The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

A curious book, the problem being that it never quite lives up to how good the title is, in fact it’s quite tedious and rambling in places; the few engaging patches, and the fact that it’s all pretty well written, don’t seem to be enough. Many critics praise McCullers for telling a good story, though I can’t see how this novel is evidence of that. The characters are well drawn, even if she takes a bit too much time over each one, dragging the characters out a little bit further than the reader’s patience. But really, the cardinal sin McCullers commits is writing whole paragraphs which are unnecessary, and adding too many strands to a novel that just can’t support them.

Mr A

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