The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

McCullers ( takes us to a Georgia mill town in the 1930s. The characters she portrays yearn for something beyond the sun baked tedium of small town life.

The central character is John Singer, a deaf-mute, through whom we meet and are made to enter into the lives of the dispossessed. There is a remarkable surety of narrative delivery from an author who was only 23 years old at the date of the novel’s publication in 1940. You’d be hard pressed to read a better fictional study of loneliness and isolation. A powerfully moving book.

Brought to the screen in 1968 ( Available on DVD at

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352 pages in Penguin Modern Classics paperback edition.

ISBN 978-0141185224

Carson McCullers

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