Friday, May 29, 2009

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson Mccullers

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The main character is a deaf mute who seems to attract the attention of a town. Everyone tells him all of their secrets, because he can't tell them to anyone. It's so interesting what they decide to tell him. You learn a lot about people through the things they say.
Here are some of my favorite parts:
Dreams came to him when he lay half asleep. And in all of them Antonapoulus was there. His hands would jerk nervously, for in his dreams he was talking to his friend... In his half dreams he saw his friend very vividly, and when he awakened a great aching lonliness would be in him... And so the months passed in this empty, dreaming way.

Because in some men it is in them to give up everything personal at some time, before it ferments and poisons- throw it to some human being or some human idea.

She began talking to him, but it was really more like saying things to herself than words said to him.

The nights were secret, and of the whole summer they were the most important time. In the dark she walked by herself and it was like she was the only person in town.

The whole world was this symphony and there was not enough of her to listen.

When she was with him the main thought in her mind was to store up everything so that later she could live it over and remember.

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