When she was only 23, Carson McCullers's first novel created a literary sensation. She was very special, one of America's superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition. This novel is the work of a supreme artist, Carson McCullers's enduring masterpiece.
The heroine is the strange young girl, Mick Kelly. The setting is a small Southern town, the cosmos universal and eternal. The characters are the damned, the voiceless, the rejected. Some fight their loneliness with violence and depravity, Some with sex or drink, and some -- like Mick -- with a quiet, intensely personal search for beauty (from Goodreads).
I find myself tongue tied about this book, I do not know where to start writing this review, or how. I am scared that my review will not do justice to this book. It took me almost two weeks to read this book. This is not type of book that can be read in one sitting (well it can but it should not), there is much to it, I just did not what to miss anything. Once I finished reading, I just sat there and thought about it. What a magnificent read, I went on Google to find out more about Carson McCullers. She was only 23 years old when she wrote this book, 23 people. That in itself is just amazing, you have to read this book to understand what I mean. I thought that person who wrote this book must have been older, someone who has lived and experienced life and its injustice and wonders. How can someone so young be so in tuned with what is wrong with the world she lives in, it is just amazing.
Onto the book, this whole book is full of metaphors, that by the end of it I felt like this was one big metaphor. Story is told from number f different point of views, but each of these story’s revolves around the deaf mute, John Singer. I found it almost humours at times how each of these characters talks to the deaf mute. Each of them seek advice from MR Singer or they believe that he understands them. When in fact most times Mr. Singer has no idea what they are talking about but rather he spends most of his time thinking and longing to see his friend Antonapoulis, who is mental asylum. The story follows the dreams of four different people and their desire for better life. Mick Kelly, a awkward teenage who becomes obsessed with music. Jake Blount a man who know a secret that other people can not see, but Mr Singer knows it too. He is wanderer who is trying to inspire mill workers to strike to improve their condition. Dr Copeland, an African American man struggling with the injustice he and his people face, his desire to encourage and inspire black people for greatness. Biff Brannon shies away from his creative impulses.
This book is set during 1930’s Great Depression in the southern states. Story revolves around the low class and middle class families; during this time racial discrimination was still a huge problem. Story touches on the labour force and the low wages. The big gap between rich and working poor. This is a very sad story and all they ever faced were problems, imprisonment, death, illness, racism and more. I feel like I am not doing this book a justice with this review, but I do not feel like writing a assay and analysing this from cover to cover. This is blog is not about that. All I have to say, its been days and I still think about this book and that does not happen very often for. This makes you think and wonder about the world we live in. I give this book 5/5 STARS, this book deserves it. Happy reading everyone.