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The heart is a lonely hunter
Carson McCullers
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This novel is set in a small Georgia mill town in the late 1930s. At the center, is John Singer, a deaf man, who rents a room in the Kelly house after his fellow deaf companion, Spiros Antonapoulos, is sent away to an asylum. Singer becomes the confidant for four of the town's misfits—Mick Kelly, a teenage girl who dreams of becoming a trained musician; Benedict Mady Copeland, the town's black doctor; Jake Blount, an alcoholic socialist; and Biff Brannon, the owner of the local café. Each of these four characters regularly visits Singer, telling him about the injustices and pain in their lives. Each outcast believes that only Singer can understand his or her loneliness, although Singer reveals little of himself to them. What is so heartbreaking in this book is that each of these characters is so self absorbed, they fail to discover that Singer listens, but he doesn’t understand, nor do they realize that he, too, is lonely and isolated — or why. The theme of social and spiritual isolation is overwhelming in this book. Issues of race relations and poverty are also presented. I found the book beautifully written, yet incredibly heartbreaking. One caution I would make is that some of the language is of the time and may be offensive to some. A 4 out of 5 stars.
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main characters John Singer
Male
Deaf
Serves as the town "confessor"; boarder in the Kelly home.

Mick Kelly
Female
Age: Teenager
Sensitive; loves music.

Dr. Copeland
Male
African American
Suffering from tuberculosis; estranged from his family; frustrated by the treatment of his race.

Jake Blount
Male
Alcoholic
Unbalanced; tormented.

Biff Brannon
Male
Widower
Bewildered.
Cafe owner



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