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Il cuore è un cacciatore solitario
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Remarkable book. ( )
Estamos en una ciudad provinciana del sur de los Estados Unidos en el primer tercio del siglo. Por el Café New York, regentado por Biff, van pasando hombres y mujeres, viviendo sus penas y alegrías, añorando sus ausencias: un sordomudo al que la locura le arrebató a su amigo inseparable, un borracho empedernido -extravagante filósofo de barra de bar-, una niña que va perdiendo su inocencia a medida que se convierte en adolescente, el propio Biff, herido de amor en lo más profundo de su corazón... Personas, en definitiva, que han nacido en un tiempo y en un lugar equivocados y que comparten a duras penas lo único que conocen bien, su propia soledad.
The title of the classic 1940 novel by Carson McCullers, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” tips us off. Her characters are lonely people in search of something, even if they are not always certain what that something is.
In case you miss the significance of the title, McCullers makes it clearer in nearly every early chapter with lines like these:
"It was funny, too, how lonesome a person could be in a crowded house."
"The town seemed more lonesome than any place he had ever known."
"It was a queer thing to talk with a draft-mute. But he was lonesome."
"He was lonesome and he was an old man."
Loneliness seems to be universal in the novel, for McCullers has several central characters, and loneliness is a trait shared by most of them. These include a deaf-mute named Singer, whom other characters love to talk to even though he cannot hear them; Mick, a young girl who dreams of composing music until adult responsibilities come too soon; Doctor Copeland, a well-read black physician disappointed that his grown children have just ordinary intelligence; and Jack, a carnival worker who preaches socialism, drinks heavily and is always ready for a fight.
As lonely and seemingly independent as these and other characters are, they are nevertheless dependent on each other. When one of these dominoes falls, the others topple, or at least wobble, as well. Not even the lonely really stand alone.
Characters: John Singer and Spiros Antonapoulos (deaf mutes and friends for 10 years), Biff Brannon (proprietor of the New York Cafe), Jake Blount (a heavy-drinking, sometimes violent, strange looking man who comes into town, frequents the New York Cafe, is a Communist and constantly spouts his beliefs), Dr. Benedict Mady Copeland (an aging black doctor who is very precise, works tirelessly, rants against the plight of Black people in the South, has tuberculosis, and is somewhat estranged from his family), Portia (Dr. Copeland's daughter and person who tries to include her father), William Copeland (Portia's younger brother, the cook at the New York Cafe, and the person sent to jail for cutting someone, which does not end well), Mick Kelly (fourth Kelly child, 14 years old, tall, thin, blond, blue-eyed, always dreaming about playing the piano or traveling to foreign countries, pulls baby brother Ralph and Bubber/George around in a wagon), Harry (teen-aged, next-door neighbor of the Kellys and friend of Mick), Mr. Kelly (Mick's father and injured painter/carpenter who can no longer work at that profession. To make ends meet the Kellys take in boarders, one of whom is John Singer. The book explores relationships between these and other less central characters just before WWII. This is a very depressing book, as nothing good seems to come of the characters moving through life, except their ability to endure the hardships, until they cannot.
Lovely, perfect, disturbing, romantic (not the lovey dovey kind, but the epic story kind), and so perfectly pleasantly Southern. A Depression-era novel written during the Depression by a young (so young!) woman from Georgia. The novel bleeds authenticity. Mick was hands-down my favorite character, with Singer and Brannon as close seconds. Her innocence, her "loss" of innocence, I enjoyed every part of the narrative in which Mick starred.
Anyway, read this book. I concur with the reviewer who said that it is shocking this is not a mandatory read for every K-12 school system out there ... How had I not heard of McCullers or this book until this year? It's a crime. It should be required reading for anyone over the age of 14. Moreover, it is one of the most telling Southern novels I've ever come across ... And I'm certain you'll enjoy it.
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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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Complete Novels: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Reflections in a Golden Eye / The Ballad of the Sad Cafe / The Member of the Wedding / The Clock Without Hands 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."
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Sistema Decimale Melvil (DDC)813.52 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
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