The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Carson McCullers. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1940. Oatmeal linen, original dust jacket. First edition.

“The Heart is a lonely hunter with only one desire! To find some lasting comfort in the arms of anothers fire…driven by a desperate hunger to the arms of a neon light, the heart is a lonely hunter when there’s no sign of love in sight!” ― Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

proxiies  asked:

Hey! So, I'm looking for some book recs. My favorite book is East of Eden, and I'm looking for some more stuff that's similar to that. Like, anything that's sort of epic and character-focused, maybe with a relatively simple plot. I just want to read something that gets me really attached to believable, interesting, human characters. Pretty prose is also preferred. :) Thanks!

Okay, so I’ll start with the pretty obvious recommendations. If you loved East of Eden, you should read Of Mice and Men and Cannery Row by Steinbeck. And since you mentioned character-focused books with a relatively simple plot, you *must* (!) read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I recently re-read it, and I’m still in book hangover because of it. It’s the most pensively, atmospherically beautiful book I’ve ever read.

I hope others will chime in.

senshi-no-omoi  asked:

Hi! I'm sorry for asking this abruptly, but do you know of any books like The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers? I fell in love with the characters and the setting Thanks for your time!! Keep up the good work!

I’d like to know the answer to this question, too, because The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is one of my all-time favorite books. The only other McCullers book I’ve read is The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and I thought it was just okay. (It does contain the most beautiful passage I’ve ever read, but the story and characters aren’t nearly as compelling as those in Lonely Hunter.) Lonely Hunter is so atmospheric… the poverty acting as a character in the book, and somehow it is a beautiful one. So perhaps Steinbeck might be a good comparison? Of Mice and Men is amazing, and Cannery Row is very good. 

I’d love for others to chime in, though. If there are other books like Lonely Hunter, I want to add them to my TBR.

All that we own is our bodies. And we sell our bodies every day we live. We sell them when we go out in the morning to our jobs and when we labor all the day. We are forced to sell at any price, at any time, for any purpose. We are forced to sell our bodies so that we can eat and live. And the price which is given us for this is only enough so that we will have the strength to labor longer for the profits of others.
—  Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter