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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37,389 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carson McCullers Narrator: Cherry Jones Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carson McCullers was all of twenty-three when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter—and it made her a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters’ inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers’ finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer’s mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book’s heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability to “rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness.” Hers is a humanity that touches all who come to her work, whether for the first time or, as so many do, time and time again. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, most enduring best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “When one puts [this book] down, it is with…a feeling of having been nourished by the truth.”

    May Sarton

  • “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

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is a miracle of compassion, pity, and irony. Form and matter are perfectly blended in the novel.”

    Virginia Quarterly Review

  • “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

  • “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.”

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • One ofModern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • AnOprah’s Book Club Selection in 2004
  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kama | 2/17/2014

    " I can see why this has become a classic. Incredibly prescient and ruminative political tract (thinly veiled as a story about actual people). I couldn't help but wonder if Ayn Rand was one of her literary influences, despite their opposite political views. However -- and as with Ayn Rand -- CMC could've used an editor here and there... It was kind of all over the place and rambled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/4/2014

    " My new favorite. Such a beautifully written book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by BC | 1/24/2014

    " What did I think? After finishing the book, I looked at the book and thought WHAT? It was a strange book. Makes me wonder what the movie is like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhod | 1/15/2014

    " A story to touch your heart on many levels. "

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