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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Penguin Modern Classics) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Carson McCullers , Kasia Boddy
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31. August 2000 0141185228 978-0141185224 New Ed
Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a powerful exploration of alienation and loneliness in 1930s America, published in Penguin Modern Classics. 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 café 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. 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 southeastern 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 Café (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

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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: New Ed (31. August 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0141185228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141185224
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,3 x 12,5 x 19,3 cm
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"To me the most impressive aspect of THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice of those of her own race. This cannot be accounted for stylistically or politically; it seems to stem from an attitude toward life." -- Richard Wright "When one puts [this book] down, it is with . . . a feeling of having been nourished by the truth." --May Sarton "A remarkable book . . . [McCullers] writes with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming." The New York Times "Quite remarkable . . . McCullers leaves her characters hauntingly engraved in the reader's memory." The Nation "To me the most impressive aspect of 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter' is the astonishing humanity that enables a white writer, for the first time in Southern fiction, to handle Negro characters with as much ease and justice as those of her own race." -- Richard Wright New Republic "One cannot help remarking that this is an extraordinary novel to have been written by a young woman of twenty-two; but the more important fact is that it is an extraordinary novel in its own right, considerations of authorship apart." -- Saturday Review of Literature Saturday Review "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty . . . Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures." The New York Times Book Review "Sensitively conceived and expertly told . . . Its quality as writing and the intensity of its theme combine to make it one of the outstanding novels of recent years." --Times-Picayune "Besides telling a good story, the author has peopled it with a small group of characters so powerfully drawn as to linger long in memory." Philadelphia Inquirer "[McCullers] writes with a calm and factual realism, and with a deep and abiding insight into human psychology. She does so without anr


"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" was Carson McCullers' first novel, written in 1940. Set in a small town in the American South, it is the story of a group of people who have little in common except that they are all hopelessly lonely. A young girl, a drunken socialist and a black doctor are drawn to a gentle, sympathetic deaf mute, whose presence changes their lives. This powerful exploration of alienation is both moving and perceptive.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen und immer wieder Verständnis suchen 24. August 2004
Der Handlungsort ist eine Stadt in Georgia, die Handlungszeit die Jahre und Monate vor Ausbruch des 2. Weltkrieges. Das macht das Buch aber weder unaktuell, noch fällt es schwer, sich mit seinen Figuren zu identifizieren. Die Frage ist nur, mit welcher? Vermutlich ändert sich das im Laufe eine Lebens, wenn man das Buch wieder einmal liest.
Im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte stehen vier Personen, die alle abseits oder am Rande der gesellschaftlichen Norm leben. So unterschiedlich ihre Ideale und Wünsche auch sind, sie alle sehnen sich vor allem danach, verstanden zu werden, und jeder glaubt, dies bei dem taubstummen John Singer zu finden, der ihnen zu"hört", der ihre Nähe zulässt, der einfach da ist für sie. Doch letzten Endes ist genau dieser John Singer derjenige, der am meisten unter seiner gefühlten Einsamkeit leidet.
In diesem Roman steckt mehr Tiefgang und Lebensweisheit als in den meisten anderen Büchern, die ich in jüngerer Vergangenheit gelesen habe. Das ist umso erstaunlicher, da die Autorin gerade mal 23 Jahre alt war, als sie es verfasste.
"Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger" ist eine traurige, aber eine wunderschöne Geschichte, in der sehr viel Nachdenkenswertes steckt. Eines der Bücher, die man ganz sicher nicht nur einmal liest!
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This book is set in a small, indistinct southern town, full of misfits -- people who don't feel like they quite fit in anywhere -- with different desires and dreams. A lot of what McCullers focuses on is the inability of individuals to express themselves to others. Instead, they put their energies towards self-destructive habits such as drinking, fighting, and sex.
Two of the main characters are Mick Kelly and John Singer. Mick is a young tomboy who comes of age in the story. She doesn't have money for instruments or lessons, but she goes through a deeply personal attempt to find the kind of happiness and beauty she finds from musical expression. Mick, like many of the townspeople, finds beauty and intrigue in the deaf mute, John Singer. John Singer leads a quiet life, but is deeply troubled by the loss of his longtime friend Anatopolous, who is also a deaf mute. John Singer becomes a mystical figure to the townspeople, becoming a projection of each individual's personal desires. Part of his mysticism forms around the fact that he is a deaf mute, therefore communication is limited, mostly a one-way event. People pour all their wishes and dreams into their projections of him.
