected as someone who listens to others, but is he? The opening lines of the song from Midnight Cowboy come to mind, “Everybody is talking at me, I don’t hear a word they are saying”. Mr Singer is attentive, polite, agreeable, and sometimes writes a short note to explain himself. He offers crummy advice to Mick, a teenage girl who idolizes Mr. Singer. The foil to John Singer is the inflexible Dr. Copeland, who speaks eloquently, but nobody, not even his family, is listening. Mick is musical genius, who is not able to express herself, not even by making her own violin. Everybody is lonely, more so at the end, than at the start of the book, but great insights into our plight as humans. ( )
  bobunwired | Nov 19, 2022 |
“For something had happened in this year. He [John Singer] had been left in an alien land. Alone. He had opened his eyes and around him there was much he could not understand. He was bewildered.”

This is a novel in the Southern gothic tradition that tells the stories of four diverse people living in a mill town in rural Georgia in the 1930s. They are connected through friendship with a central character, John Singer, a deaf-mute man. When John’s roommate, another deaf-mute man, is sent to an asylum, he moves into a boarding house run by the Kelly family. Mick Kelly is a girl with musical talent, who dreams of leaving home for a better life. Biff Brannon owns the local café where John takes most of his meals. Jake Blount is an aggressive alcoholic mill worker who espouses socialist views. Dr. Copeland is a black doctor who is a vocal advocate for racial equality. The story revolves around the struggles of those on the fringes of society.

Themes include loneliness, despair, communication, and the desire for self-fulfillment, even in the face of massive obstacles. As a person that does not speak, John serves as the listener. The others confide in him even though he sometimes has difficulty understanding them. “Each man described the mute as they wanted him to be.” The characters are deeply drawn. They feel authentic. As the characters interact, they show compassion for each other. They relate to each other’s troubles. It is dark, sad, and occasionally gut-wrenching.

It evokes a time and place – the Great Depression in the American South. It explores the place of the individual in society, and the picture that emerges is rather cynical. It is apparent why the political theories of the time are attractive to these people living in poverty. There are many harsh and difficult scenes, so it can occasionally feel depressing, but there is always a tiny ray of hope. First published in 1940, I think it was ahead of its time and is deserving of its place as a classic. ( )
  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
It is hard to say anything about this novel that has not already been said time and time again. Carson McCullers moves gently through her world, picks at the souls of its inhabitants, and lays them bare for all of us to see. And we know they are true, and we know they are real, and we mourn for how well we know them and how little they know of one another.

John Singer, a deaf mute, becomes the pivot around which the other characters orbit, and because he is silent they are each able to project onto him their beliefs and desires. Each has an extreme need to be understood and each is convinced that Singer is the one man who can and does understand them. Ironically, Singer uses his friend Antonopoulos in the same fashion.

Mick, it seems to me, is the one ray of hope in this bleak landscape. She has dreams that have not been trodden down, she loves music, she has an inner world where she can escape the oppression of her circumstances. The other characters, Biff, Blount, Copeland, are all past the dream. They already know that their past is their future and their future is raw and frozen. When Mick's future is lost and she can no longer access her "inner room", the desolation is complete. Carson seems to be telling us that the isolation is inevitable. Perhaps we are destined to misread and misunderstand one another and never find any common ground that links us at the fundamental level that is our humanity. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Read it. READ IT! Do it now! ( )
  MaryJeanPhillips | Jun 22, 2022 |
No matter what the age of its author, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" would be a remarkable book. When one reads that Carson McCullers is a girl of 22 it becomes more than that. Maturity does not cover the quality of her work. It is something beyond that, somthing more akin to the vocation of pain to which a great poet is born. Reading her, one feels this girl is wrapped in knowledge which has roots beyond the span of her life and her experience. How else can she so surely plumb the hearts of characters as strange and, under the force of her creative shaping, as real as she presents—two deaf mutes, a ranting, rebellious drunkard, a Negro torn from his faith and lost in his frustrated dream of equality, a restaurant owner bewildered by his emotions, a girl of 13 caught between the world of people and the world of shadows.

Carson McCullers is a full-fledged novelist whatever her age. She writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming. "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" is a first novel. One anticipates the second with something like fear. So high is the standard she has set. It doesn't seem possible that she can reach it again.
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
McCullers, Carsonautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Boddy, KasiaIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Bruggen, W.F.H. tenTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Cartier-Bresson, HenriFotografoautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Cherry, JonesNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Gelder, Molly vanTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
HarperAudioPublisherautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Overholtzer, RobertDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Because in some men it is in them to give up everything personal at some time, before it ferments and poisons—throw it to solve human being or some human idea. They have to.
He listened, and in his face there was something and Jewish, the knowledge of one who belongs to a race that is oppressed.
Today we are not put up on the platforms and sold at the courthouse square. But we are forced to sell our strength, our time, our souls during almost every hour that we live. We have been freed from one kind of slavery only to be delivered into another. Is this freedom?  Are we yet free men?
All white people looked similar to Negroes but Negroes took care to differentiate between them. On the other hand, all Negroes looked similar to white men but white men did not bother to fix the face of a Negro in their minds.
The whole system of capitalistic democracy is—rotten and corrupt. There remain only two roads ahead. One: Fascism. Two: reform of the most revolutionary and permanent kind.
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When she was only twenty-three, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece. The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty. "From the Paperback edition."

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