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5.0 von 5 Sternen und immer wieder Verständnis suchen
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.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Book That Is Boring At Times But Is Also True To Life
I read this book because my friend told me that reading it completely changed her life. Of course, she says that about every book she likes, but even so, I was curious. For starters, the book is NOT easy to understand. And it IS boring at times. The narrative skips from person to person, which can be confusing, but is actually good since it gives you the chance to see...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen und immer wieder Verständnis suchen, 24. August 2004
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Compelling Expression of Loneliness and Isolation, 7. Juni 2000
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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.
This book in many ways reminds me of Sherwood Anderson's classic novel, Winesburg, Ohio. The power of these books is not in what is said or the events themselves, but the things left unexplained,what we are prompted to think about as a result.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Carson McCullers details life in a small southern town, 26. März 1999
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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
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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 A Compelling Expression of Loneliness and Isolation, 6. Juni 2000
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Amy J. Ashcroft "daysleeper48" (San Francisco, CA) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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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 could write with such an insightful view of humanity 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.
This book in many ways reminds me of Sherwood Anderson's classic novel, Winesburg, Ohio. It shares commonality in narrative style, themes of isolation, loneliness and the inability to express everything in words. The power of these books is not in what is said or the events themselves, but the things left unexplained,what we are prompted to think about as a result.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The light of friendship shines for all, 5. Dezember 1999
This book is about friendship and loyalty. One needs to approah it cautiously lest all we see in it are the hopelessly confused lives of all characters. And yet, within this confusion, and despite it, Singer, the deaf-mute clock repairer seems happy. His secret attracts everybody -- from the young girl gorwing up with dreams of becoming a composer (never to be realized), to the old black doctor -- they all are enchanted by his neatness and serenity, by his ability to ignore the depressing, hopeless reality all around and live, it seems, in an enchanted world of his own. Almost unconsciously, they seek his company, as if to learn from a master. And all the while, Singer's secret is as profound as it is simple -- he has a good friend, the other deaf-mute in the town. The two initially live together, but then Singer's friend is sent to a mental asylum. Singer's initial panic and agony are soon replaced by patience and purposefulness -- every once in a while he visits his friend and takes gifts to him. For both of them, each other is all they have -- in a world of speech where noone can understand them, in a world so drab and rusty it seems time itself has stopped, Singer has a friend. And this makes him open-hearted and loving to everyone else. In world where people have so little goodness to spare for each other, where people often hurt their loved ones, Singer is almost like a saintly figure, his kindness making the lives of everyone else just that much more bearable. And when his friend dies, Singer finds that his life has become meaningless. His suicide shocks everyone and leaves them hurt, and disillusioned. MuCullers manages to convey extremely well the hopelessness of the small town. High ideals and higher purposes -- whether socialism or black civil rights -- seem doomed. People are unable to communicate with each other, and each suffers alone in a horribly confused and constrained little world of their own. The only thing that makes sense is not some higher goal but the closeness of another human being. The only thing that makes life bearable, makes it worth living, is friendship and love. When that is gone, the rest scatters like so much dust in the wind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The light of friendship shines for all, 5. Dezember 1999
This book is about friendship and loyalty. One needs to approah it cautiously lest all we see in it are the hopelessly confused lives of all characters. And yet, within this confusion, and despite it, Singer, the deaf-mute clock repairer seems happy. His secret attracts everybody -- from the young girl gorwing up with dreams of becoming a composer (never to be realized), to the old black doctor -- they all are enchanted by his neatness and serenity, by his ability to ignore the depressing, hopeless reality all around and live, it seems, in an enchanted world of his own. Almost unconsciously, they seek his company, as if to learn from a master. And all the while, Singer's secret is as profound as it is simple -- he has a good friend, the other deaf-mute in the town. The two initially live together, but then Singer's friend is sent to a mental asylum. Singer's initial panic and agony are soon replaced by patience and purposefulness -- every once in a while he visits his friend and takes gifts to him. For both of them, each other is all they have -- in a world of speech where noone can understand them, in a world so drab and rusty it seems time itself has stopped, Singer has a friend. And this makes him open-hearted and loving to everyone else. In world where people have so little goodness to spare for each other, where people often hurt their loved ones, Singer is almost like a saintly figure, his kindness making the lives of everyone else just that much more bearable. And when his friend dies, Singer finds that his life has become meaningless. His suicide shocks everyone and leaves them hurt, and disillusioned. MuCullers manages to convey extremely well the hopelessness of the small town. High ideals and higher purposes -- whether socialism or black civil rights -- seem doomed. People are unable to communicate with each other, and each suffers alone in a horribly confused and constrained little world of their own. The only thing that makes sense is not some higher goal but the closeness of another human being. The only thing that makes life bearable, makes it worth living, is friendship and love. When that is gone, the rest scatters like so much dust in the wind.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book for those who want something real, 8. April 1999
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This novel deals with everyday situations, things that are not out of this world. The average reader reads for pleasure, but this novel is one that instead of pleasure inspires realism to the maximum extent. We can perceive the problems of adolescence in Mick Kelly, a young girl which is given responsibilities not her age, like taking care of her younger brothers. Also, she wants to fit in to a group and doesn't seem to accomplish that, because she is always dreaming and phantasizing about the things she would do, but obviously can't. Jake Blount wants to make people understand the importance of fighting for their rights in the society they are living, but people do not pay attention to him because they rather assimilate the situation and live with it. Dr. Copeland always had a communication problem with his family, for he wanted to make them understand and achieve what he called their "true purpose". But that true purpose was the purpose he chose for his children. This attitude led his children to back off him and blocked communication. John Singer was traumatized since the time he tried to talk and people would stare at him oddly. This made him feel different and started to have deaf-mute friends, which only for their disability, were totally different from him. Summing up, this novel deals with alienation in its various forms: disability, lack of communication, different outlooks on life, adolescence and the changes it comprises. Whoever wants to take a journey into man's deepest thoughts should read this book as soon as possible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, deceptively simple writing style, great themes., 8. Juli 1998
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Like it did for another reviewer above, this book also recalled To Kill A Mockingbird for me. The deceptively simple writing style, the setting --the South in the '30s -- the involvement and viewpoint of a strong girl character (even more believable than Lee's Scout) and the sympathetic treatment of Blacks, all seem to have influenced Harper Lee. But who knows?
The only thing lacking, for better or worse, is a sense of humor. However, it would have been a true challenge to inject humor into such an un-sentimental story. But because the story avoids sentiment, it occasionally takes on an air of a modern magazine feature article.
Mockingbird, despite its similarities and overall serious intent, provides plenty of humor. I guess no comic relief is one of the qualities that distinguishes the Southern Gothic, but also it may be behind its short-lived influence.
I regard this as McCullers' best, but there is also considerable power in The Member of the Wedding. As for the critics love for The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, I guess I missed the point and it's greatness.
McCullers' writing is always so clean, but in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, she combines a great and unique story about universal and personal isolation in people rarely written about to make a true modern classic.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Book That Is Boring At Times But Is Also True To Life, 21. Januar 1999
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I read this book because my friend told me that reading it completely changed her life. Of course, she says that about every book she likes, but even so, I was curious. For starters, the book is NOT easy to understand. And it IS boring at times. The narrative skips from person to person, which can be confusing, but is actually good since it gives you the chance to see the same events from five different points of view. The characters are John Singer, a deaf mute, Mick, a teenage girl, Biff Brannon, a restaurant owner, Dr. Copeland, a black doctor, and Jake Blount, a drunken radical. The story takes place in a little southern town in the 1930's. These characters are not all friends. In a lesser novel they would be. But in this book, they hardly know each other. But they share two important things in common--they all are lonely outcasts, and they all confide in John Singer. However, even though they all spend so much time with John Singer, they no absolutely nothing about his personal life. And even though John Singer spends so much time listening to them, sometimes he doesn't understand what they're talking about.... It's also true to life in that the characters all have so much in common, yet they never really connect.
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