Community Reviews. Search review text. Displaying 1 - 30 of 78 reviews. Amalia Gkavea. But it is a disturbing version of familial bonds. Hovering between the quiet of the rural environment and the buzzing of the city, we witness the bond between spouses, between children and [parents being under threat because of the fragility and recklessness of human nature, because of our usual inability to listen and understand. These stories are built on the fear of loss and dread when our family peace is threatened, when imminent catastrophe breaks our world.
From Georgia to New York, from autumn to summer, these are stores of past loves and present uncertainty, marriage and relationships falling apart, and the urgent need to discover the necessary strength when tragedy strikes. The Haunted Boy : I was deeply moved by this story. The boy of our story is trying to cope with a life that is about to collapse around him. His bravery is outstanding. A moving account of terror, love and hope. The Sojourner : John Ferris is a man who cannot settle down.
New York, Paris, Rome. It seems as if he is deliberately trying to escape life. An accidental reunion with his ex-wife prompts him to think of his choices and the mistakes of the past. A tender, melancholic story. Sometimes in the semi-consciousness, he sojourned again in Paris, or war German rubble, or Swiss ski-ing and a snow hotel. Sometimes, also, in a fallow Georgia field at hunting dawn. In all their briefness, they each conveyed a certain emotional depth and the different struggles at the heart of these stories felt entirely graspable and real to me.
Now I definitely want to read more by Carson McCullers! She manages in 20 pages or less to develop characters, create an intricate plot and evoke emotions that most writers cannot accomplish in pages. This is a masterpiece which began my reading and I recommend it to everyone who appreciates great literature. Author 5 books followers. All 3 of these stories were brilliant. Whilst a huge fan of her fiction, and of the Southern Gothic genre in which she wrote, I have only read a handful of her short stories to date.
The blurb states that 'these moving stories portray love, sorrow and our search for happiness and understanding. As with her longer works, McCullers' writing is fantastic - multilayered, perceptive, and admirable. She captures moods particularly so well in the first story, 'The Haunted Boy': 'It was then, in the unanswering silence as they stood in the empty, wax-floored hall, that Hugh felt there was something wrong'. McCullers also marvellously explores her characters and their psyches.
From the same story, she writes of young protagonist Hugh: 'Confession, the first deep-rooted words, opened the festered secrecy of the boy's heart, and he continued more rapidly, urgent and finding unforeseen relief. Sometimes in this semi-consciousness he sojourned again in Paris, or war German rubble, or Swiss ski-ing and a snow hotel.
Rome it was this morning in the fearless region of dreams. Her character portraits are always sharp and varied. All three stories here are rich, thoughtful, and searching, and I enjoyed every single word of them. I am very excited to read the rest of McCullers' short work at some point very soon.
Carson McCullers's brilliance in weaving melancholy and solitude into the lives of ordinary characters is unparalleled. Beautiful and moving stories! Noelia Alonso. Really enjoyed the three stories included in this little book.
Won't be my last McCullers. The sojourner and a domestic dilemma were good but the titular story almost made me cry. My girl Carson really knows how to make you sad af. As always, McCuller's prose is engaging, and she has a distinct narrative voice. I enjoyed these stories, but while they are atmospheric, they are not the best of her writing. This little collection features three short stories and I am amazed at how the author managed a plot with such strong character development in so few pages.
I will be on the hunt for more by Carson McCullers. I particularly enjoyed the first story The Haunted Boy. The Sojourner did give a bit of a warm feeling, otherwise nothing more than tedious domestic twaddle. Love me some melancholy. Callum McLaughlin. Author 4 books 84 followers. This slim volume collects three short stories by McCullers, often described as a master of the Southern gothic. The title story, The Haunted Boy , was far and away my favourite. In it, a young boy arrives home from school with a friend.
What an absolute gem of a tiny book. I am mesmerized by the poetic beauty and quiet poignance of the writing. Cannot wait to read more from Ms. A sample: "The twilight border between sleep and waking was a Roman one this morning: splashing fountains and arched, narrow streets, the golden lavish city of blossoms and age-soft stone.
