Thursday, May 3, 2012

"The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" A Classic Then and Now


Classics Then and Now book club was started in the fall of 2011 by our patron Marty Miller.  This club has discussed some of the best classics including A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood.  

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 six interested book club members met to discuss The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.  Ms. McCullers was a Southern Gothic writer born in Columbus, Georgia in 1917.  This debut novel is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s Georgia mill town. 

Carson McCullers
Carson McCullers was a contemporary of Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.  The group was astonished to learn that she was only 23 when this novel was published.  Ms. McCullers died at age 50 in 1967.  A movie adaptation was made in 1968 starring Alan Arkin. She is also the author of three other novels, some poetry, short stories and two plays.

The Classics Then and Now book club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.  Members take turns leading and all participate willingly as this is a welcoming and friendly group.  The discussions are active and stimulating.
The selection for the June 5, 2012 meeting is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.  Library patrons are most welcome to obtain a copy of the book at the front desk along with an author bio and "food for thought questions".  Come on in and join in the discussion!

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