Book Discussion of the Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) is the debut novel by the American author Carson McCullers; she was 23 at the time of publication. It is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the state of Georgia, US. When published it created a literary sensation, enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists in 1940; it was the first in a string of works by Mccullers that give voice to those who are rejected, forgotten, mistreated or oppressed.

The Modern Library ranked the novel seventeenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included it in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] In 2004 the novel was selected for Oprah's Book Club.

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  • Susan A.

    The book discussion was focused and in depth.

    2 · July 3

    • Sarah

      Thank you for sharing!

      June 12

    • Susan A.

      Good article...I enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it.

      July 1

  • Jessica

    Guys, I haven't finished the book yet so we won't make it! Will miss it. :(

    July 1

    • Benjamin M.

      IMHO, there's so much to discuss in this book, it won't matter if we've all read it in its entirety. Even a few chapters gives you a *lot* to talk about!

      1 · July 1

    • Sarah

      definitely.

      July 1

  • Jessica A. I.

    "Some kind of music was too private to sing in a house cram full of people. It was funny, too, how lonesome a person could be in a crowded house. Mick tried to think of some good private place where she could go and be by herself and study about this music. But though she thought about this a long time she knew in the beginning that there was no good place." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Mariner Books, 2000 ed., p. 53

    1 · June 12

    • Jessica A. I.

      You know Meetup menus is where my "old lady" line is drawn. ;-) Next step is a large-key cell phone...

      1 · June 12

    • Sarah

      lol same place you put the anna karenina quotes

      June 12

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