Sometimes in this semi-consciousness he sojourned again in Paris, or war German rubble, or Swiss skiing and a snow hotel. Sometimes also, in a fallow Georgia field at hunting dawn. Rome it was this morning in the yearless region of dreams. Chris Cloake. Author 7 books followers. These are stories about finding a way to cope with the human experience. We all suffer loss in differing quantities and how we deal with that depends on our personalities.
None of it is easy. The characters in this book are haunted, so the title is appropriate. She offers no miracle transcendental solution. These people learn to live and accept their lives. In so doing, I got a bittersweet sensation and closed the cover with a knowing smile. Yes, I see. You have to carry on with what you have and get the problems into perspective.
And there is nothing you can do to turn the clock back or freeze time in a happy moment. Ultimately, it is reassuring to know you are not alone with these emotions and you need to remember that others you meet will have had the same stuff going on, however they cloud or hide this away. Fatima Sheriff. Might just be my favourite little Modern Classic yet, very easy to follow but so vivid in such short pages. So much to unpack in book club about gender roles, perceptions of mental health issues and the ambiguity of these supposedly healing moments.
There are also moments of profundity that felt more nothing on closer examination but then others that felt so poignant, it's a mixed bag but an enjoyable one either way. Sheila Uthaya. The first short story that affected my feeling immensely. I felt the taunting feeling of that little boy. The despair of fleeting moment felt through the man of time. Walked the path of the father with uncertainty and clarity. Each author wanted to leave everlasting impact on their reader.
And this author did; for me at least. Nice 3 short stories. This book is mostly around family and love themed. These stories touched me in a way few others have. So melancholic, my heart ached for the protagonists. Barsha Roy Chowdhury. This volume is the 45th book in the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series,consisting of three very exceptional and astounding stories written by Carson McCullers.
As the blurb suggests, these short stories from the master of Southern Gothic, portray love, sorrow, and the search for happiness and understanding. In less than mere 20 pages, the author managed to create such magic with her words, that each story will touch your soul.
He was terrified for an old incident suddenly strikes his mind and he gets restless. Oh, how my heart cried out for the little boy. Search books and authors. View all retailers. Also by Carson McCullers. Related titles. Men Without Women. Again, Rachel. The Match. Lessons in Chemistry. Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone. The Thursday Murder Club. French Braid. The Lincoln Highway. Daisy Jones and The Six. The Last Station. Beach Read. The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels.
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Pritchett praised for her "courageous imagination--one that is bold enough to consider the terrible in human nature without loss of nerve, calm, dignity, or love. The Library of America series includes more than volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1, pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries. Her talent takes her to the great opera houses of Europe, and through ambition and hard work, she forges a life as an artist.
But if she can never go home again, nor can she leave behind her past. At last, in a desert canyon in Arizona, Thea has a revelation that will allow her to attain a new state of spirituality and become a truly great artist. Byatt'Lingers long in the memory' Joyce Carol Oates. Ten new titles in the colourful, small-format, portable new Pocket Penguins series. The novels that followed established her as a master of Southern Gothic.
This Library of America volume collects McCullers's complete novels for the first time in a single-volume edition that reveals the power and breadth of her haunting vision. Set in small Georgia towns that are at once precisely observed and mythically resonant, McCullers's novels explore the strange, sometimes grotesque inner lives of characters who are often marginal and misunderstood.
Above all, McCullers possessed an unmatched ability to capture the bewilderment and fragile wonder of adolescence. In The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter , one of the most extraordinary debuts in modern American literature, an enigmatic deaf-mute draws out the haunted confessions of an itinerant worker, a young girl, a doctor, and a widowed owner of a small-town caf.
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'The Haunted Boy' is a collection of three miniature stories- 'The Haunted Boy', 'The Sojourner' and 'A Domestic Dilemma'. As the blurb suggests, these short. In A Domestic Dilemma (17 pages), a man leaves work in the city to commute home. There he finds his young children unsupervised downstairs. He finds his wife. The boy of our story is trying to cope with a life that is about to collapse around him. His bravery is outstanding. A moving account of terror, love and hope.