Amazingly, Carson McCullers was only 23 when this book was published. How a person that young (well, my age, in fact) could write with such an insightful view of humanity, as well as politics, art & music is impressive. Her prose is descriptive, but at the same time spare. The narrator of the book gives a limited-omniscent view, so while you know what each character might think, you feel you only are scratching the surface of their thoughts. In many cases, what you find is that the individuals themselves don't quite understand their own motives or desires.
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This is one book where the reader cannot but help to become emotionally involved in the lives of the characters that, at the time of its writing, the twenty-three year old Carson McCullers detailed with such enigmatic and poignant care. It is a very emotionally draining expeience as Carson takes the reader on a journey of the depths of the human soul. She examines social prejudices through the eyes of a mute deaf named Singer, a young dreamer named Mick Kelly, a loud mouth drunken Marxist named Jake Blount, a tavern operator with a sullen heart named Biff Brannon, and a African-American Doctor known as Dr. Copeland who is both an activist and learned man. This is an extremely active story with subplots that interweave with poetic grace and styling. the setting is a small southern town in the post-depression era. The young McCullers wrote this without overexaming the social problems of the time. She lays the groundwork and lets the reader form his or her own opinions about the social situations affecting each of the main characters. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is a fascinating novel, depicting the hardships of life of a small southern town without purging itself on social stylings and prose. A must read for fans of classic American prose.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Characters To Remember 19. Juni 2000
Von Russ Hall
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Mick Kelly, a young tomboy of a girl who has a fire in her belly for classical music and tends her brother Bubber, is a dynamic enough character to make this book a must read. Add to her presence characters like John Singer, a mute resident of the Kellys' boarding house, Bill Brannon, proprietor of the New York Cafe, Doctor Benedict, who is black in a small southern town early in the 20th Century, Mady Copeland, drinking Jake Blount who has visions, and you have a mix worth of solid reading. The book has some of the deeply introspective magic of Sherwood Anderson's WINESBURG, OHIO, but is an original on its own. It is an amazing accomplishment for a 23-year old to write what is her master work. By reading this book you will know the characters as well as family members, and the book will make you smile, and will leave a lump in your throat. This book is to novels what CASABLANCA is to movies -- not a wasted word -- a classic!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classique
Un classique a lire absolument pour ceux qui aiment les galleries de personnages et une écriture fine, humble et efficace. Un très beau livre de bout en bout.
Vor 2 Monaten von Lourette veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting Book
Carson McCuller's THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER provides an insightful view of the 4 main characters: a young girl, a black doctor, a restaurant owner, and an alcoholic. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 19. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen For Adults Only
I truly wish that we could have an 18 yrs and up review site... or perhaps a reviewing forum solely for those who were not forced to read books for assignments... anyhow... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2000 von Kenny L Parker
3.0 von 5 Sternen deprimente y pesado
este libro es muy deprimente y ademas muy pesado de leer, no es tan largo, pero da la sensacion de que nunca vas a acabar y cuando terminas te quedas preguntandote que has leido. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2000 von Luis Méndez
2.0 von 5 Sternen This Woman is a Bad Writer
My lord, I should have gone with my instincts. I originally thought a book called The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was bound to be a piece of overwrought trash. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Compelling Expression of Loneliness and Isolation
This book is set in a small, indistinct southern town, full of misfits -- people who don't feel like they quite fit in anywhere -- with different desires and dreams. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2000 von Amy J. Ashcroft
1.0 von 5 Sternen This book is very overated!
I've read this book once and I had to force myself not to put it down. This book is like the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" on the fact that it shows how one man... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von Christopher McKittrick
5.0 von 5 Sternen The Paradox of the Deep South
The beauty of Carson McCullers' first novel is it honestly depicts the deep south of her time. It shows both the romantic aspects and the ugliness (racism, in particular), while... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. April 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen ok, but not the best.....or newhere near it
i understand where she was coming from and each of the characters problems. i'm only in eighth grade, but i know that this is real life and how people react to different things. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. März 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Defense of High Schoolers
One critisism of this book states that it might not be ideal high school reading. I am a junior in high school. Lesen Sie weiter...
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