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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

2010/02/17

Wow.  I’m almost finished with this.  I can’t believe I never read it before.  It’s very sad.  It says so much about that era in the South.  When I read something that resonates so, I always want to find out as much as possible about the author.  Now I want to read a biography about her.  I want to know about her childhood and adulthood.  I wonder how she met her husband, a fellow writer.  I definitely identify her with her character, Mick, in the book.  There is so much nuance and, again, so much sadness. 

I want to diagnose Blount’s mental illness (bi-polar? schizoid personality disorder?), I love Portia for her positive attitude & kindness.  Biff is depressed.  At times I wonder if he is a pedophile (please don’t act on your urges, Biff!).  However, an adult having a crush on a schoolgirl isn’t so bad as long as they have the boundaries to not act on it.  I guess I should say it’s not so unnatural.  Acting on it would be wrong and unnatural.  At other times I wonder if he is a latent homosexual.  Perhaps something will happen that tells me before the book ends.  He is definitely a very depressed individual, as is Singer.  Poor Dr. Copeland.  So depressed!

Loneliness is sad.  Being alone can be invigorating, empowering.  Being lonely is just pain.

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16 Responses to “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”


  1. Because of your Blog post- I searched out this book online- now I want to read it, will have to check and see if my library has it. I found a list of 100 best English language novels
    http://www.time.com/time/2005/100books/the_complete_list.html
    Have a great Day!!
    Gerardine

    • Julie Says:

      Gerardine, that is so cool. I loved the book. It was sad, southern gothic fiction, but I like that. The prose was extraordinary. xoxo

  2. shoreacres Says:

    Your distinction between being alone and being lonely – so true. It’s a lesson we all learn, over and over.

    • Julie Says:

      Yes, I agree. It is in us as far as which it is going to be, I think. Not sure if I’m strong enough to consciously channel it in the positive direction, although I rarely feel lonely.

  3. Jingle Says:

    u r curious like a child.
    I admire your ability to read, reflect, think, and learn…

    Happy Post!
    Have An Awesome Weekend.

  4. Mindy Says:

    Hello there! This is a synchronicity…today I was playing piano for a singer at her lesson and the translation of the German text made me think of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which I hadn’t thought of in decades. And then you commented on my Twitter poll at essencesonline.com (Healing Waters) and here I am. Wow. I only have a personal Twitter account at present but I did sign up to follow you. Please follow back and read my tweets to date to see how my mind works. I haven’t decided yet what to do about HW on Twitter.

  5. Julie Says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for telling me this. I love “coincidences” (not) like that! I’ve following you back. Thank for responding, and be well!

    • Mindy Says:

      hi, Julie….maybe i missed seeing you in my Twitter followers, or maybe you left already? i’m knittingpuppy there.

      • Julie Says:

        Hey Mindy, I’ll make sure I’m following you. I thought I was, but my mind hasn’t been its most alert, so I may have missed it.

  6. divamover Says:

    I read this book years ago, and realized I remember very little of it. You’ve inspired me to read it again. Re-reading works as a mature person that I “had to” read in school is a unexpected pleasure. Thanks for the nudge!

  7. Jingle Says:

    u Deserve a star today!

    an award for u,
    thank U for shining consistently.
    😉

  8. Jaymie Says:

    Alone and lonely – two different beasts. You are like a reading machine! So many books, so little time. 😉


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