2016/01/18

BOOK REVIEW:
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER BY CARSON MCCULLERS

Title: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Author: Carson McCullers
Published: 1940
Language: English
Pages: 371
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Set in Georgia in the 1930's, we get a glimpse of the inner lives of characters who all yearn to escape small town life.


Review:
I find this a difficult book to review and rate.

One one side, I completely see the merit of this book. There is a tenderness to the writing and the dealing with the characters that is rather extraordinary. It deals with struggles of race wonderfully and the characters are fantastic. It is a wise and honest story.

On the other hand, this is not a book I couldn't put down. Rather, I found it a bit of a struggle to pick it back up. I found the beginning to be interesting, which is why I kept going, but I didn't find myself getting truly lost in the story or excitedly looking forward to finishing it. It was more of a mild curiosity that made me finish it, because I'd heard such great things.

I found myself really caring about two of the main characters, while the rest didn't really strike a deep connection or even interest.

I think it might not have suited my current mood to read this book, and that's why my final rating is somewhat average.

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